Apartment Tour

I realize I’ve been a little MIA lately – but I’ve had a few good reasons for that, which I’ll explain later this week. For now, I think I owe you guys something pretty huge. So, I decided it was about time I posted an apartment tour.

 

I’m so excited about showing you guys this place because Matt and I both love it so much. However, we might be moving in a few months. Our hope is to stay in the same apartment complex, just move to the top floor. In the winter, we struggle with loud, banging pipes in our bedroom wall, which wake us up at all hours of the night. However, I love the way this place looks so much I just had to share, so here it is!

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Summer Decor on the Cheap

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Feeling like your space needs a little refresh for summer, but are played out on seashells and nautical blues? Try adding pops of bright, yet earthy detail for a warm summer escape, under $60.

1. Teakwood Candle: If you’re missing the warmth of real wood furniture in your space, add small accents with these natural and beautiful candles.

2. Peony Wreath: Channel your inner Blair Waldorf and embrace the peony. This wreath can take you from summer to fall with bright accents of green and orange.

3. Monkey Tray: A sunshiny place to drop your keys or stash your jewelry, with a little surprise on the inside.

4. Wicker Candle Holder: Bring natural elements in and let a little summer glow sparkle through this wicker candle holder.

5. Throw Pillow: Fuchsia is the hot color of the summer and it goes with cool blues, grays or with warm oranges.

For the Love of Decor 5/15/15: Five of my favorite accessories and where you can find them

Hey organized ladies and gents. I’m starting a new monthly segment, where I highlight some pieces of decor or fun items that I’m currently loving. Like this post if you like it and want to see more, and comment to let me know what you want to see next!Screen Shot 2015-05-15 at 10.25.08 AM

Vase: Pair with some red silk flowers and you’ve got yourself a subtly patriotic look, just in time for memorial day.

@ shelf accessory: Add a little web to your offline world, for the social lady in all of us.

Bowls: Who doesn’t love a simple and feminine gold accent? Almost too pretty to eat out of. Use these as an accessory tray or a place to stash your keys.

Hanging wall organizer: 1, 2, 3, 4, I don’t know what I love more … it’s galvanized metal or it’s perfect organizing system for mail.

Pens: Perfect for summer, these pens will have you singing “Part of that world,” while jotting down notes in your next meeting.

To see more decor and daily organizing and decorating inspiration on the fly, follow me on InstagramPinterestFacebook and Twitter. Catch you next time!

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Adding color to your apartment with white walls

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When you’re in your 20’s, apartment living is great. It gives you the freedom to move out of mom and dad’s house, while not committing to a permanent residence. You wanna leave for the summer and travel Asia? No problem – your lease ends in June.

But sometimes, apartment living isn’t always what Carrie Bradshaw made us believe it was going to be. Fancy apartments are expensive and renting comes with a whole set of rules you never knew were possible. You can’t remodel, have pets, change the fixtures or hardware, and you definitely cannot paint. If you can paint, you’re making a huge commitment because if you want to leave when your lease is up, you have to paint it back. Not cool.

So, here are some easy ways you can bring color into your apartment and make your white walls look fabulous.

1. Area rugs

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Area rugs are a must for apartments that have hard wood, but for spaces that are already carpeted, don’t fear using a brightly colored area rug to cover up those worn-in tan carpets. Rug over rug isn’t typical, but it can add so much character to a room if you find one that’s unique. This one from Target brings lots of colors to the pretty party.

2. Removable wall paper

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You can use removable wall paper on your walls of course, but it can do so many more things. Use it as self liner in your bathroom or kitchen. Stick it to the walls of your closet. Decorate a fireplace. Wrap your old furniture in it, or use it on the back of a bookcase so you can take it with you when you move out. It’s the perfect solution to a neutral space. You can find removable wallpaper on Etsy, like the one pictured above by KateZarembaCompany in Washington, DC.

3. Two words: Gallery. Wall.

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I can’t say I’ve participated yet, but I’m so on board with the trendy new gallery wall. It’s a perfect solution to a blank white wall. Look at this one from Style Me Pretty Living. Even though there’s still a lot of white going on, it totally works. The bright pops of pink and gold really catch the eye and the flowers hanging from the deer head add the perfect touch of whimsy and femininity.

4. Colored accent furniture

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Before Matt and I moved to the Capital Region, I went crazy painting old furniture to look new again. I painted larger pieces of furniture, like my dresser, neutral colors to avoid a huge commitment to one color, but some of the smaller pieces I painted with color. I have to say – I was nervous at first, but I love this powder blue table and the pop of happiness it brings to our dark grey couch.

5. Accessorize

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Nothing is as easy as buying some hot pink silk flowers or colored glass jars to liven up a room. You can find really inexpensive home decor items at place like Michaels, T.J. Maxx and even the Christmas Tree Store. They’re all excellent resources for colorful, yet inexpensive, accents.

6. Canvas prints

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You can find a canvas print almost anywhere these days. And they can fill up a whole wall with color with only one nail hole. It’s pretty amazing. This one pictured above is a piece of art we got for only $50 at Kirklands.

