I’ve lived alone for the last three years and have absolutely loved it. I’ve cherished every single moment of solitude in my little apartment. That is, until my boyfriend of over a year and I decided it was time to take the plunge and move in together. Here’s the thing: I’m obsessed with my apartment and all that it contained. I purchased everything on my own, and I felt each piece represented my taste and therefore served as a mode of comfort for me. I saved a lot of money to attain each item and it took well over a year to make my space feel like home. When friends visited, they would instantly get a sense of who I am and my style, and I never wanted that to change.
Once we decided to make the move (into my abode), my BF and I obviously had to talk about what our home would look like and what we would need for it. His idea, of course, was to buy all-new things that represented both of us, which is a fair request. Was I pumped to replace the pieces I’d spent hard-earned money on and completely adored? No. But I understood that this would now be his home, too, and he deserved to love everything in our place as much as I did. So mature of me, right?
Once we came to an agreement on what our look and overall aesthetic would be, I felt much less panicked about the whole situation. In reality, my boyfriend's taste isn’t too far off from mine (phew). I would describe my style as mid-century modern meets bohemian. I love mixing patterns and textures with beautiful shades of wood and I prefer a cozy, lived-in vibe. As for my guy, he gravitates toward a more modern aesthetic. He’s into dark, rich shades, a lot of wood and he typically avoids too much color variation or prints. (My thoughts on the latter: That’s too bad, sir! You’re getting a hint of both!) So how did we reach a happy medium, you ask?
After a hectic move-in process and a lot of reorganizing, my boyfriend and I made it happen. We donated a lot of our old furniture and managed to make my once ultra-feminine apartment a home that truly represents both of us, not only as a couple, but as individuals. We invested in pieces we’ll have for years and I’m so happy with the outcome. The best part? We didn’t kill each other! Moving in with a significant other isn’t so hard after all.