450 Sq. Ft. Micro Studio Apartment Tour – $1030 Rent

Charlotte, North Carolina has become one of the fastest growing metropolitan cities in the US and for good reason. The cost of living here is comparably less expensive than most major cities – think NYC, Chicago, San Francisco, etc. Making it no surprise that millennials are relocating here by the thousands every year. I was one of them. Formerly from Ohio, I have lived in Uptown, CLT for over 3.5 years. According to rentCafe – the average one bedroom monthly rent in Charlotte, NC is $1301 in 2020. Here’s an inside look into my 450 sq. ft. apartment and what $1030 a month will get you in CLT.

When I toured my studio for the first time, I ended up leasing it on the very same day. I instantly fell in love with the tiny space. Though compact in size, it was packed with modern features and high-end finishes. The layout of the studio included a kitchen, bathroom, patio, convertible living room, and even a walk-in-closet.  Although the apartment  was limited in square footage, with intentional design and neat organization – any space can be transformed into a cozy home.

As you enter through the front door, you are greeted by the galway kitchen. It has stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and a ton of white cabinetry for storage. The addition of the farmhouse kitchen sink was also an added bonus since I always hand wash my dishes. From there you will see an Ikea wall-mounted drop leaf table that converts into a little dining nook for two. Implementing adaptable pieces is essential to making a small space more multi-purpose. There are also 10 feet ceilings throughout the interior which helps create a feeling of openness. 

By the entryway is the small bathroom that fits a garden soak tub! Talk about luxurious! It’s the perfect spot to unwind from a long busy day at work. As you make your way through the hallway into the living area you will find the murphy bed. It’s the most space-saving feature in my apartment. Since it was built into the wall it gave it an unassuming look – the perfect blend of form and function! Having the ability to fold out or tuck away my mattress provided an effortless solution to transforming the main living area into a bedroom sanctuary. 

Directly across the bed is my mini office set up. I created a black and white statement collage to add visual interest to the wall and act as a focal point. It features bold graphic and geometric elements, making the simple workspace feel sophisticated and contemporary. Not from there I have a mini-walk-in closet with a washer and dryer combo. This is always worth noting, as I know not all city apt. include this feature in every unit. The community amenities of the apartment include a fitness center, outdoor pool, upscale lounge, dog park + spa – just to name a few. If you would like to see more, be sure to check my empty studio tour as I highlight that in my video more. 

Although, I didn’t renew my lease this year, I loved living here. The space felt cozy and right at home for me. Perfectly situated by grocery stores, rooftop bars, and the greenways + parks – it was the place to be! However, I officially traded in my uptown days for the suburbs for good as I bought my first house last fall. There will be more house content coming soon! Until then, enjoy all the micro studio pictures and inspiration! & Thanks again for reading + watching! ~b

Related: 324 Sq. Ft. Apartment Tour , Empty 450 Sq. Ft. Studio Tour

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High Rise Empty One Bedroom Apartment Tour

We moved!

…well kind of! 🙂 At the end of October this year, my boyfriend and I transferred out of our studio into a one-bedroom apartment. It’s situated in the same high rise complex so there are various similarities in the two different floorplans. You can check out the empty studio here.

Since I love documenting the places that I have lived – I had to share this mini-tour of our “new” home with you all! Our current space is approximately 678 sq. ft. with a base rent of $1407 – which is actually a good deal as we are on a higher level. The one-bedroom is very much modern and what you would expect out of an urban luxury apartment. There’s hardwood floors throughout, stainless steel appliances, breathtaking city views – just to name a few features!

In addition, our high rise building has some really great community amenities which really enforces the idea of living an elevated lifestyle.  From a rooftop pool to a sophisticated club lounge, I highlight some of these areas in the second half of my video.

All in all, I really hope you enjoy today’s empty home tour post! This month, I also leased another luxury apartment in the city and I am super excited to share that with you all as well – so stay tuned! As always, I appreciate you taking the time to watch my videos or read my blog. Y’all are the best! ~b

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Micro Studio Tour / Apartment in the City / 240 sq. ft. (Updated!)

