When we moved to Scotland, I hoped our flat would be larger then our old American apartment (which was about 300 sq. ft. not including the screened in porch/entry). We spent a week searching for a flat, which is a whole different story, but discovered our perfect little place in a small village just outside of Glasgow. The building itself is quite old and the ceilings in our flat are very, very tall. I love the open feeling of our flat and the fact that we actually have rooms and doors and even a hallway now, instead of a one room studio!
Decorating has been a bit difficult because we're attempting to be very cheap. When looking at flats, we initially thought about trying to find a furnished one, but I couldn't get past the idea of using someone else's couch or bed. When we got our flat it was furnished with two objects: A bookshelf and a tv stand (which is our current shoe stand.)
We brought over far too many books. I snuck mine in my carry on (which my shoulder later regretted) because all of our bags were weighed, except for my purse and we were dangerously over the limit. When we finally got here and unpacked, we kept pulling out book after book after book. Clearly, Aaron's stealthy packing skills paid off because I had no clue we had brought all of these!
I'm just thankful for cheap, sturdy, IKEA furniture. And yes, our dining room table shares the same space as our living room couch. The table most often serves as a perch for the Bitty Kitty to survey the back yard as well as a study area for Aaron. The couch doubles as a guest bed (friends and family, this is what you'll sleep on when you visit!) and I knitted the pouf and painted the (crooked) picture. I have plans for that driftwood in the corner, but currently it is serving as visual interest for that corner.
We're big fans of double-duty furniture here. These small IKEA dressers, put together by yours truly, work perfectly as small nightstands, and they hold most of our clothing rather neatly.
The second bedroom in the flat has been designated as my art room. The afternoon light streams in the windows and since it's the smallest room in the house, I crank up the radiator without too much guilt. It's cheery and comfortable and possibly my favorite room.
There is still more to decorate (awkward nook in the living room, I'm looking at you!) but for now the flat is cozy and comfortable. Having our own place makes living abroad much easier. It's nice to come home to a bit of familiarity and comfort every day!