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.

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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Apartment Haul 2017 + Updated Studio Tour

 

So good news! My studio apartment is almost done (85%). I can’t wait to share the complete video tour with you guys when I’m finished.  In the meantime, enjoy this collective apartment haul video of home décor and furniture pieces that I bought. I am going for a bright contemporary living space so I purchased a lot of light, neutral, and modern items. Everything was pretty affordable so I linked the exact/similar items below. Keep in mind that the prices that I paid for are different from the websites because I hunted the clearance aisles or waited for a special promotion. But as always I hope you guys get some creative ideas and found this post helpful! ~b

Update: Check out my fully decorated studio apartment here.BeInspireful - AptHaul8TargetDoor Mat Geo Triangles // $13BeInspireful - AptHaul1Marshalls – Mid-Century Mod Wood Legs Accent Chair // $100

Similar style hereBeInspireful - AptHaul9Marshalls – Dual Tone Wooden Stool // $25

Marshalls – Decor Plant // $17BeInspireful - AptHaul2Marshalls – Nailhead Accent Solid Wood Legs Desk Chair // $70

Similar style here.BeInspireful - AptHaul4MintedWall Art Prints Desert Lake // FreeBeInspireful - AptHaul3West Elm Outlet: Audrey Nightstand // $102BeInspireful - AptHaul6.jpgMintedMommy’s Baby Elephant Art Print // FreeBeInspireful - AptHaul12.jpgMarshalls – Home Decor Plant // $6BeInspireful - AptHaul10.jpgMy colorful kitchen shelf at my apartment.BeInspireful - AptHaul7.jpgIkeaNorberg Wall Mounted Dinging Table // $40BeInspireful - AptHaul5.jpgIkeaNisse Folding Dining Chair // $25BeInspireful - AptHaul15.jpgWayfairMorphis Upholstered Platform Bed // $275

AmazonTuft & Needle Full Mattress // Free (won an Amazon gift card from a contest)BeInspireful - AptHaul16BeInspireful - AptHaul14IkeaCurtain Window Panel Door // $40 (total cost of all items to install)BeInspireful - AptHaul17West Elm floor length mirror is priced at $400. I found a much better deal for a floor length mirror at Ikea.BeInspireful - AptHaul18IkeaHovet Full Floor Length Mirror // $130BeInspireful - AptHaul11Hope you enjoyed this apartment haul! Stay tuned for complete studio apartment video tour on my YouTube channel!

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Chandelier Project

 

Whenever I decorate a space I make it a mission to add art pieces that I created. Not only does this make my home more unique but I also find the process of creating very fulfilling. It makes a style statement while also becoming a great conversation piece for my guest. For my college apartment,  I loved the idea of having a classy light fixture.   However, I knew the idea was not very feasible due to the small living arrangements and the hefty price tag for a chandelier. This still didn’t deter me from incorporating a little glamour into my quaint studio. In place of a real chandelier – I drew one instead. I digitally painted a chandelier to create a Gatsby-like illustration. Then I went to my local thrift store and purchased two three dollar frames. I was immediately drawn to the frame’s ornate details and its’ potential. Just by adding a quick coat of black spray paint – I gave the frames new life. Overall, the project took me quite a while but I’m very happy with my budget friendly creation. The finished art work became a chic centerpiece above my bed.

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I filmed the whole transformation. I documented my steps by taking pictures for each drawing phase. After that, I was able to compile the images altogether to create a fast-lapse video. I hope you guys enjoy seeing the project take shape from start to finish! ~b

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College Studio Apartment Tour

 

This was my studio apartment during my junior and senior year of college. I was 20 years old at the time and living on my own was a huge milestone moment in my life. I remember vividly walking into the space for the first time and just feeling so incredibly happy.  🙂

The apartment was considered a college complex so everyone that lived there was a student. The location was very convenient and situated right on campus. I had easy access to the bus loop and ample of amenities (pool, clubhouse, movie theater, fitness center, etc. ) I was beyond lucky to be living there because it was one of the nicer apartments around the school area. All the furniture pieces were included (bed, couch, desk, etc. ) making it move-in ready! However, I still brought my brother’s old nightstand so I would have space for a lamp beside my bed. I also had a rather nice view because my room was on the third floor, which was the highest level. In terms of decorating, I went with a black, white, and gold color scheme. The black metal furniture pieces set the foundation to my space so I worked around that. I added personal artwork throughout and everything I bought was super affordable. I am very grateful to have lived there during my time at university.  It was the perfect place to call home and take naps between classes (ha!). Anyways, I hope you guys get some décor inspiration from my pictures and video!

~b

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Above is a picture of the floor plan. I figured it would be helpful and give a better outline of the space. 🙂