I am my own worst critic so I have put off showing my home space for a long time. I keep telling myself, “Oh, I’ll wait until we get this one other piece of furniture” or “I’ll wait until I get my wide angle lens so the photos look better,” but you know what? My husband and I love our apartment! I am so happy to come home at the end of the day, and to wake up in our big ol’ bed in the morning. My mom always comments on how much she loves what I have been able to do with the 560 sq. feet we live in. This is the second studio I have lived in and they are so much fun to decorate! It is more challenging to make the space functional and still give it personality without being overwhelming and cluttered. As much as I love blogger style all white everything, minimalist looking spaces that is just not me. I love dark saturated colors, bulb lighting with an industrial flare, plus some nautical touches. My dream is to live in a loft with a huge brick wall or two, but I’ll keep dreaming until it becomes a reality down the line. For now, check out my home – before I rearrange things, which I tend to do every few months or so! Fall is my favorite time of year so you will see some Halloween decor around the space.
One thing you will notice if you frequent IKEA is that all of our furniture is from there, except my blue studded chair from Joss & Main. It is within our price range at this stage in our life, plus we move a lot and it is guaranteed things will get dinged during the move. I am happy to purchase trend led, reasonably priced furniture we are not too attached to. It allows me to replace furniture as we change spaces to fit our needs at that time. I also love taking an IKEA piece that many people own and changing it with new drawer pulls (DIY post to come), paint, or fabric to give it a custom look.
Light up arrow is from World Market.
Wall map is from IKEA.
My two favorite Bath and Body Works candles in the fall are “Leaves” and “Flannel.”
This kitchen cart is the perfect space for our wine and coffee bar, plus storage for extra dining room items and cook books.
*spot the dogs in the photo ^^^ – Hint: there is a white one and a black one!* 🙂
I have had these IKEA mirrors for 6 years and I have taken them with me from San Diego to Texas, and back to the San Francisco bay area. They make every space feel larger and are a great wall filler without having to hang anything. I just lean them against the wall. They are the one piece of furniture I have had since I moved out on my own and IKEA still sells them to this day.
This is my travel wall. I recently went to Australia and dreamed of being a world traveller as a kid so I wanted to start a collection of my overseas travel souvenirs.
Since this is a studio I wanted to make the bed feel like it was in a space of it’s own, plus I wanted to make the best use of our TV so we could see it from the bed and living room space. This layout allows for viewing from both areas.
This blue studded chair is from Joss & Main. It is always nerve racking buying anything online from clothes to furniture, but this one ended up being nicer in person than online. Score!
I needed a desk, but my other desk top was too large to fit in this space. This simple black desk doubles as my workspace (I work partially from home) and my bedside table.
Having furniture that has a dual function is key in keeping your studio spacious and open, not overwhelming and tight. I use one of the dining room chairs as my desk chair when I need it.
The first thing I decorate when I move into a new space is the patio/outdoor living space. I immediately hang up my string of bulb lights and everything comes together after that. See my video of how I decorated the last patio space I had here!
If you have any questions about any specific items please comment below and I’ll let you know where it’s from (if I can remember)!