I love shopping for home decor almost as much as I love shopping for clothes, so naturally when I moved into my new apartment, I went a little bonkers trying to immediately turn it into my perfect little space. While I’ve almost got everything the way I want it, there are still a few things I’ve yet to purchase, including a tv, more knickknacks (you can never have enough!!!) and lots of plants! I’ve never been known to have a green thumb, and I have never had many living plants in my apartment, but something about this particular space is just screaming for some greenery (maybe it’s because I’m getting later and later in my twenties…I don’t know). I’ve become especially obsessed with fiddle leaf fig trees, and plan on sticking one in my living room, as well as my bedroom. Regardless of my apartment not being exactly the way I want it yet, I thought I would share what I have so far.
I am just starting a new job and didn’t have a whole lot of money to spend of my decor, so I utilized places like Target and Craigslist A LOT. You’d be surprised what kind of stuff you can find if you do your homework and spend the time looking online. Each piece of furniture in my living room was purchased for under $150!! The majority of my furniture and decor is from places like World Market, Pier 1, and Home Goods…HOWEVER, I found much of it on Craigslist for MUCH cheaper than it would have cost me if I were to have purchased in store. I have to say I got extremely lucky finding great pieces that were basically like brand new…and that is because I did my homework and was constantly checking updated listings. This awesome orange rug is originally from Pottery Barn, but I found it on Craigslist for $100.
I wanted my living room to be light, feminine, and fun, but I also had the task of trying to disguise my sister’s couch (which is totally comfy, but not exactly the chicest of seating), as well as trying to hide the ugly fan in my living room window. I’m hoping it will be a bit more camouflaged once I get a plant for over by the window.
(I still need to put photos in my frames :-) )
I love the idea of a bar cart!! I have all of these fun glasses but never use them because they are always hidden away in cupboards. With them out in the open, I’m hoping I’ll use them more!
I love playing with different colors, textures, and patterns…
This chair and these pillows (moo) were all from World Market. I had seen this chair a few months back and loved it, and was ready to spend the $329 price tag, but as luck would have it, the day I moved into my new apartment I found it on Craigslist for $120 (You can imagine my utter joy).
Another thing I needed to buy when moving into this new apartment was new dishes. Previously I had been living with a collection of things I’d picked up over the years living with different friends and roommates, and it was about time I got a set of dishes (the main dishes I had been using were ones my mom bought me when I was a freshman in high school…she bought them thinking they would be good for when I was a freshman in COLLEGE…that was ten years ago.)
I love this bohemian set from Target (the solid plates are ceramic and the pretty patterned ones are plastic and make for great snaking plates!)! They remind me of something from Anthropologie, but for a fraction of the cost. I also can’t get enough of these glasses…
I knew I wanted my bedroom to be a calm and relaxing space, with not a whole lot of color. My apartment has original hardwood and Spanish terra-cotta floors (which I love), and I think my bedroom decor plays into that theme nicely.
I found this gorgeous pillow at Home Goods, and it really became the starting point for the rest of the room. Soon after I found these two Moroccan mirrors (on sale!!!), which give the space a bit of interest and some height.
As for the turquoise night stands…I found those on Craigslist years ago. This super-awesome chick named Chrissy has a company called Love Shack Designs where her and her husband refurbish furniture. Their customized headboards are the best!!
The majority of my bedroom furniture I bought last year, when I was obsessed with the entire Hayworth collection at Pier 1. It wasn’t exactly as cheap as Craigslist, so I’m slowly trying to make everything look a little less fussy, and a little more cool and calm. My bedroom isn’t exactly where I want it to be yet, but it’s getting there.
My overall goal is to make may apartment feel lived in. I want it to feel like my little escape from the big city…and hopefully I’m getting there.
My advice for decorating on a budget is to utilize places like Craigslist and flea markets (you can find some treasures!). Always pay attention to when stores are having sales, especially end of the season sales, and always sign up for a store’s rewards program (if it’s free). Finally, focus on the bigger picture and wait to get knickknacks and decorative pieces later (I sometimes have a hard time with this one…).
I hope you all enjoyed this home decor post…I promise to get back to fashion tomorrow! See you then!