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I hope everyone had a great weekend! Today, I’m sharing a post that I’ve wanted to do for such a long time- a tour of my apartment! I’ve lived here over a year now, and I still love it! It was so much fun to decorate this space since I could do literally whatever I wanted with it. I decided to take advantage of that while I’m still able to, although when I get married I will put up an actual fight for my hot pink coffee table because I just freaking love it. But I’ve clearly got plenty of time to outline my argument for that discussion. So without further ado, welcome to my home!
I think my favorite part of my dining room is the giant fork and spoon on the wall! They’re very eclectic, but I think they look very chic as well. I had them up in my house in college, and people would make fun of them, but I would just tell them that I loved them and that they didn’t know anything. This set is actually an antique pair from a family friend that my dad painted black to match my decor! They have what looks like little tiki heads carved into the handles, which leads me to believe that they’re from another country, which is super cool. You can find a similar pair on Etsy (linked above), or I’ve also seen them at Kirkland’s, HomeGoods, and World Market! I also love that my table and chairs are two different colors. My parents found me this table and chair set at an estate sale for about $60, which is a steal. It’s a great table, and you can kind of see in the photo that it has an extra leaf if I ever get out of apartment life and have a regular-sized dining room! When I was talking about what color to paint it, I couldn’t decide between black and gold, so I told my mom I wanted to do the table black with gold chairs. She thought it would look weird and tried to talk me out of it, but I was like, “let me live my dreams”. And I’m pretty pleased with the result!
This little section is probably one of my favorite corners of my little abode. I’m very proud of my gallery wall (which if you want to know how to make one yourself, read this post!), and besides that, I just think it’s so cutie! My dresser is another estate sale find that my dad re-painted. I used this all through college, and it holds quite a bit so I just kept it! Honestly, estate sale furniture is just the way to go. Literally everything in my house besides my couch is either from an estate sale or stuff my parents had from a long time ago. It’s so cheap, and usually older furniture is a lot better quality than what they make now. I used to think it was a little bit gross, but as long as you clean it really well and it came from a clean house, it should be fine! Plus if you paint or stain it like I did, whatever was in there is probably dead from the paint fumes. Also in this photo is my Magic Mirror. It was in my closet when I moved into my first off-campus house, so I just claimed it as my own. Y’all, I don’t know what it is, but this mirror makes me look so great. It makes my legs look so long, and it makes me look real skinny. It’s kind of falling apart, but I will never give it up. Ever.
When I was trying to decide on what bedspread I wanted, I had my heart set on a white comforter with lots of fluffy pillows in hot pink and purple. Well, as I was searching for said reasonably-priced white comforter, I was in my bed drinking coffee…and I spilled it. It was then I knew that white was not an option for me. Never has been, probably never will be. So I chose a soft pink instead! I’ve been “meaning to” buy a few more pillows, but I just can’t find any that I love! Above my bed is my collection of antique hats. I’ve collected antique hats since I was in middle school, because they’re just so pretty! You will also notice Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly- this apartment is as much Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s as it is mine. I love her. And yes, I know what that movie is “really about”. I just don’t care. Bye.
Here’s another shot of my gallery wall! Ugh, I just love that rhino.
I’ve got another gallery wall in my living room! This one’s a bit more eclectic, and uses all of the art I had in my college house. Every bit of it. The purple and blue pillows are also from my bed in college! If you can’t tell, many of the things I had in my college apartment, I took with me to this one- but it’s a totally different look! I loved so many of the things I already had, so there wasn’t any sense in spending a lot of money on new stuff. My couch is the only thing I bought brand new, and it was a great purchase. It’s a great spot for napping when the elephant who lives above me isn’t being too loud!
Okay so the wall to the left is still bare, and you can’t see it but there’s a cutie chair just out of the picture, but this photo is really about that giant painting. I’d searched for months for something to go above my TV, but wasn’t sure what I wanted! I’d considered another gallery wall, a mirror, or a grouping of plates or something. Then, I found this painting at Hobby Lobby right after Christmas for $60 and knew I had to have it! I think it adds a much-needed pop to the room!
Oh the bookshelf. I’ve always had a bookshelf in my room and it’s always been filled with books- that’s what happens when you’re a teacher’s kid. However, my favorite part was always arranging knick-knacks on the shelves between the books! I think a bookshelf is a simple way to showcase a lot of different items at one time, without looking too cluttered. On mine, I have some photos of friends, one of the adorable geode bookends (not used as a bookend) my sister got me for my birthday, and my “K.Moss” nameplate that my grandpa once had on his own desk. Plus lots of books, obvs.
I love this little side table! The legs are very ornate, and I think the gold makes it so fancy! My dad actually found this in the alley of our neighborhood- someone had set it out by their trash because it was missing the glass! He snatched it up for me and we painted it and replaced the glass. So aside from the cost of the glass, this table was FO FREE! If that is not decorating on a budget, I really do not know what is. This, like the bookshelf, is just another place for knick-knacks, like the photo of my sister and I pretending to be Pippa & Kate, my favorite Volcano candle, a cute little blue and white dish, and this marble K that I found at HomeGoods a couple of weeks ago! This is another piece that I will probably never part with, I just love it so much.
So there you have it! Thanks for taking a little tour of my home, and I hope I’ve been able to show you that a fabulous apartment doesn’t have to mean expensive. Do you have any tips for decorating on a budget? Let me know!
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