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Decorating with Roommates: Living Room Decor

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Am I the only one who has dreams of how I'm going to decorate my home?  Maybe its the designer in me, but I love thinking about how I'm going to organize my things and what new item I can get to pull the whole look together.  Maybe I was an interior designer in another life.  This really could be because I recently moved into a new apartment and I'm convinced that girls just love to nest.  It's definitely an integral part of getting situated and feeling like you have a space of your own.

Living with a roommate, makes the experience a little different.  Don’t get me wrong, I love living with my roommate, but in having a roommate you have to learn to nest and decorate together especially since we both want to have an “adult” apartment thats cozy and pretty to look at.  Of course, I still have dreams (and a moodboard!) of what my future living room is going to look like, but that’s just going to have to wait until I get a place of my own.  It has been a crazy (fun!) process trying to figure out how to mix our two styles.  My style is definitely more neutral, contemporary and simplistic while my roommate is more global, boho but also simplistic.  That’s where we overlap in our styles.  We both don’t like clutter and lean toward a more minimalistic look.  We came up with a simplistic, global style that we’re both loving and having a blast finding pieces to blend our tastes.  It’s great because we are travelers and have a bunch of pieces we’ve acquired from our travels.   Above is the inspiration board we're using to create our perfect living room.

The first piece we got to start this journey was a rug.  It looks similar to the one pictured in number 3 above and is definitely a great way to add some color (shocker for me!) and should really tie everything together.  It is still a process and we’re still figuring out how to put the finishing touches together.  Hopefully, it’ll be ready soon and I can do a follow-up post!

Also, the above is just a sampling of the crazy moodboards I create for these types of projects.  I had so many people asking me how I do it.  I love Pinterest and being able to see your pins on one board, but I feel like they’re all so spread apart and sometimes you don’t love everything you’ve pinned.  I pull my favorites into Adobe Illustrator, but this is very easily done in a program like Powerpoint or even Microsoft Word.  I tend to also pull pictures of the pieces I’m thinking of buying (i.e. TV stand, coffee table, shelves, etc.) to see how they all look together.

Happy decorating!

Yours truly // Shannon