Apartment Haul 2017 + Updated Studio Tour

So good news! My studio apartment is almost done (85%). I can’t wait to share the complete video tour with you guys when I’m finished.  In the meantime, enjoy this collective apartment haul video of home décor and furniture pieces that I bought. I am going for a bright contemporary living space so I purchased a lot of light, neutral, and modern items. Everything was pretty affordable so I linked the exact/similar items below. Keep in mind that the prices that I paid for are different from the websites because I hunted the clearance aisles or waited for a special promotion. But as always I hope you guys get some creative ideas and found this post helpful! ~b

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Target – Door Mat Geo Triangles // $13

https://www.target.com/p/doormat-geo-triangles-multi-colored-1-6-x2-room-essentials/-/A-51424900

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Marshalls – Mid-Century Mod Wood Legs Accent Chair // $100

Similar style :

https://www.wayfair.com/Langley-Street-Bronwyn-Resting-Armchair-LGLY4172.html

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Marshalls – Dual Tone Wooden Stool // $25

Marshalls – Decor Plant // $17

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Marshalls – Nailhead Accent Solid Wood Legs Desk Chair // $70

Similar Style:

https://www.wayfair.com/Langley-Street-Artemis-Mid-Back-Desk-Chair-LGLY5152.html

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Minted – Wall Art Prints Desert Lake // Free

https://www.minted.com/product/wall-art-prints/MIN-SH3-GNA/desert-lake?org=photo&color=A&shape=

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West Elm Outlet: Audrey Nightstand // $102

https://www.westelm.com/products/geo-lacquered-nightstand-h2031/

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Minted – Mommy’s Baby Elephant Art Print // Free

https://www.minted.com/product/wall-art-prints/MIN-630-MGA/mommys-baby-elephant?org=title&color=A&shape=

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Marshalls – Home Decor Plant // $6

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My colorful kitchen shelf at my apartment.

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Ikea – Norberg Wall Mounted Dinging Table // $40

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/30180504/

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Ikea – Nisse Folding Dining Chair // $25

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10115067/

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Wayfair – Morphis Upholstered Platform Bed // $275

https://www.wayfair.com/Brayden-Studio-Morphis-Upholstered-Platform-Bed-BRYS3956.html?refid=TEM_WF_732&mmid=728691942&csnid=8820CA75-5D87-417A-98CB-AE342A388A36&libra_c=&libra_d=&libra_g=&cltr=

Amazon – Tuft & Needle Full Mattress // Free (won an Amazon gift card from a contest)

https://www.amazon.com/Tuft-Needle-Supportive-Certi-PUR-Certified/dp/B00QBZ25R4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1501535834&sr=8-1&keywords=tuft+and+needle++full

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Ikea – Curtain Window Panel Door // $40 (total cost of all items to install)

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40299932/

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West Elm floor length mirror is priced at $400. I found a much better deal for a floor length mirror at Ikea.

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Ikea – Hovet Full Floor Length Mirro // $130

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50038213/

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Hope you enjoyed this apartment haul! Stay tuned for complete studio apartment video tour on my YouTube channel!

Empty Studio Apartment Tour

Hi all! Here’s an unfurnished video tour of my current studio apartment. I moved from Ohio to a metropolitan city in the South. I have been living here for a few months now and I absolutely love it here! It’s definitely a different atmosphere from all the other places that I’ve lived before. The energy of the city is contagious! I can’t tell you guys enough how lucky I am to snag this 324 sq. ft. studio with a monthly rent of $655. Most apartments in uptown are around a grand (yikes!). On top of the affordable price, my unit came with everything I could possibly need! There’s ample of built-in storage, a desk work-space, washer/dryer, dresser, etc. In addition, the amenities here are also noteworthy. There are two pools and fitness centers, café/computer room, and outside lounging areas. This is by far my favorite apartment I have ever lived in. I really couldn’t have been happier with my decision to call this place my home. ~b

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Chandelier Project

Whenever I decorate a space I make it a mission to add art pieces that I created. Not only does this make my home more unique but I also find the process of creating very fulfilling. It makes a style statement while also becoming a great conversation piece for my guest. For my college apartment,  I loved the idea of having a classy light fixture.   However, I knew the idea was not very feasible due to the small living arrangements and the hefty price tag for a chandelier. This still didn’t deter me from incorporating a little glamour into my quaint studio. In place of a real chandelier – I drew one instead. I digitally painted a chandelier to create a Gatsby-like illustration. Then I went to my local thrift store and purchased two three dollar frames. I was immediately drawn to the frame’s ornate details and its’ potential. Just by adding a quick coat of black spray paint – I gave the frames new life. Overall, the project took me quite a while but I’m very happy with my budget friendly creation. The finished art work became a chic centerpiece above my bed.

