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.

You know that saying where everything is bigger in the South? Well it’s kind of true. Micro-studios are not that common in Charlotte. Unfortunately real estate developers are still building large units to get renters to pay more. When I toured my studio for the first time, I ended up leasing it on the very same day – knowing if I didn’t, then it would be gone. Not to mention, 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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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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Corporate Office Tour + My 8-5 Perks!

Hey guys! I’ve been wanting to make an office tour of my workspace for the longest time. I actually filmed this video at the end of November but just recently got around to editing it.

In short, my office is very minimal and modern. The main furniture pieces are all from IKEA which was provided by the company – but all of the extra decor items are things that I brought in to spruce up my space. I like to keep everything bright and colorful because unfortunately, I do not have a window in my room. However, despite this, I still love my cozy little office. I made it into a home away from home!

As I mentioned in the video, I work at my company’s headquarters. I am part of the marketing team. My responsibilities include designing (content curation + creation) plus marketing (social media + advertising) for our various locations. It’s a pretty good job and I am so thankful I get to work at a place where my skills and interest mesh so well! I put together a mini-list highlighting some of the perks of my 8-5. 🙂

–  The Perks –

1.) Stability // I had a few offers to work for startup companies when I graduated from college but honestly, I really don’t think I would have liked those types of jobs. I am a person that loves structure and stability. Often times, I feel start-up positions are overworked and underpaid. If you can get your foot inside a company with a good reputation and track record then I think it’s better to work for a place that offers security.

2.) Resources + Tools // I feel very privileged to be a young professional and have an office all to myself. Working for corporate means you are provided with benefits (not just healthcare, 401 k, etc.), but also tools like a new laptop, phone, etc. We also have an intern that comes in twice a week to help me with some tedious tasks. She’s a life saver!

3.) Short Commute // I have a 10-15 min. commute to work every day. I live in Uptown but my workplace is a little outside the city center. Every morning, I see a long line of cars heading into the city as I am heading out. It makes me feel very lucky to be on the other side of the road!

4.) No Micro-Management // My boss is a really nice lady. She holds a lot of trust in her employees and never really checks up to see if we are working. It’s just to be expected of us to get the job done. I love the freedom and independence because I thrive in environments where I am in charge of my own schedule and tasks.

5.) Business Casual // I think the idea of getting dressed up to work is fun for maybe the first few months. But honestly, I love being comfortable. Wearing jeans and not having to steam my clothes for the week is definitely a perk.

6.) Work/Life Balance // Probably my favorite thing about my job. Granted, sometimes this isn’t always the case when it’s busier. But for the most part, I have been good at keeping my professional and personal life in check. I believe this creates an overall happier and healthier lifestyle.

7.) Career Alignment // I am working in a field that I want to continue to grow in. My position aligns with the future goals that I’ve had set for myself since I was a kid!

–  The Cons-

1.) Hours + Vacation Time // I work from 8 am – 5 pm. Not the typical 9-5 like most corporate jobs. Although we do get an hour lunch break, I would much rather have a shorter lunch break if that meant getting out earlier. In addition, 2 weeks PTO is pretty standard but I wished we had the flexibility for more.


All in all,  I feel immense gratitude for the life I am able to lead. Having a desk job and a  comfortable profession is a luxury to have and I never want to take that for granted. Anyways, thanks so much for reading this post! I hope you guys enjoyed the mini office tour!  ~b

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My Tory Burch Lunch Box

(I pack my lunch every day!)

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1.) Pineapple Succulent

2.) Felt Letter Board

3.) Elephant Pencil Holder

4.) Emarld Teardrop Vase

5.) Padded Foot Rest

6.) Magnetic Bulletin Board

7.) Dry Erase Wall Calendar 

8.) Back Support Cushion

9.) Faceted Porcelain Vase

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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