I knew that the summer would be my one and only chance to devote time into making the apartment Thomas and I found to look and feel like a home. Tiny spaces really don’t foster a “homey” feel for myself and I knew that if I wanted Thomas and I to enjoy coming home everyday I would need to create the warmth and comfort through design details. My first homemaker task was painting our walls a faint maple brown color for the living room and a faded olive green for the kitchen and dinning room. Without further due, come one in!
The first thing you see when approaching our entry way is a homemade wreath by yours truly. Both my mother and my mother in law have used wreaths for festive occasions in their home décor and that therefore inspired me to create a wreath for year long use. It’s also a great way for friends and family to figure out which apartment is ours.(Keep an eye out for the DIY wreath post in December!)
One of my favorite spots to plop down after walking in to remove my shoes and catch my breath is our window-seat. Ironically, the bench I had acquired from target years ago fit perfectly within the frame of the window. The lumbar leaf pillow also comes from Target.
Next in view is our beautiful TV stand/entertainment system which the Mr. bought as a gift for me. He purchased this off of Amazon and we love the way it looks but it was a royal pain in the butt to assemble. My OCD tendencies would not allow the two front doors to hang anything but perfectly aligned from top to bottom. It took a grand total of four hours and one mental breakdown for its full completion.
Turning around past our balcony will land you in sight of our living room set up. Thomas and his family found us the brown couch at a local thrift store and the pillows came via Kmart and Etsy. The round mirror (originally black) was given to us by Thomas’ family and was later painted to match the décor. I purchase all my vintage décor paint from a local antique store called “Time Gone By”. However, if you are interested in purchasing the same paint, the company that makes it is called Mason Blanche. It is purchasable online.
My favorite piece of furniture we own was purchased at a yard sale for twenty dollars. It was originally a deep cherry-wood color and was then painted over to match our décor. With ten separate drawers and an open back hinge flap, it is the storage king of our home!
Two other bargain buys we found for our nest were the end table and lamp that tie the living room look together. The table is a large glass top iron cast beauty weighing probably the amount of a baby manatee. I’m proud to say I lugged that thing up our staircase all by myself after purchasing it from a local thrift store. It was also painted over to match the décor. The lamp was a score! Hobby Lobby was having 50 percent off lamps and I swept in like a hawk to claim this one.
Next comes our little dinning nook with faded world map (Old Time Pottery), his/her birdcage photo-frames painted over (Hobby Lobby), skeleton key clock (World Market), Bookshelf painted over (Target), and DIY floral arrangements.
The kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom are still in the process of being put together and will feature on a later post once completed. Thanks for stopping by! Featured below are some close-up décor details. Enjoy!
~ The Mrs.
Coupon Kitchen Organizer
Recipe Holder (Purchased from: The Doves Nest)
Our pet fish Sochi (Name after where the Olympics were held in Russia) living almost a year now!
A necessity for loose change (Purchased from: Family Christian Bookstore)
A previous Christmas gift from my Mr. (Young Living Oil Diffuser + Vintage oil storage box)
Candle sticks (Purchased from: Homegoods)
Candy Dish (Purchased from: Old Time Pottery)
Hanging Begonia Basket ( Purchased from: Lowes, Home Depot, & Old Time Pottery)