Went furniture shopping with my parents today. We were looking primarily for a bedroom set, since that's what they're going to pay for, but we also looked at couches and futons. This was my favorite bed
. It's a queen size, and it's pretty and simple and classy without being gigantic and imposing and un-me like most of the big heavy wood things you find in a furniture store. It looked even nicer in person. So that's the bed pick. The problem with picking a metal frame bed is that they don't often have a dresser and nightstand and all to match it. So we'll have to find that ourselves.
The thought occurred to my mom, though, that her friend Denise paints furniture (and murals, and all kinds of things) and we could get a cheaper nightstand and dresser and ask Denise to paint it so it looks nice with the bed and rug. I'm thinking the metal frame bed would look really nice with my oriental rug (from the living room in our old apartment), and she could paint something that would match the rug. She can do antiqueing and flowers and stuff, and the things she paints look really nice. I coudl get funky knobs from Home Depot or something to make it look even cooler. So I would actually love that, to have a customized bedroom. My biggest concern with that is when it could logistically get done. I'm moving in two weeks, and it would be better to get it done as soon as possible while I'm still at Mom's house--it's an hour from here to Denise's house, and then after I move it's another hour from either of those to my new place, so I would rather get it done sooner. Of course, a bed is way more necessary than a dresser, so I don't technically *need* the dresser in order to move in. But still. Want to get it done, don't want to drag it out.
Regarding the living room. If the oriental rug goes in the bedroom, then the green muppet rug goes in the living room. (If you haven't seen it: I bought this rug because when we first saw it, it was so soft and fluffy and GREEN that Amy wondered how many muppets had to die to make it.) So, muppet rug in the living room. We were figuring a futon would be the cheapest way to go for a couch, but then we stopped at Jennifer Convertibles and saw this sofabed
. The one we saw was brown corduroy, which was more expensive, and the one in the picture is a beige microfiber. It's really nice, and really soft and comfy, and it folds out to a full-size bed. So I like that a lot, and I'd spend probably $200 at least on a futon since I want a better one than the black one I left in Boston, so I might as well get something really cute like this. And Mom and I picked up these cheapy-cheap throw pillows for $1.75 each in green and blue that would be perfect on this sofa. So I'm really leaning towards this, and the muppet green rug with the beige couch and green and blue pillows would make for a very Rox-esque living room.
So, haven't bought anything yet, but I've got some things picked out. What else do I need?
- Bookshelves. I need at least three bookshelves. IKEA has decent-looking ones for $49.99
. That's not too bad, and they also come in green for an extra $10 each
, but it might be too bright a green for my living room. They've also got this one for $29.99
, but that looks cheap-assier to me. I'd rather go with white, to match the TV stand thing I've got for the living room, than the fakey wood look. OfficeMax has similar plain white ones for $34.98
; Staples has pretty much the same thing, for $49.99
, and if I'm spending that I'll just get them at IKEA, thanks. If anybody knows of other affordable bookshelves out there in the world, let me know. They don't have to be strikingly beautiful, they just have to, um, hold books.
- VCR and DVD player.
- desk - Mom says I can have the one they've been using to put crap on in the attic.
- drying rack and over-the-toilet shelf thing
- cat supplies, but that can wait until the place is settled enough for the cat to move in
I've got $100+ in Target gift cards I've been saving up that could go towards electronics, or could go towards stuff like curtains and pillows and sheets (at least two sets of queen sheets for myself and a set of full sheets if I get the sofabed so y'all can have something to sleep on), all of which I will need.
I wish I could just get all of this done right now, at one location that will deliver the crap.
Haven't gotten the lease in the mail yet, but they did cash my deposit check. I'm guessing that means I'm good to go, but I will call on Monday to make sure.