The Great Combine
I am excited about the prospect of getting to walk in a designer’s shoes for a while and better understand some of the challenges they face.

The New Year is a time for changes and a time to re-evaluate goals. For me, this included moving in with my boyfriend—on New Year's Eve. Yeah, we were one of those couples. Friends and family grumbled about it, but they helped us.

We found a new place and are blending all of our belongings. It's definitely a step up from where either of us had been living; especially the amenities.

Our living room/dining room/kitchen the morning after the initial move.

Our living room/dining room/kitchen the morning after the initial move.

And the best part? Unlike a lot of apartment complexes, our place lets up paint the rooms, hang stuff up, etc. Many places don't trust their tenants to not mess with the integrity of walls and other surfaces, so they put restrictive rules on what they can do with the rental space. I myself was happy that I would finally be able to put some of my Pinterest ideas to good use.

Only I quickly realized that all my grandiose ideas would only work for a home that would either need to be built from the ground up, or completely gutted out and reconstructed. Ah well, a girl can dream, right?

So, I started creating new boards and really paying attention to what the two of us already owned. How would I mesh together two separate lives, with very different backgrounds, and present them in a way that was modern and fresh—a look that both of us love?

In this process, I realized that this is what designers must face every day. They have clients that already have tons of ideas (whether they would actually work for the space or not), they have to repurpose items in order to keep to a budget and even blend tastes to make everyone happy. And let me tell you—I have a newfound respect for designers and the creativity they have to use on a regular basis!

Unfortunately, being a twenty-something who is currently renting, this means I don't really have the budget in order to work with a designer, even though I would love to right about now. Whether it was to just bounce ideas off each other—do designers offer consultation-type services?—or to have them actually come into my space and see what would work, it would feel a lot less overwhelming to have a professional by my side to guide me through this process.

Alas, I will be figuring this one out for myself.

Our living room/dining room/kitchen as of January 9. That grouping of boxes on the floor represents our future dining room table!

Our living room/dining room/kitchen as of January 9. That grouping of boxes on the floor represents our future dining room table!

So, I gave the process a whirl the other night by sorting out all of our pictures, artwork and other hang-able things based on their color. I have ideas of color schemes and themes I would like for each room, but not all of them has a ton of wall space to use. I am quickly learning to work with the area, instead of letting my brain run amok with ideas for a space I don't even have.

As I was doing this, I came to understand something. No matter how much I wanted to just use items we already owned and possibly give them a little love and repurposing, there were some items that would just need to be replaced or bought outright in order to better serve our new needs and new space. While my wallet cried for a little while, I looked at it as an opportunity to really be creative and hunt down that perfect thing to go in the perfect spot.

I am also learning that while going yard sale-ing or eBay shopping could indeed be fun, for the sake of wear-and-tear, I will most likely need to find some new items to go into our new home. This could easily lead to future posts from me drowning in questions about furniture.

This will require us to change things up one at a time (because let's face it, even the paint will cost money and energy), but I am excited about the prospect of getting to walk in a designer's shoes for a while and better understand some of the challenges they face. 

For Designers Today, Bridget deals with content - writing her own and editing guest material. Managing the production of website content, she works closely with social media and digital materials. Keep up with her blog series, where she navigates the world of design through the lens of a Millennial shopper.