My best friend has recently moved moved apartments in St. Louis. By recently, I mean she is sweeping the floor in her old place as I type, and she’s bringing the last of her belongings into her new space. I’m heading to St. Louis later today to help her settle in as a belated birthday present — and mostly because this is just the kind of thing we like to do for each other despite the distance. Kind of silly, huh? She helped me de-clutter my place in Savannah before I moved, and this was the least I could do after that extravaganza. Our time spent together is best spent helping out on those things that we just can’t seem to figure out alone. Here’s another silly: dry cleaning. That is totally on the agenda for this weekend.
Besides the dry cleaning, I’m hoping we can tackle a little more than the unpacking. While that’s a huge part of settling, I know from recent experience that doing a few decorating projects just after moving does wonders. While we’re on a strict budget — moving is spensy! — so I’ve put together a small round-up of budget-friendly decorating projects for a new apartment that I’m hoping we’ll be able to get done this weekend. From pictures of her new place, I can tell that the landlord is a-ok with a little paint here and there. I’m hoping some on the door won’t take that too far. Mint or a neon pink perhaps? A gallery wall, even if left blank for now, will instantly make the space feel more settled. We will probably try to find cheap frames at Good Will or Salvation Army and hit them up with a good old fashioned can of spray paint to give a cohesive look. All those pieces snuggled up together is just so comforting to me for some reason. Megan will be able to take her time collecting prints as she sees fit, but this will at least get something on the wall that has some structure. Last, but probably most importantly, I’m hoping to sneak a few plants into the mix. You really can’t go wrong with greenery. Maybe some Christmas lights to top it all off? Tis the season.
Do you have any quick and budget-friendly suggestions for a new space? I’m all ears, and I’m sure Megan is as well. I can’t wait to get started on all the fun. Bars, schmars.
If you’d like to follow along on the progress, I can’t promise, but I’m pretty sure that we’ll be posting updates on instagram as the weekend progresses. Happy weekend friends!