You’d be surprised by how much can fit into a 240 sq ft. micro studio that is smartly designed. My older brother, Nick, has been living in his city apartment for the past four years. His building was once a historic hotel turned apartment complex. Though an incredibly small space, he was able to transform it into a cozy home by being creative and resourceful.

Nick, a former architecture student, was able to use his skills and background to craft a blueprint with various functions and flow. If you watched his original apartment tour a few years back, then you would know the general layout to his room is very much the same. However, he did make some new noteworthy modifications to enhance his space that were worth sharing. He recently bought a 55 inch OLED TV, added a hammock, and wall-mounted his bike. My new YouTube video highlights how he integrates these changes and continues to optimize every square footage of his home.

For most people, small spaces can make one feel boxed in, but for Nick – his life is not confined by the four walls of his micro-studio. In fact, living simple and minimal did the opposite. It opened up doors for him, giving him the freedom to travel. Due to the low cost of rent, he was able to save money and go on countless adventures. Last year, he accomplished one of his biggest goals which was to visit 30 countries by age 30. Next, he plans to visit all fifty states and seven continents. You can follow Nick on Instagram at @bu1ster to see some of his stunning travel photos! 

 As always, I appreciate you stopping by and watching my videos. I hope it helps spark design inspiration in your life! ~b

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Apartment Haul 2019: West Elm (Contemporary + Modern)

Hellloooo, 2019! Kicking off the new year with a huge West Elm apartment haul! Living in the city this past year has definitely influenced my overall style. From fashion to home design, I have come to love and appreciate the contemporary, sleek aesthetics.

I remember when I was in college, I always wanted to have a city apartment full of West Elm decor. Fast forward a few years and this vision came to life! West Elm was the natural choice for me to go with when it came to decorating my urban home. I love the endless options of elegant and sophisticated furniture pieces that they carry. In addition, they also offer a wide range of handcrafted items which adds personal and unique touches to a home.

I hope you all enjoy this modern apartment haul! All the items in my video are linked below. Please keep in mind that a certain style/color might be unavailable at this time, but could be restocked in the future. Also, I included a link to the full tour of my high rise city apartment so you guys can see these products in action! As always, thanks for stopping by! ~b

1.) Crosshatch Jacquard Velvet Pillow

2.) Decoupage Box

3.) Mojave Glass Candle

4.) Wren Bistro Dining Table

5.) Ceramic Turtle Planter

6.) Faceted Porcelain Vase

7.) Large Curved Basket

8.) Turquoise Plant Pot

9.) Echo Print Rug

10.) Pleated Grid Duvet

11.) Austin Ottoman

12.) Circle Collage Pillow

13.) Crest Bentwood Dining Chair

14.) Lens Floor Lamp

15.) Mid-Century Plant Pot

16.) Wallace Sewell Crewel Bold Pillow

17.) Mid-Century Pop-Up Coffee Table

18.) Austin Swivel Armchair

P.S – all product images are from West Elm‘s website.

High Rise Studio Apartment Tour / City Living

Hi guys! I am so excited to be able to share my completed high rise studio with you all!! This apartment was initially my boyfriend’s place, (you can see the empty tour here) however, fast forward about a year later and this quickly became our second home in the city!

As you can probably imagine, sharing a small space can be quite a challenge. Luckily, we had the opportunity to work with an amazing West Elm interior designer to help with the decorating process. She was able to create an open space layout with a sense of ebb and flow. So although it’s technically one room, it feels separated with distinct areas for various functions (sleep, eat, entertain, etc.)

When designing we opted for very simple but sophisticated furniture pieces. We are both are a big fan of contemporary aesthetics so we thought these modern pieces paired perfectly together. As a whole, they really elevate and craft a cohesive look within the space. (Pst..I’ll be sure to make an apartment haul video in the future featuring these items for you guys!). All in all, I absolutely love the transformation of our 585 sq. ft. studio. Now it looks and feels like a city chic apartment – there’s no other place I rather call home!

~b

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