Bedroom Refresh

I’m back after the super long hiatus! My plan is to get back to regularly posting, but maybe 2-3 times a week rather than 5. Thanks for sticking around during the silence. On to the post:

One space that finally feels ‘finished’ is my bedroom! I thought it would be fun to walk you through all the changes over the last two years, from move in day to present.

Designing on a budget means you can’t usually buy everything at once to make over a space, so this has been a two year process of slowly changing, upgrading and re-designing this space and I’m really happy with how it turned out!

Before moving in- empty and ugly rental paint color

New Benjamin Moore Simply white paint- move in day  After unpacking  Changes started… New lamp

New rug

Different bedding, new nightstands. Switched bedroom lamps with living room ones.

Latest and biggest changes!
New bed, removed one night stand, added mirror, de-cluttered the dresser.

If you’re looking to redesign a space and you’re on a budget, I recommend the ‘slow and steady’ approach. While it might not be instant-gratification, the results in the end are worth the wait. Decide what pieces you want to keep and what you want to replace and scour sales (bed and mattress both purchased during big sales), Craigslist (where I scored my dresser and two nightstands) and don’t be afraid to use items from other rooms in your home. These lamps were originally in my living room and I switched them out and it brought a whole new look and feel to the bedroom.

The things I got rid of (tripod floor lamp, desk and chair, black bookshelf, tan rug, old nightstand) I sold on Craigslist and Next Door, so I recouped some money back from those to put toward new purchases. I also have very affordable pieces in here- the mirror is from Ikea, the water lily painting was about $10 at a thrift store and the pillows were on super clearance from target for $6 each (no longer sold, sorry)!                  Get the look: click on the pictures or the links below to shop!



 Bed // Lamp (no longer sold, similar linked) // Duvet Cover //
Nightstand (vintage, similar linked) // Dresser (vintage, similar linked)
Area Rug (vintage, similar linked)

 

 

2015 Highlights: Design Moments

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 

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My favorites from other studio apartment tours:

London:
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Melbourne:
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Copenhagen Pt II:Billede 16-07-15 15.27.57Boston Pt II: IMG_5814Chicago:
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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 BlogInterior design questions? Product sources? Floor plan dilemmas? Email me at studiostyleblog@gmail.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 studiostyleblog@gmail.com with 5-7 photos (both wide shots and close ups) of your space with the subject line “Apartment Tour” for consideration.

2015 Highlights: Getting Organized

Now a common theme among the last several years… 2015 included an apartment move. With that, comes lots of packing, unpacking and general organization. Last year, I did a 2014 Highlights series and wanted to start that up again as we’re approaching the end of 2015 (how did that happen?!).

First up in the series, getting organized. I know this is on many resolution lists for next year, so hopefully these tips and tricks from the past year on my site will help jump start your organizing spree! It’s definitely a daunting process, but feels wonderful once done, and it just seems to make everyday living easier when you don’t have to search for something in the kitchen, bathroom, closet, etc. I’m highlighting some of my favorite posts over the past year, some include moving-related organization, and others are from my old apartment and now, my ‘new’ place. Stay tuned this week for more 2015 highlights coming up!

Organizing Your Space:

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Kitchen Cabinet Organization: Before and AfterPwvS5DAzStsnQsnNwhtOiLCdoHI7uD24Yw7GqIAzVeg

Raskog Utility Cart Repurposed
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Moving:

Packing Tricks and Tips
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Unpacking Tips
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Studio Apartment Tour: Washington, DC

It’s been too long since my last studio apartment feature! I plan to do many more (along with one bedrooms and other small spaces) in the coming year, so please feel free to submit your apartment for consideration! Instructions to do so are at the bottom of this post.

Now onto my first Washington, DC studio apartment tour (outside of my own, of course)! Colleen lived in this lovely space in Eastern Market but has since moved to Chicago. This vintage inspired small space is full of storage tips and great ideas!

Starting off in the entryway: this wall-mounted unit has great storage options with both shelving and hooks. The shoes and boots look adorable displayed just as they are. Keeping a small number of shoes or other items stored out in the open is perfectly fine if you are running low on storage. Just refrain from having your entire shoe collection out in one place. These three pairs, along with the boots, are just the right amount for a space like this.Apartment 052

Heading over to the kitchen… There are so many useful storage ideas in here, from wall-mounting to refrigerator magnet spices! See if you can spot them all. The storage on top of the cabinets and fridge is well-utilized when you’re running short on space. This table serves well as a prep space, additional counter space and a place to eat. Pull up the stools and you have a breakfast bar/island. Apartment 099Wall-mounted storage can be both functional and serve as an easy way to add visual interest to your walls.

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Thanks to Colleen for letting me feature your former space! All photos from Colleen, check out her great design blog here.

