I moved in with my boyfriend a couple years ago, and the transition was so slow and subtle that we never really changed anything - I didn't have a space to put my stuff... He just sort of moved 5 inches to the left to fit me in the corner, so to speak.
Early March, I reached a breaking point. I could no longer stand the terrible mess I was living in. I planned for a few days before pitching the idea to my boyfriend, who immediately argued with every change I proposed (which is why I planned, I had to justify everything I wanted to do.) Anyway, after some, uhmm, forcing, he was left with no other choice but to agree.
I'll give him credit, he was AMAZING with helping me prepare... and I mean, AMAZING. Cleaning, moving things, even buying a new desk... <3 Also, he put up with my constant insane planning - I have a little to-scale paper model of the room, in a folder with everything I was going to buy, the receipts once it was bought, etc... (Now he jokes that when we get married I'll have a gigantic book of planning... I probably will.)
I bought all new furniture, pillows, sheets, everything. It was not on any kind of budget, so I did spend a lot, but I think it was just so necessary and worth it in the end!
This is my inspiration. (Also the first picture because I do not want my "before" pics to be the main image.)
I'm embarrassed to show the before pictures, but it's really necessary in understanding the difference. So, here goes.
Luckily, I had boys to help move furniture (standing is my boyfriend, on the bed his brother)
The other side of the room - It's a bit more messy because we were in the process of taking apart my bf's desk.)
After all the cleaning, it looked like this:
Ahhhh better already!
My parents bought me the paint for my birthday, and they came over 3 days in a row to give me a hand..
Paint mom, paint!!
The finished color, I did the whole second coat. (No, I didn't make my mom paint the whole thing!!)
Finally on Sunday we put everything back in: new dresser, bookcase, CD rack, night table and couch!
My bed, I love love love the colors. (Still need some kind of art for above the bed, completely open to suggestions.)
400 thread count duvet cover, sheets, pillow cases and shams... to die for! (30% off at linen chest, for those who have access to one - highly recommended.)
My couch, complete with my inspiration pillows.
This is the only "crafty" thing I did - I hemmed the curtains because they were too long and touched the heater, not safe...
Last but definitely not least, the 52" (not new, highly depreciated in value) TV... Looks snazzy in the room now, before it looked really awkward.
I'm so in love with it now, it feels sooo good to get home to a place that feels like its half mine for once. I can actually CLEAN it without getting discouraged!!