At the age of 25 something really, really awesome happened. I was able to find my own home. I had worked for it, cried, spent countless nights hoping and trying to work towards something. I wanted my own place. I had lived in an apartment before, but it was with someone else. After that relationship ended, I moved into my parents basement. The exactly dreamy tale that every 20-something just LOVES to tell people. “I live in my parents basement.” I waited and waited and honestly thought that I was never, ever going to be able to have my OWN place. My own place. I can’t tell you how many messages I sent to my friends saying that someday I was going to have my OWN place and it was going to be so, so freaking worth the wait.
Normally I talk about clothes and funny stories, but today I’m talking about funny stories and how blogging truly helped me move into my own place and give a home tour that means so much to me. How did blogging help me? How did YOU help me? Yes, every single time that you clicked on a link on my blog that was of a clothing item, you most likely helped me be able to own my own place.
I typically use my affiliate money ONLY for college loan payments. However, I felt like I could justify JUST a three month break and save all of the money I was receiving to put together my living room on a BARE budget. I mean, cheap as it could get without looking like it. It actually became a game to me, how can I save money without making it look like I am sacrificing style just to have something there. Because of my blogging money, I was able to put down a deposit on my place and rest easy knowing I had money to make it a home without stretching my budget.
Here’s the breakdown of how I spent my blogging income:
That red velvet couch? I paid $100 for it. How? Craigslist. What was my secret? How did I not get killed? Every day for a few months I looked online at the recently posted furniture ads. I knew that I wanted a statement piece and as soon as I saw that a local company was getting rid of it, I knew that a red velvet couch was going to be it. I had to play coy, act like I wasn’t *that* interested, point out the flaws, express how it was used so I wasn’t sure if I wanted to buy it, in order to take about $40 off.
I did the same thing for the black piece of furniture. In fact, that purchase ended up being from my NEIGHBOR TWO BLOCKS OVER. Yep, I totally ended up taking a home tour of her place, look at her storage stuff and give her remodeling advice. All because of Craigslist and a $40 black entry table. At one point we basically were like, “ARE WE BFFS NOW?!” and then proceeded to talk about her home updates for the spring.
One of my favorite things about this room is that I feel like it’s so perfectly me. The wall cling from Walls Need Love Too is exactly what I want to see as I leave for work in the morning, The sign next to it that says, “I’m in the pursuit of happiness” is exactly where I am in life. The pillows are fun and comfortable but still stylish on a baller budget. Plus, the people could not have been more fun to work with!
Minted contacted me about some of their fine art prints at the absolute perfect time. I had NO idea what I wanted my place to look like because well, it was just a bunch of white walls. I chose two prints that I LOVED (the second will be featured later this week) and let the rest take care of itself. I cannot recommend them enough for art pieces.
I found that quirky little ceramic pretzel at a market in my hometown of Wichita, Kansas and actually got to talk to the owner and basically became BFFs. The coasters are from one of my best friends who bought them for me with the intention for me to be reminded to be KINDER to myself. To take time and appreciate where I am.
Everywhere I look in the room I see things that make me happy. Things from family, friends, sayings that have carried me for years and all of it has come together in the most amazing way for me.
Coffee table and Bar Cart: Ikea
Candle Holders: Gift from family
Wall Frames: Michael’s
Prints: Custom created in Illustrator
Glassware for the bar: Friends and TJ Maxx
I’ll write more about this, but 2016 and being 25 have been the absolute best time of my life. I really mean that. I don’t think that I have ever been happier and have truly begun an amazing time of my life that is filled with the most supportive, wonderful people that I know in real life and on the internet. I really want to thank YOU for the support that you have given to me and how you’ve been one of the best parts of this wonderful time of my life.
It’s not the most perfect place but honestly to me it is right now. It’s exactly where I want to be after coming from after a day at work and it’s exactly what I was working for while I was struggling and really thought that I would be out of my parents basement. AND I’m even more excited to show you the fun I had with my kitchen. I legitimately get giggling when I talk about my place because I AM SO FREAKING HAPPY and I really, really am thankful for everyone’s support and for YOU, even though you probably had no idea that you were making this possible.