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 studiostyleblog@gmail.com with 5-7 photos (both wide shots and close ups) of your space with the subject line “Apartment Tour” for consideration.

Interview with The Kitchn: Five Smart Ways to Host Thanksgiving on a Small Dining Table

So excited to announce that I have a small interview feature on The Kitchn today! Chatting about ways to host Thanksgiving in a small space. I’ve included a portion of the article below but check out the full version and great tips from other small space experts here!

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I am honored to be deemed one of their ‘favorite small space experts’! My photo wasn’t in this article but I decided to throw it in here since the theme fits. If you missed my Thanksgiving table post, check it out here. Thanks again to The Kitchn for reaching out featuring my small space advice!

All text, headline and logo from The Kitchn article. Thanksgiving table image credit: Studio Style Blog

Studio Apartment Tour: Chicago

I have a gorgeous studio apartment for you on this lovely Friday! Marissa has decorated and styled her 400 sq ft Chicago apartment in such a smart, chic way and I can’t wait for you to see the rest. She’s currently getting her master’s in interior design, so it’s no surprise that her place is a reflection of her excellent style. Onto the tour!

She’s thoughtfully divided the space into several different zones: living room, bedroom, office, kitchen, etc. Let’s start off in the living room area. zx5MEQZSsnUOr9uz15Rt2yv_H8rEkGIFLAAoB8y5XMsThe cabinet provides great bar storage and functions as a media stand on top. The cute green accent chairs are great for extra seating but don’t take up too much space. A-lhlC-_Q06Iq7nw36SZrqz2He_xgQEEVCJbL5zrgAsThe sleek couch is a perfect size for this small space, and she noted that the chic little ottomans have collapsible legs so they can be stored underneath the couch if extra floor space is needed.They function well as a coffee table or place to eat when you add a tray on top and can provide a place to prop your feet up or for additional seating as well. e9E6WWEnONzhJ0j9APUVRjV2ZBW8O2ker59YcTPwsEU2ZRkA19CekC3ouzkSlY_zuCj-s2oUYIfE6hCpskz2uQThe storage shelving behind the couch and near the bed area is great for both function and style. It’s a perfect example of how you can ‘display’ many of your items rather than needing a big bulky cabinet to hide them away. With a bit of styling, they act as an integral part of the decor and keep the space looking light and uncluttered. e1f-ckk1sWQtcMo0UE9QOl9Rtnv-VkUn_84LQRqg2GIThis little hidden office area might be my favorite part of the apartment. It’s neatly tucked in behind the shelving and the chair and desk still coordinate with the decor in the rest of the space. 8RHFtqhEeJBsu1qQKefN4GBz_VqeOLXRq0g0VbnnaxgThe bedroom area is adjacent and looks so elegant with the art and huge windows (with what looks like an amazing view), almost hotel-like! And she has hidden storage in plastic bins under the bed. An ideal spot for items not used as often and kept out of sight to keep the apartment looking amazing.FTHF2KLhm9wlGlRCiLD5n8MBQOTlIsAv2ZJYY-HPzLMI actually have very similar (smaller) framed prints of the same series of Italy art. Great minds think alike, apparently 🙂 They function as a makeshift headboard and statement piece above the bed. _QpNCIOxz5f6orrHf4qx0MHSLLCefKzh352MVDqslgEAnother stylish vignette on the nightstand. Adding a basket underneath is great for concealed storage while still looking tidy. And you can’t go wrong with fresh sunflowers! wjOJR3m-DJR_eW3yRYi8Bosi50VsHrVW6gaKY2ATe7AMoving on to the bathroom, Bright colors and fun patterns give this tiny space visual interest without being too busy.

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She also has a small closet and a walk-in closet (not pictured) that provides tons of storage for clothing and other necessities.

The kitchen is small but functional and keeping some items out on display is a good space-saving trick if you don’t have enough cabinet storage. IE: the little tea kettle on the stove.WQXesmYzp85KNExg8Pa8YeyS3-UjnJ33Hlz7EX_1Se4This storage solution outside the kitchen is so great for small spaces and this piece is definitely multi-functional. It’s perfect for additional storage for small kitchens and this leaf can be pulled out for meal prep, and as a makeshift table top when needed. NXWBwLpaEx-Q41WZXD3ZqlaRrkdlsNe4rwFny3K4xlQ

And when the leaf goes back down, it hides some of the appliances and looks like a cute little coffee bar! The mirror also helps to make the space appear larger.
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Thanks to Marissa for letting me feature your space! All photos by Marissa, follow her instagram here.

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 studiostyleblog@gmail.com with 5-7 photos (both wide shots and close ups) of your space with the subject line “Apartment Tour” for consideration.