After two years, our apartment is finally starting to come together. I feel like we’ve managed to create a simple, stylish, yet comfortable space on a budget, something which can be quite hard to do in an expensive city like Dakar.
I thought I’d share some hints and tips on how we achieved a chic, yet affordable look.
We had almost all our furniture made by a great local carpenter. The rest, we were lucky enough to inherit from family who were leaving. We find having furniture made using strong and sturdy local wood lasts much longer than the more expensive items you find at big department stores.
As it’s a rental apartment and we can’t change the walls, we used colourful, mainly African-inspired accessories like pillows, throws, rugs and baskets to add pops of colours to the neutral background.
In one corner we have a couple of rainbow-coloured storage baskets which not only look pretty but are extremely useful for tidying away bits and pieces. We use them to store books, magazines and blankets for those (rare) chilly nights.
Our hallway is quite spacious so we decided to use it as a separate dining room. We had this chunky wooden table and benches made by our carpenter.
These glasses were formerly pasta sauce jars. They don’t break as easily as normal glasses, look lovely, and of course come free with your next pasta meal!
I hope you enjoyed this little insight into our living space. Let me know if you have any money-saving décor tips in the comments, and also if you would like to see more posts like this in the future.
White candles from Casino supermarket, wooden table and benches made by carpenter, curtain rails made by carpenter, curtain fabric bought and curtains made at Decotex, cream coloured rug from Orca, plates from shop next to Ouakam Market (a bargain at only 1000 CFA each!), catci and storage baskets bought from roadside vendors.
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