New Series from Urban Lifestyle Chic – Apartment Chic
We are going to take you on a journey from moving in to styling our brand new apartment in the luxury development located in the bayside suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. Join Urban Lifestyle Chic as we pour over colour choices for walls, dining chairs, art placement and training our cheeky French Bulldog on balcony living.
Here is the deal, about two years ago my wife and I were driving in our local neighbourhood on our way to god knows where, probably the supermarket or something as mundane as that, when we saw a placard for a new apartment development. If I’m totally honest we were drawn in, like moths to a flame, by the billboard featuring suntanned and beautiful (albeit fake) people by a swimming pool – sure that could be us one day, although a shade paler and maybe missing the six pack (me at least).
We walk into the sales centre and bam we are greeted by this guy called Matt – he’s engaging and happy and he is, in a nutshell, the consummate salesman! Anyone including us (and I consider myself a deft negotiator) who thought they stood a chance at the hands of this man was only fooling themselves. We knew we were goners.
I recall vividly burning rubber out of the sales carpark and saying to my wife – I can’t believe we just bought an apartment! We were like most females highly impressed that we managed to get a “good deal” finally we had bought something in the sought after Bayside suburbs. For those unfamiliar with the Melbourne landscape and suburbs in Melbourne, if you are bayside of the major road Nepean Hwy you’re pretty much on the “right” side of the Hwy. Finally we were going to be in that group and on “that” side of the Hwy.
Fast-forward almost three years and our off-the-plan luxury apartment is almost ready for the main event – our habitation. With some reasonable and downright brag worthy capital gains, we are pleased with our purchase. Phew that impulse buy has paid off, if not on dumb luck.
So what do you think about when you are moving from your humble renters abode after 8 years and into luxury bliss – you think of every thing! Suddenly the high end finishes that come with the apartment (that you have already paid for!) are not good enough and you engage with yourself in this game of one-up man ship to outdo yourself. Too many episodes of The Block for me and an obsession with Belle Magazine further fuel my desire for a designer decorated apartment and I’ll be damned if I am going to hire a decorator when I can do it myself! After all I’ve watched more than enough episodes of The Block and other designer reality t.v. shows and read way too many House and Garden and Belle Magazine issues, how hard can this be? We are about to find out.
Everything from lighting choices (the important stuff, pendant lighting – mood lighting etc) to where we put the couch, scrap that – where we buy the couch – is up for grabs.
Illusive items are proving to be the dining chairs and an outdoor balcony setting. Finding the right style at the right price is impossible. Let’s be clear, I have found many chairs that would be perfect but like all things I cast my eye over and want I have that uncanny ability to pick the most expensive product in the room. Dining chairs are no exception. The other week I walked into this gorgeous furniture shop in South Melbourne and fell in love with Japanese hand crafted dining chairs. At $1500 a chair, yes that’s right, it’s for one of these beauties, it looks like they will continue to spend time in the store and not in my new apartment.
And here begins this blog series, where I will take you on the journey from move to habitation and re- house training the temperamental and the all too spoilt fur child, Oscar the French Bulldog (there will be photos to come). We will review colour pallettes together, delve into the world of designer rug choices and of course those illusive dining chairs.
In a world where I have compromised on square footage and therefore made claim to having a Belle Magazine worthy apartment by the end of it as the reasonable compromise, let’s see where we end up. I suspect there will be further compromise, purse strings being what they are and then justifying to myself (and my wife) that $1500 outdoor two-seated dining table (not the chairs, just the table). But I will have a stellar apartment at the end. Let’s see if we can get a feature in a designer magazine by the end of this adventure.
Note: Photos from http://www.sandyhill.com.au