The place had to be put together fast and as inexpensive as possible. Luckily I was able to reuse existing pieces from the previous apartment. One thing we were happy to reuse was her beautiful glass chandelier and were beyond disappointed when we removed the existing light and saw a mess that my installer said looked as if a beaver chewed a hole thru the ceiling, no seriously that’s exactly what it looked like. So putting up our fab and heavy light just wasn’t an option. Needless to say we were all quite upset to have to put that light back in… Ugh.
I didn’t take any shots of the kitchen (sorry Marie!). She doesn’t cook so I didn’t have to do anything special like install shelves or pot racks or anything.
We’re not sure how long she’ll be in this apartment and it is a rental so we decided not to do anything too dramatic like painting or doing too many installations. All of her things fit pretty well as is (with the exception of family memorabilia that her children are storing) and she can’t easily climb a ladder to access high shelves anyway so the dressers and low bookshelf work just fine.
We did install a hook rack near the front door, shown in the fourth shot. Hats, gloves, and scarves are in the top cubbies of the low open bookcase with extra blankets and files in the bottom cubbies. There’s a small closet with open shelves near the entry that holds extra toiletries, an iron, medicine and a first aid kit, travel toiletries, small summer fan, etc. Cleaning supplies and a vacuum are under the sink in the kitchen. There are clothes in the 2 dressers, and the white drawer units that are acting as nightstands hold office supplies, checkbooks, gift cards, stationery and stamps, kindle and charger, jewelry, glasses….
The one thing we do plan on buying is a set of small upholstered chairs for the round glass table near the window to use as a dining chair. Other than that we figure she should live there for a while to see if there’s anything else she’d like me to do to make the space better. Otherwise we think it looks pretty good (especially considering it was done in 2 days).