Ok, so I'm starting with the after, which is kind of like starting with dessert, but I don't care! I live in a white box, student grad housing, could be very depressing, apartment - but a little imagination goes a long way and here we are! (I would also like to point out how ladylike Maggie is NOT being.)
See, not much to work with, but sometimes a blank slate is a good thing. On to more pictures.
This is our little catchall station. Mr. Strongman is assuming his position of authority with a little birdie, mirror, and cane (why not?) to help.
The sitting zone with a lot of old favorites from our last place and one beautiful new couch. The couch is a liiiitle over sized for the scale of the space, but Tim and I were ready for a couch big enough to cuddle on, so design rules be damned (or gently bent).
Look at those happy cats...
This is our new entertainment center. It's a lot different from our old one because of the total lack of any architectural details in our apartment, but I'm so glad we could incorporate Tim's awesome shelves in a prominent space.
My chandelier also gets prime location and I love love love having this "Room In Use" sign up in our living room! I don't really like words like "home" or "dream", but "Room In Use" is so happy sounding :)
Other treasures find their places, including our beloved radio, to bring together this oh so comfy and happy room.
More from the white box challenge to come soon! I'm hoping to get the bedroom or kitchen conquered next...