Look for things you can make your own. I am always on the lookout for pieces that I can paint, cover, fix or alter.
You will argue with your boyfriend during these kinds of projects. Your mother will be driven demented by the smell of paint. Tears will likely be shed. But if all goes well these are the pieces you will take with you when you leave. These are the pieces that will make your first out-of-home place feel like home. A modern day trousseau.
Sometimes it will be something as simple as a cheap ikea step stool painted white with spray painted golden steps. Other times it will be a rickety woodworm filled chair that you carried (ahem, your boyfriend carried) all the way home from the flea market.
I never knew such joy could be found in a can of gold spray paint but then again I didn’t have a golden pineapple before now either.
It is likely that this will be my last season of living in my family home and so I am documenting the ups and downs, frustrations and joys in this space as it all comes to a close.