So how did it turn out?
How did the idea board vision turn into reality?
Anyone who knows me knows that I'm not great at envisioning how things will turn out, whether it be a paint color (in my last house, I repainted the living room walls three times until I got it right), a novel I'm writing, or in this case, an apartment layout.
We ended up going with a different rug that better fit the style of the apartment, and sadly the little green file cabinets that I loved so much were no longer being sold at Ikea by the time we got around to buying furniture. The arrangement is slightly different, with our coffee table housing our projector which points at a screen that drops down in front of the bed nook (so we can watch movies from either the couch or the bed).
I'd say overall, it turned out pretty close! Some of the sizes were a bit different, and the layout was different, but the space definitely includes most of the things I originally envisioned.
Here are a few more angles:
I've spend the last four months (or longer) trolling apartmenttherapy.com and ikea and urban outfitters, trying to plan out my new apartment before I have any idea what it looks like. This is probably the result of living in temporary housing for so long; decorating in my mind has had to be the poor substitute for actually getting my hands dirty.
I wanted to share my idea boards before I share what apartment looks like so that we can all compare the ideal with the reality.