Now that you have the tools to change your apartment from a neutral zone to colorful oasis, go forth and live a colorful (and organized!) life. Catch you next time!Signature

My Pretty Little Springtime Dresser

Happy Hump Day! Hope you’re all having a good week and are enjoying the weather! It was 36 degrees in Albany yesterday–practically balmy! Matt and I even walked to the gym on Tuesday, it was so nice to get outside. Since spring is just around the corner, I wanted to share my bright, springtime dresser with you guys and give you some ideas on ways to update your spaces for spring. Here it is!

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It took me some thinking to decide on this set up with the mirrors above the shelf. I’m always wary of hanging things on the wall because trying to fix a hole in the wall is a pain. But I’m so happy with my decision to put the shelf where it is and keep all the extra stuff off of the actual dresser top. I love that it’s simplistic and is void of visual and actual clutter. As a general rule, keeping it simple is always better, and I knew that’s how I wanted this dresser to be.

On another note, I used to make fun of my mom for having fake flowers in her house, but now that I have a place of my own, I love them! These floral stems are actually real flowers that have been dried, I picked them up at the Saratoga Farmer’s Market last summer. I love the look their reflection off the mirror gives. It makes them look fuller and brighter. Oh–and they’re maintenance free. You don’t have to water them or care for them, it’s great!

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You’ll recognize my little milk glass pedestal bowl if you saw my jewelry organizing post. I love that little subtle vintage touch it gives and is the perfect place for my everyday earrings!

I refinished this dresser myself. It used to be a terrible linoleum wood, my sister painted it all black and then passed it down to me. I painted it white (my favorite color), and you can see some of the paint started chipping. It used to bother me, but as time goes on, I’m starting to like the weathered look it gives with the black paint showing through. It was a happy mistake!

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If you aren’t displaying your perfume bottles in some way in some area of your bedroom, you’re really missing out. They are a perfect and free home decor accessory that adds femininity to any piece of furniture! I am in love with the Viva La Juicy bottle and the bight pink bow that ads a pop of color to a mostly neutral color scheme.

image44I love the warm and fuzzies I get when I wake up and head towards this dresser to start getting ready for the day. It’s even better when the top is clear and there are no clothes or stray jewelry–I’m still working on making that happen everyday. How do you style up your dresser for spring? Let me know in the comments!

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The “Big Move”

Hi Everyone!

So I’ve been on such a long hiatus because I recently packed up my life and moved out to Clifton Park, NY with my boyfriend, Matt. For those of you who don’t know, Clifton Park is a suburb of Albany or Saratoga Springs (depending on how you define the location).

The move was a BIG BIG decision for me, especially since I moved with no job, and only the money I made from my summer waitressing job. I always knew I wanted to move in with Matt after graduation and the fact that it was a place where I had never been before was an added bonus.

How many times in life is there so little holding you back that you can move with no strings attached? Being 22 years old, it seemed like the only option for me. I knew if I didn’t move here and move in with Matt, that I would always wonder and might find myself regretting it. Also, there was almost nothing keeping me in Rochester, other than my friends and family, most of which I know I’ll always have in my life no matter where I live. I had no job, and there is little to no opportunity for advertising, other than a few major agencies.

Anyways, I’ve been living here for almost 4 months now and things are going really well. Although I haven’t yet found my dream full-time job, I’m finally building a network and figuring out where I’ll fit in the landscape of the Capital District. In the meantime, I’m working at a daycare, mainly with 3 year-olds (who I LOVE) and with many women who have changed my outlook on life and I’m so happy to call my new friends. In the mornings, I work as a barista at Starbucks, which is turning out to be a pretty cool job.

Somehow, between my two part time jobs, I manage to pay the bills (well, half since Matt and I split everything 50/50). Including paying rent on a 750 square foot apartment. The good news is, I’ve finally got it close enough to acceptable to finally show pictures of my tiny closet-like domicile.

Here’s my little home. Let’s start wight he front door:

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Totally glamorous, right? Especially the shovel. We use that to unbury our cars. We do live in upstate, NY after all 🙂

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Love this little board and picture frames my sister gave us before we moved 🙂

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Our favorite thing about the apartment: the washer and dryer!

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My favorite picture of us 🙂

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Matt made this dining room table HIMSELF! I was so proud of him, especially since he had never built anything before. Isn’t it beautiful?

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NERD ALERT: My Harry Potter collection and other books 🙂

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If you live in a tinny apartment, I 100% suggest buying some cheap bookshelves from target like this one, it maximizes vertical space and creates a TON more storage, not to mention it looks cute.

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Again, LOVE the table.

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Throw pillows, throw pillows, throw pillows … I love them. They are a cheap way to dress up our old, worn out futon and make it a little more comfortable as well.

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Our floating shelves are from IKEA, as is our bed frame and dining chairs.

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My beautiful niece, Allison.

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Matt has a desktop computer, meaning we had to have a desk somewhere … unfortunately.

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The chair belonged to my grandmother and is not all that cute, but its comfortable, free, and kind of growing on me.

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We love boardgames!

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For all you CC grads, YUP that is an illustration of the high school circa 2009 (pre-renovations).

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Hit up Michaels for faux plants and other home decor items, there are always sales and coupons!

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The cut out between the living room and kitchen was another favorite thing about this place.

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Matt’s “sportchulas”

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Artwork by: Sammy Dwyer: finger-painting guru.

And that’s where I live now! It’s not much and it’s not ideal, but We’ve finally made it into a place where we feel at home and I think its not bad for the apartment of two 22 year olds! What do you think?