This is not going to be the prettiest of posts, but in an effort to keep it real around here- I wanted to share my least favorite room in the apartment… the kitchen. While it’s certainly looking better than move in day (see below), it’s no gorgeous white and bright kitchen like in my last apartment.
But I’ve made a few tweaks to distract from the ugliest elements. So if you have an unsightly rental kitchen… check out the tips below!
Note: If you notice a small difference, the dishwasher has changed. It ended up being completely defective so it was replaced with the black one shortly after I moved in.
1) Hide the ugly tile: this tile is some terrible shade of salmon. So one of the first things I did was put this West Elm runner down to hide most of it.
2) Keep it clutter-free: A bad kitchen can look even worse if it’s full of clutter and stuff piled up on the counters, so keeping it tidy really helps.
3) Distract from the ugly counters: I have a nice knife block, modern coffee maker, stainless steel toaster oven, marble paper towel holder and my DIY ‘marble’ utensil holder. Everyday items, but it helps when they are pleasing to the eye and they can distract from the ugly counters.
4) Keep it neutral: Almost everything in this kitchen is black and white. This keeps the space looking a little more uniform and put together.
Hope those tips were helpful! If I owned this apartment, I would gut this space in a second (and knock out that wall on the left!) but sometimes you just have to make the best of it and work with what you already have.
Happy 2016! Rounding out the last of the 2015 Highlights series with my favorite design and decor from the past year. This includes my former studio apartment, many of the ‘guest’ studio apartment tours on Studio Style Blog, and finally, my new apartment! If you missed any of the other posts in the series, check them out here:
2015 Highlights: Getting Organized // 2015 Highlights: Favorite DIY Projects //
2015 Highlights: Craigslist Finds, Tips and Transformations
My studio apartment:
My favorites from other studio apartment tours:
Copenhagen Pt II:Boston Pt II: Chicago:
My new one bedroom apartment:
Thanks for following along in 2015 and stay tuned for more awesome content coming up in 2016! More apartment tours, updates to my new place, 2016 design trends and new pieces, a final update on Project KC and much more! Is there anything you want to see more of or new content for 2016? Let me know in the comments! If you have some design skills of your own or need some design advice, check out the links below:
Ask Studio Style Blog: Interior design questions? Product sources? Floor plan dilemmas? Email me at email@example.com with your questions and use “Ask Studio Style Blog” in the subject line. Depending on the volume of emails, I’ll post a question and my answer on the blog a couple times each month. For more info and details, read about the series here.
Submit Your Apartment Tour: Do you have an apartment you want featured on Studio Style Blog? I’m now opening submissions for both studio apartments and one bedroom apartments. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with 5-7 photos (both wide shots and close ups) of your space with the subject line “Apartment Tour” for consideration.
This post is a week overdue but I didn’t want to interrupt the gift guide series last week, so here we are! November was full of apartment updates, Project KC progress, design inspiration and a little seasonal content. I have some great holiday content lined up for December and a few more exciting apartment updates coming this month as well.
Check out everything from November below!
Design Inspiration Series:
The Entryway: Black, White and Gold
The Living Room: Traditional with a Twist
Christmas 2015 Inspiration
Interview with the Kitchn: Small Space Thanksgiving
Black, White and Gold Thanksgiving Table
Project KC Series:
Living Room Progress Part II
Dining Room and Entry Progress
Decor, Updates and Organization:
New Additions and Accessories
Closet Solution with Room Dividers Now
Organize Your Medicine Cabinet with Three Easy Tricks
Apartment Progress: To Do List Updates and Additions
New Bedroom Lamp from Parrot Uncle
Happy August, everyone! Tons of exciting things happening this month and I have some awesome content lined up as well. Though this means the moving countdown is officially on! Cue panic mode 🙂
July was full of new apartment plans, current apartment updates, craigslist tips, studio apartment tours, and more. Here’s a quick recap of the last month of blogging.
Balcony Inspiration: Update
Choosing Paint Colors
Black and White Bathroom Plans
Gallery Wall Planning with Minted
Incorporating Mirrors in Gallery Walls
Look for Less:
Apartment Hunting Tips
The Dining Room: Elegant and Modern
The Living Room: Global Glam
Ask Studio Style Blog
Dining Area Plans Revised
Desk Chair Swap
Favorite De-Cluttering Tips
Studio Apartment Tours:
Boston Pt. 2
Copenhagen Pt. 2