Summer is right around the corner, which means moving season is quickly approaching. Whether relocating to your permanent home, or simply moving into a more temporary abode, it is so important that your new living quarters feel like your home. As I have said from the start (blog post: here) home is your place to regroup and recharge and should always be your sanctuary. So even if your current residence is not a permanent home, still strive to make it feel like your home. The benefits from claiming the space as your own will certainly outweigh the effort required to make it so.
Now I understand that many people are hesitant to turn their more temporary living arrangements into a place that feels like an actual home due to money constraints. I totally get it, why spend a bunch of money on furniture or other decor that may not make the cut in a year or two when you move on? This is why I am so excited to share with you one of my favorite furniture discoveries: Nadeau Furniture with Soul. I first discovered this brand when moving to Chicago and money was not exactly abundant (aka almost non existent). I had only been working for a few months and had a strong vision for what I wanted my first grown up apartment to look like, and nowhere close to the budget required to fulfill that dream with name brand pieces. I can’t remember how I first stumbled upon Nadeau’s website, but one Saturday shortly thereafter I borrowed my dad’s Suburban, drove to the Chicago location, and the rest is history. There are over 30 locations around the country, so there is a good chance there is a Nadeau within driving distance from you.
The first time I walked into a Nadeau I am fairly certain I had the same feeling pirates feel when stumbling upon buried treasure, pure glee. Not only were all the pieces unique and interesting, everything was solid wood without a piece of particleboard in sight (particleboard is something you unfortunately encounter all too often when shopping for moderately priced furniture). There was also something thrilling about the fact that Nadeau gets frequent shipments to its warehouse style showroom and what you see is all they have. When something is sold, there is no back stock (which means chances are high you will never encounter a home with the same pieces you have).
All of the pieces I bought for my first apartment were so reasonably priced I didn’t consider any of them to be lifelong investment pieces at the time of purchase, however, in reality all of them made the move to my new condo several years later and are still prominent placed in my home. So yes even though the price is very reasonable the quality is also high. Did I mention the fact that you don’t have to put any of this furniture together yourself? Hallelujah! Nadeau also has such fun and unique accent pieces that even though moving isn’t on the horizon for this girl, I could definitely see myself in the near future experimenting with a new piece or two just to shake things up with my own current décor.