An Affordable Small Closet Makeover

Closet Makeover + Organizational Must-HavesEverything was such a whirlwind when I moved to NYC that I honestly never fully unpacked. Instead I pushed everything behind closed doors and as long as the doors could close it was fine. Turns out, that’s not a great way to live… who knew?!

Part of my goal for this year is to get more organized and I couldn’t think of a better place to start than my closet. It’s wasn’t an expensive or glamorous makeover, the whole thing cost me less than $100, but it has kept me neat and tidy ever since which I consider a win. So here it is, my closet makeover: Continue reading…

DIY Mounted Wall Desk for Two

DIY Mounted Wall DeskHappy 2019 friends! What better way to start the new year than by getting your work area organized?! When Ryan and I moved to Brooklyn last year, we needed a solution to the problem of having two computers but no designated room for an office. We wanted desks to accommodate both of our work areas, but not overpower the size of our living room (it’s an open floor plan that leads into the kitchen). Essentially we wanted it to be functional and offer some storage for our small apartment, without looking clunky or disorganized since any guest that come over will see it. Not only was a mounted wall desk the best option for being both practical and cute, but it was also the most affordable (under $400) out of all the options researched. Here’s how:  Continue reading…

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…