Apartment Living: Help Me Pick a Rug!

Living Room BeforeApartment update! We still really need to decorate!

I kept the couch and coffee table from my apartment, but ditched the rug when we moved– and with good reason. The one I had previously was a cream like color, and my god did it shed. Not only was it nearly impossible to keep clean, but it would leave stray white strands all over my navy velvet sofa no matter how often I used a rug rake (yes they make rakes for rugs). If I’m going to have hairs everywhere, it better be from a dog. Another thing I noticed is that when we moved the couch, the sections of the rug under the coffee table and couch were discolored as they didn’t wear the same as the other parts that saw traction. So no more shag rugs for me, no matter how cute I think they are!

I’d really love to involve you guys more in the decorating process, so here are the rugs I’m considering right now for our new place. I could go a few different routes, one would be calming and monochrome with the cool blue tones and light patterns. Or I can go a bit more bold with a bright pink, which let’s face it, is kinda where I’m leaning. Seriously, how good would #4 look with that navy?! But I need your help because when it comes down to it, I’m still on the fence! What rug is your favorite for the space above? Help!

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Renter Friendly Patio Makeover

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Guys! I am so beyond excited to share my patio makeover with you today! I really didn’t think it was possible to make my concrete apartment space into something beautiful, but now it’s possibly my favorite space that I’ve ever decorated. And y’all, everything I did is completely renter friendly, so you can recreate the look for yourself without worrying about upsetting your landlord. If you want to send me wine as a thank you, just email me for my address, k?

Now, on to the makeover!

Renter friendly patio makeover. Click through for full before and after!Okay, so let’s talk about the before. There were a few issues with my previous space. First, the astroturf and table just didn’t weather well through the winter. Not only that, but they made the space feel super small since it was only a table for two in the corner. So much of my patio was left unused and I rarely found myself using the space because of it.  Continue reading…

10 Stunning Sinks

10 Stunning Sinks[Midwest Remodel via The Everygirl]

What is it about a fancy sink that makes hand washing seem so damn glamorous?! Whatever it is, I’m 100% into it. Seriously, if you have a fancy sink in your home, I’m about to be your BFF. Unfortunately renting has left me without that daily spa like feeling, but luckily a girl can still dream. And one day, fingers crossed, I’ll be able to look back on this post for inspiration when it comes time for me to buy a home.

Here are ten stunning stinks that have totally won me over. Feel free to drool with me fellow renters!

10 Stunning SinksEvent Space at Studio 125

10 Stunning SinksHome Makeover by Amber Interiors

10 Stunning SinksLokal Hotel via Gravity Home

10 Stunning SinksKitchen Reveal by Almost Makes Perfect Continue reading…

10 Lovely Living Rooms

10 Lovely Living Rooms[Source]

Is there anything more satisfying than coming home from a long day and kicking your feet up on the couch? Add some pizza and Netflix and you’ve got the best night ever in my opinion. Since so much time is spent entertaining and relaxing in the living room, why not make it a space you truly love?

If you’re looking to giving your home a spring refresh, even with just some new plants and art, here are ten lovely spaces that totally inspire!

10 Lovely Living Rooms2. Living Room Reveal by Paper & Stitch

10 Lovely Living Rooms3. Living Room Makeover by Oh Happy Day

10 Lovely Living Rooms4. Soulful Living Room via Domino

10 Lovely Living Rooms5. Dabito’s Living Room via Front + Main  Continue reading…