Gangnam living

I’ve moved!

After a year of commuting an hour each way to work, church, and pretty much anywhere I need to go – I’ve finally moved to Gangnam, a central area of Seoul. It’s only been a few days and so far I’m missing a lot of furniture and necessities, but I am so so so thankful for how easy the process was. I’m a planner and an organizer and I’m conditioned to think the worst for all things. So in the morning, as I was waiting for my new appliances to arrive, I felt like this:

But in all honesty, I had such good people around me who helped make the process easier. I got my appliances in, and the moving truck wasn’t set to arrive until later that night… so I had friends who invited me over for a deeeelicious dinner:

(seriously, how lucky am I?)

Now as I’m starting to settle in, I’m finding a lot more time to just reflect and be on my own instead of surrounded by hundreds of people within a commute… like in the morning I can sit and enjoy the summer breeze:

And I’m able to walk home to enjoy the last little bits of sunlight along the city streets.

I obviously haven’t been at my place very long – and I’m slowly trying to make the space feel like home. It’s not a large space, but at the same time, it’s not a hole in the wall either. I’m trying to incorporate pieces that are simple, but that still speak to my personality. I’ll do a full apartment post another time, but for now – just a sneak peak!

Everyone that knows me knows that I love simple, neutral colors, but with little pops here and there. I also don’t like anything too commercialized or something that anyone else has. So for decor, I knew I wanted to incorporate something I’d done myself – and also include others in it. I recruited two of my friends to each pick a color of acrylic paint, and along with one color I’d chosen – I came up with this number (before touchups!) using this DIY as inspiration!:

I put it up above my couch after touchups, and I love it! It’s the perfect piece to start centering other decor around – and I love that my artwork includes my friends. It’s no Van Gogh, but hey – it’s not about being professional or amateur, but making your space your own. Here’s to many more days in my Gangnam home!

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