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. ūüôā 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 Though an outdated infrastructure, his $500 monthly rent has not increased in the last few years and the water is always free here which is an added bonus.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. ūüôā¬† ~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 РSimilar 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 РRustic Dresser // $75 РSimilar 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.

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

Hi Guys! Welcome to my home! I am so excited to show you guys around ūüôā . 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 Рit 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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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. ¬†ūüôā

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. ūüôā

College Dorm Room Tour

Hi guys! Very long time and no update (sorry) . But ya know, life happens! I have been very busy with work and I also went on a family vacation to the Bahamas recently. Plus, staying consistent with blogging is probably one of the hardest part. That, and content curation.

Anyways, continuing with the home décor series! This blog post is about my college dorm. I lived in a dorm room for the first two years of university. The featured video is my sophomore dorm.  I had a single unit but I also had 4 other roommates within the dorm suite. We all shared one bathroom which, in my opinion, is better than sharing with the whole floor. I chose to have a single room because I love to have a space all to myself. I also had a very messy roommate my freshman year so I didn’t want to go through that experience again!

My college room was incredibly tiny but I LOVED it!  My décor was very bohemian inspired. My walls were plastered with my favorite memories (photos everywhere!) and I hung up a big old map to remind me of all the places I wanted to see one day. I also included a colorful elephant painting that I made because I love art and wanted to showcase it. In general , I lived in a very basic dorm with its bulky bunk bed and standardized storage. However, I still felt like I made it into a space that was unique and fitting to my style at that stage of my life.

Hope you guys enjoy the video!

~b

Bedroom Room Tour

 

Hi guys! In the next few blog posts, I will be sharing some home decor inspiration. I am starting this series in the order in which I lived in these places.

So first off is my old bedroom at my parent’s house (this was filmed about four years ago).¬†At this time I was still in the early stages of my college career and developing my sense of style. Looking back now, the super girly color scheme is borderline cringe-worthy (ha!).¬†However, I am still crazy about my old headboard display. I loved how it lit up at night and made the room feel extra cozy. ¬†It was also¬†very easy to make. All you need is a city silhouette decal, white string lights, and mini command hooks. Together the stringed lights spell out ¬†the word, ” Dream.” ¬†For me, this simple word went along with the saying, “Small town girl, big city dreams,” which depicted my background¬†and¬†where I aspired to be one day. Now that I do live in a city – I am still dazzled by the city lights and the feeling of limitless potential that they evoke. When you stand in front of a skyscraper you can’t help but feel like an ant staring at something grand. Anyways, hope you guys get some bedroom decor ideas from the video! Talk to ya soon!

~b

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