High Rise Studio Apartment Tour / City Living

Hi guys! So excited to finally share the completed high rise studio tour with you all! My boyfriend moved here a year ago, you can see the empty tour here. However, this quickly became our second home and I was added to the apartment. We worked with an interior designer to transform the 585 sq. ft. space into a sophisticated studio.  She was able to create a layout with separation and flow. This really helped make the room feel divided into separate areas with different functions. When decorating, we picked out very simple but modern furniture pieces to craft a very contemporary design. The unique pop up coffee table from West Elm is both of our favorites. I love that it doubles as a desk and extra storage. I’ll be sure to make an apartment haul video featuring some of the items in the future! Overall, I absolutely love how our space turned out. I think it truly captures the essence of high-rise living in the city.

~b

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The breathtaking view of the city skyline from our high-rise apartment building!

Micro Studio in the City Apartment Tour

Hi guys! When I filmed my brother’s micro studio tour using my iPhone over a year ago – I had no idea that it would have blown up as much as it has. I have gained so many views, likes, and shares worldwide. I can’t thank you guys enough for the support! It means a lot to me. 🙂 Whether you live in a small space or not, I truly hoped my brother’s 240 sq. feet studio helped give you decor inspiration somehow. I wanted to make this blog post including some pictures of his space because I think it will also be beneficial to guys. Enjoy!


My brother, Nick, lives in Uptown. His apartment is located in a coveted spot within the city. It’s a five minute walk away from restaurants, parks, and entertainment. His building is also one of the oldest apartment complexes in the area, therefore it lacks all the fancy modern amenities. Though an outdated infrastructure, his $500 monthly rent has not increased in the last few years and the water is always free here which is an added bonus.

Nick is a minimalist by nature and avid traveler (visited 23 countries thus far) so his studio is well suited for his lifestyle. Living in a space that does not eat up his entire expenses makes it possible for him to go on all his adventures. And having a smaller apartment allows him to be happy with less stuff. Nick’s contemporary micro studio is both cozy and practical. When designing his home, he was mindful of every decision. He managed to divide the space into three areas – work, sleep, dine.  He built a mini kitchen from scratch, crafted a creative office, and made room for a full size bed. With the help of multi-functional furniture pieces, every inch of the room was maximized. His modern vision and clever layout breathed new life into the old unit.Overall, with an affordable lease and an unbeatable location, his city studio apartment is of great value…so he’s not moving anywhere soon. 🙂  ~b

P.S. // click here for the micro studio haul featuring his apartment furnitures
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Micro Studio Apartment Haul

Living in a small space can be super challenging, not to mention claustrophobic. However, having the right furniture pieces can make a big difference. Pieces that have dual functions can provide both storage and expansion. These clever designs are a must-have for small space homes. Here’s a roundup of items that my brother used to decorate his tiny 240 sq. feet studio in the city!

~b

P.S. // click here for the full micro studio apartment tour

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This comfy space-saving sectional makes the most of his small studio. He bought it from Ikea in the as-is section and it can easily be converted from a sofa to a full-size bed! There’s even a compartment for pillows and blankets. BeInspireful - Micro Studio Apartment Haul 7BeInspireful - Micro Studio Apartment Haul 8IkeaKitchen Cabinets // about $60 for big unit & $30 for smaller unit

The Ikea Besta shelving units are the foundation to his mini DIY kitchen. He mounted three units to the wall to create kitchen cabinets. While placing another on the ground to act as a microwave stand. Simple, sleek, and spacious – they are perfect for a minimalist’s kitchen.BeInspireful - Micro Studio Apartment Haul 9.jpgBeInspireful - Micro Studio Apartment Haul 11.jpgIkeaGateleg Table // $100 as-is

Gateleg tables are a classic staple for small kitchens. They feature two drop leaf extensions on both sides. They have the ability to extend, making it ideal when guests come over or having extra room for cooking. BeInspireful - Micro Studio Apartment Haul 12BeInspireful - Micro Studio Apartment Haul 13IkeaMagnetic Knife Rack // $9

Magnetic knife racks are a practical and inexpensive way to organize kitchen utensils. Plus they also save a ton of drawer space for other items.BeInspireful - Micro Studio Apartment Haul 15.jpgBeInspireful - Micro Studio Apartment Haul 14.jpgWhite Mid-Century Modern Chairs // $60 each – Similar Style

This stylish midcentury modern chair adds an understated elegance to any room. He purchased two for $60 each online. The chairs are used for dining or extra seating for his guests. (P.S. he forgot where he bought it so I linked a very similar style from Wayfair). BeInspireful - Micro Studio Apartment Haul 17BeInspireful - Micro Studio Apartment Haul 16Marshalls – Rustic Dresser // $75 – Similar Style

My brother found this affordable nightstand at Marshalls. It is made out of real wood so it’s really great quality. It also has a rustic charm to it that adds character to his home. This is where he stores his extra clothes and socks.BeInspireful - Micro Studio Apartment Haul 18BeInspireful - Micro Studio Apartment Haul 19.jpgBeInspireful - Micro Studio Apartment Haul 20.jpgIkeaComputer Desk  // $135

To create his mini office, he customized his workspace from Ikea. He chose a bamboo tabletop with stainless steel legs to construct his desk. This combination was a nice balance between traditional and modern.

