A mattress and a tv table that we use for everything: breakfast (as you can see), writing, for the computer.. That’s all we’ve got. The apartment is still pretyt bare, but it will slowly, but surely become a home. I already love this place.
Yesterday we met the estate agent and got the keys of the apartment. The pink wallpaper shocked us a bit, we didn’t remember it that pink. It was freezing cold and it was difficult to move our stuff from my brother’s to the apartment, so we bought the first few indispensable things (like the coffee machine, of course!) and then I went measuring the rooms for today’s trip to Ikea.
Moreover, finally, as from today we are leideners! We worked out the last burocracies and got welcomed in the Netherlands by a very friendly city hall employee.
We drove to the Ikea and spent a few hours buying basic things: a mattress, cutlery, one small (and cheap!) tv stand that we’ll be using as a table for the first couple of weeks. Back in Leiden it was freezing cold (-4°C, but we felt like it was -20°C). I’m happy we are on the couch cuddling right now, the last evening watching tv on a sofa for a while..
During the three years I live in Turin I never really loved my apartment. Most of the time I was alone and when my roommate was there we didn’t have the usual college fun. I didn’t really decorate the house because I felt it was going to be over soon, even if I lived there for three long years. You understand why it never really grew from being a house to being a home to me.
This time, instead, I am looking forward to making our new tiny apartment be a home. We have lots of ideas and fortunately we share pretty much the same taste with regard to decorating : furniture, kitchenware, linen.. we like it light, sandy or pastel. Another thing we both love is having many very colorful dishes, cups and glasses; a bit in contrast with the rest.
Since we have to wait another 5 days (which look endless to me) to enter our apartment, I’d like to share some photos that inspire me and are just my style. With the small budget we have I’m looking forward to find old/used pieces of furniture and to completely renew them in our free time.
Oh, and I am a great fan of cups and mugs, so I will need one room just for my collection which will be ever-growing (just like in the last pic)