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!

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


BeInspireful - Apt. Haul 7Wayfair –  Scandinavian-inspired Bed Frame
BeInspireful - Apt. Haul 3Dot & BoContemporary Desk ( in stock at Target )
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BeInspireful - Apt. Haul 4Marshalls –  Sleek Night Stand BeInspireful - Apt. Haul 2IkeaSimple Storage Cabinet+ 3 Cabinet DoorsBeInspireful - Apt. Haul 1BeInspireful - High Rise Apt. Mock Up 1

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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

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!

~b

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. 🙂