Project Happy Apartment!

by agirlandhermutt on February 1, 2011

I’m doing everything I can to keep my head above the snow. It’s a little bit difficult today seeing as how we are getting 20 inches more today. Whatevs.

Rather than dwell…lets take a look at some of the little things in my apartment that are making me happy.

Despite my love for all things Christmas I realized that the Christmas nook could not stay as is for the whole year. I haven’t exactly decided what I want to do with this corner of my living room so for now it houses a small desk and this newest accessory.

My cute little Martha Stewart Christmas tree came down and was replaced by this twig arrangement by Bethleham Lights. My mom surprised me with it to help cheer me up during the winter!

While you can tell that the flowers are fake from close-up, they look pretty real  from even just a short distance away. I love it! They have a variety of colors available, but I’m so glad I went for the red color.

My next step in Project Happy Apartment was in another corner of the living room. I’ve been struggling with buying adult furniture and getting rid of my college-like items. I always figure, if it works why change it. This is what I end up with.


Not exactly the mature look I was going for with the 100% IKEA set up. Winking smile 

Hello tons of remote controls!

Oh, and did you see the best part of my set up? My coaster. Yep. Lindsay Lohan’s mugshot is my coaster. What?! I have a strange sense of humor.

My final change was up in the bathroom. My bathroom is TINY. Oh the joys of city apartment living. When I moved to my place I brought along the shower curtain. It was cute. It was girlie. I already had it.


Alas, I am almost 31 years old. It was time to retire the puff ball shower curtain.

Dig the birds? They seem to be a theme in my house. Check out the living room decal.

In addition to these minor little changes, I am adding some fun touches around the house. Including this funky flower vase my parents sent me.

Just add a touch of color and DONE!

And last, but certainly not least, is a project that I have still in the works. I ordered a few 5×7 prints of a few of my photos that I have taken over the year. I want to frame them for the kitchen. One of these is not like the other though.

Vertical destroyer of the horizontal family!

I removed this bad boy from the bunch and I realized that I have a nice photo collection of the four seasons. These will be appearing on my wall soon. WOOT!

Le sigh…I’m feeling so much better with all the happy touches in the house. I’m no Young House Love, but I do make myself happy. The Scientist is digging the changes. The mutt seems content. All is right with the AGAHM world.

You know…except the snow. Blah.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Kristina @ spabettie February 1, 2011 at 5:03 pm

it’s fun to change up the surroundings now and then, and during the winter bringing in touches that make you feel bright and cheery really do go a long way…



Michelle February 1, 2011 at 8:26 pm

I love the changes! I think the coffee table change is my favorite… seems to make the biggest impact.

There is clearly something wrong with me, I am not sick of the snow at all!


ashleigh February 1, 2011 at 9:47 pm

I think everything looks great! I especially like both your old and new shower curtains… too cute! I buy myself fresh flowers every week, they make me happy 🙂


Dorry February 1, 2011 at 11:06 pm

LOVING all the changes! You know I dig the birds. 🙂 It’s amazing what a few new things can do to spruce up a space. We’re “snowed in” in Dallas, too. Which just means ice.


Stephanie @ The Cookie Battle February 2, 2011 at 11:02 am

You have inspired me today. I am going to do some redecorating with my snow day!


Noelle February 2, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Everything looks great Erin! However the coaster issue made me snort/choke on my coffee and I am really sick so that led to coughing and blowing etc. You should have posted a warning so I was ready for that sort of humor. LMAO
I ADORE birds! I buy every bird stamp I can get my hands on LOL


Christin@purplebirdblog February 3, 2011 at 7:18 pm

Your improvements are fantastic! I loooove the bird shower curtain and decal… I have a bit of a bird problem. And I have a similar plan to get a bunch of 5x7s printed out for this room divider/photo frame thingy, but I too have to pick all horizontally laid out ones! I’m having a hard time deciding. 🙂


Megan February 5, 2011 at 11:33 pm

I love what you’ve done! This makes me wish I lived closer to you – I’d love to go shopping with you. 🙂


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