Office Chair // $180 – Similar Style

His desk chair is also very contemporary in design. It has a chrome steel frame with ribbed upholstered leather throughout. The chair adds instant sophistication to his computer desk.BeInspireful - Micro Studio Apartment Haul 21BeInspireful - Micro Studio Apartment Haul 22IkeaFloating Shelves // $15 each

Finally, to make the most of his wall space he added floating shelves. These shelves are filled with family photos, books, and travel souvenirs.

Apartment Haul 2018 (Modern + Contemporary)

 

New Year, New Haul!

Hello friends! As promised, here’s a collective haul featuring furniture pieces for my boyfriend’s apartment. He has been living in his high rise studio for a few months now , but as you know – decorating a home is always a work in progress. While shopping, we sought after minimal modern designs that would help craft a contemporary space that was simple, practical, and stylish. We managed to get a lot of items on sale around the holidays due to the monsoon of promotions going on. However, please be aware that the listed prices in my video might not reflect the same price on the retailer’s website. Even so, all the furniture items are still very affordable and great pieces to consider if you are interested. As always, thanks again for stopping by. I’ll talk ya guys in my next blog post!

~b


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BeInspireful - Apt. Haul 3Dot & BoContemporary Desk ( in stock at Target )
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I also included a mock up picture that a talented interior designer created for our space. It was a fun experience and I am so appreciative for her help. However it is a more of a girly glam look which doesn’t fit our overall style.

Apartment Mini Haul

 

I think it’s safe to say that I absolutely love love decorating. Adding new elements to my space always brings me great joy. It’s a constant passion project transforming my apartment into a home. Here are my latest finds….

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Crosley  X Urban Outfitters Record Player

Bohemian and classic, this vintage-inspired record player is my favorite addition to my home! I think the intricate mandala design is absolutely stunning!

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Foldable Storage Bins

My new favorite way to organize! These neutral-toned foldable bins from Amazon are well made and quite sturdy. I packed mine with bed sheets and towels!

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Elephant Ring Holder

Fact: Elephants are my favorite animals. I picked up this cute little guy for my night stand. Rose gold and polished – it added an extra dash of chic to my home.

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Ikea Plastic Containers

Don’t let these inexpensive plastic containers fool ya! They are super durable and come in a variety of different sizes. Simple in design, they helped revamped my disorganized shelves into a clutter-free zone.

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Mermaid Tail Blanket

Staying warm this winter can actually be fun? I saw this trending on Pinterest and thought they were simply adorable! Supppppeeer comfortable and cozy, you can binge watch up to 3 more extra hours of Netflix with this on. But is that really a surprise? 😉

Welp, that is all for this mini apartment haul. Thanks so much for stopping by! I have a bigger haul coming up – featuring items at my boyfriend’s place. Be sure to keep an eye out for that video/post!  ~b

Empty High Rise Studio Apartment Tour

Welcome to another empty studio apartment tour – high rise edition! I thought it would be neat to share with you guys a more modern upscale apartment in the city. This is actually my boyfriend’s place, it’s a 15 min-ish walk from my home so I hang out here quite often. He was sweet enough to let me film the before footage to put on my YouTube channel. 🙂 The complex is very sophisticated and posh with modern amenities ( you feel like you are living in a fancy hotel ). There’s a sky lounge, fitness center, and pool all located on the 24th floor. It’s situated right in uptown allowing the apartment to have a gorgeous view of the city skyline. There is even a mini park located on top of the parking garage. This is where you will find us attempting to play tennis together (i’m not very good – ha!). His unit is also very sleek in design. There is dark hardwood floors throughout, stainless steel appliances, granite marble counter tops, a private balcony, and many more features. We plan to decorate with modern furnishings but still keep the space very open. My boyfriend is a minimalist by nature so I don’t think we are getting a lot of items …but i’ll keep you guys posted with a haul if we do! That’s all for this post, I hope you guys enjoy the extra pictures and the mini video tour! ~b

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City Studio Apartment Tour (324 Sq. Ft. – $655 Rent)

Hi Guys! Welcome to my home! I am so excited to show you guys around 🙂 . This blog post is a peek into my 324 sq. ft. uptown studio. As I have mentioned before, I recently moved from Ohio to the South a few months back.  It’s been a whirlwind of adventures and I couldn’t have been happier with my decision for a life change. And lucky for me, I was very fortunate to get this affordable rental in the city center. Living in the city can get quite costly and the average apartment around here is over a grand (yikes!).

My studio is incredibly small but I absolutely love my little home – it actually feels more like an upscale dorm room to be honest. My place came equipped with a ton of built-in storage, a mini kitchen, 20 foot ceiling, and even a walk in closet! With these additions to help organize my space, I often forget how small my unit is. It also took me a while to get my place fully decorated to my satisfaction but I am happy with the turn out. Being a natural homebody, I especially wanted to create a cozy oasis space that I could be comfortable in 24/7. Anyways, I hope you guys enjoy the tour of my home and get some decor inspiration for yours! Until next time! ~b


Check out these previous apartment blog posts for more info and pics:
1.) Studio Apartment Haul 2017
2.) Empty Studio Apartment Tour

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