BeInspireful - Chandelier Project 2I filmed the whole transformation. I documented my steps by taking pictures for each drawing phase. After that I was able to compile the images altogether to create a fast-lapse video. I hope you guys enjoy seeing the project take shape from start to finish! ~b

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College Studio Apartment Tour

This was my studio apartment during my junior and senior year of college. I was 20 years old at the time and living on my own was a huge milestone moment in my life. I remember vividly walking into the space for the first time and just feeling so incredibly happy.  🙂

The apartment was considered a college complex so everyone that lived there was a student. The location was very convenient and situated right on campus. I had easy access to the bus loop and ample of amenities (pool, clubhouse, movie theater, fitness center, etc. ) I was beyond lucky to be living there because it was one of the nicer apartments around the school area. All the furniture pieces were included (bed, couch, desk, etc. ) making it move-in ready! However, I still brought my brother’s old night stand so I would have space for a lamp beside my bed. I also had a rather nice view because my room was on the third floor, which was the highest level. In terms of decorating, I went with a black, white, and gold color scheme. The black metal furniture pieces set the foundation to my space so I worked around that. I added personal artwork throughout and everything I bought was super affordable. I am very grateful to have lived there during my time at university.  It was the perfect place to call home and take naps between classes (ha!). Anyways, I hope you guys get some décor inspiration from my pictures and video!

~b

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Above is a picture of the floor plan. I figured it would be helpful and give a better outline of the space. 🙂

College Dorm Room Tour

Hi guys! Very long time and no update (sorry) . But ya know, life happens! I have been very busy with work and I also went on a family vacation to the Bahamas recently. Plus, staying consistent with blogging is probably one of the hardest part. That, and content curation.

Anyways, continuing with the home décor series! This blog post is about my college dorm. I lived in a dorm room for the first two years of university. The featured video is my sophomore dorm.  I had a single unit but I also had 4 other roommates within the dorm suite. We all shared one bathroom which, in my opinion, is better than sharing with the whole floor. I chose to have a single room because I love to have a space all to myself. I also had a very messy roommate my freshman year so I didn’t want to go through that experience again!

My college room was incredibly tiny but I LOVED it!  My décor was very bohemian inspired. My walls were plastered with my favorite memories (photos everywhere!) and I hung up a big old map to remind me of all the places I wanted to see one day. I also included a colorful elephant painting that I made because I love art and wanted to showcase it. In general , I lived in a very basic dorm with its bulky bunk bed and standardized storage. However, I still felt like I made it into a space that was unique and fitting to my style at that stage of my life.

Hope you guys enjoy the video!

~b

Bedroom Room Tour

Hi guys! In the next few blog posts I will be sharing some  home decor inspiration. I am starting this series in the order in which I lived in these places.

So first off is my old bedroom at my parent’s house (this was filmed about four years ago). At this time I was still in the early stages of my college career and developing my sense of style. Looking back now, the super girly color scheme is borderline cringe worthy (ha!). However, I am still crazy about my old head board display. I loved how it lit up at night and made the room feel extra cozy.  It was also very easy to make. All you need is a city silhouette decal, white string lights, and mini command hooks. Together the stringed lights spell out  the word, ” Dream.”  For me, this simple word went along with the saying, “Small town girl, big city dreams,” which depicted my background and where I aspired to be one day. Now that I do live in a city – I am still dazzled by the city lights and the feeling of limitless potential that they evoke. When you stand in front of a skyscraper you can’t help but feel like an ant staring at something grand. Anyways, hope you guys get some bedroom decor ideas from the video! Talk to ya soon!

~b

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