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 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 Though an outdated infrastructure, his $500 monthly rent has not increased in the last few years and the water is always free here which is an added bonus.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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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

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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

Empty Studio Apartment Tour

 

Hi all! Here’s an unfurnished video tour of my current studio apartment. I have been living here for a few months now and I absolutely love it here! The energy of the city is contagious! I can’t tell you guys enough how lucky I am to snag this 324 sq. ft. studio with a monthly rent of $655. Most apartments in uptown are around a grand (yikes!). On top of the affordable price, my unit came with everything I could possibly need. There is plenty of built-in storage to make up for the lack of footage. A work/desk space right next to the kitchen, and washer/dryer combo in the walk in closet. I’ll admit the furnishings are super basic but they helped me save a lot of money on buying cohesive furniture. In addition, the complex has really good amenities. There are two pools and fitness centers, café/computer room, laundry room, and outside lounging areas. Although this is the smallest space I have ever lived in, it is actually my favorite apartment. I really couldn’t have been happier with my decision to call this place my home. ~b

Update: Check out my fully decorated studio apartment here.

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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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