Welcome to my apartment! Last month, my boyfriend and I moved into our new apartment. It’s close to my college and his work and is the perfect little place. We searched for a really long time to find a place (I might do a post of tips for apartment hunting) but we finally found “the one” and have been settling in.
I’ve become a little obsessed with decorating it and Pinterest has consumed my life a little bit lately. The living room is the only room yet that is pretty much completed so this is the one I’ll be sharing on here first. I’ll go through where I found each piece/ how I made it and share any tips I’ve found so far. I’m really happy with how it turned out and that I was able to get a lot of the ideas from my head to reality!
1. Gallery Wall
Gallery walls have become quite trendy in the past couple years and I really love how they look. They’re quite easy- even if they don’t look it. Sometimes picking one statement piece of art or wall decor can be daunting, but with a gallery wall anything goes. You can change one piece or the whole thing whenever you want, so I recommend this if you’re decorating your first space.
I made my gallery wall pretty much the cheapest way possible. The whole project cost me around 20 dollars! I just found some of my favorite photos or quotes from Pinterest and printed them out at my local library, which cost just a few dollars. Then I bought some cheap frames from Wal-Mart totaling about $15. I chose frames that were kind of mismatched; some of them have thin black borders, some thicker more ornate border, one circular to make a statement. I’ve found that almost anything works in a gallery wall so have fun with it. I originally thought I printed way too many pictures, then when I went to hang it on the wall realized it actually looked a little lacking. So, I took two vintage mirrors I purchased at a garage sale years back and mixed them in, and a little mirror I bought from Target. I think the mirrors added the variety it needed. I’ve seen people put chromatic animal busts, dreamcatchers, all kinds of different things on theirs and they’ve looked pretty awesome, so it’s really what you make it.
2. DIY Accessories
My friend and I made the other pillows (here is a link to the before and after). We made six decorative pillows which usually cost around $10-$30 each, for under $30.We just took thrift store pillows and covered them with fabric, it was really simple. The vintage chest is from a garage sale and cost $10. My dad found our end tables on the side of the road, and I just spray-painted their tops, which were originally bright red, white.
Our couch is from Raymour and Flanagan and was actually one of the only pieces of furniture we bought new. We took some of the pillows that came with it off and just kept a few. The gold pouf is and string lights are from Target.
I found our standing lamp in my parents’ barn at home. It had been about 20 years since anyone had used it and they let me take it. It’s a little bit rusty but after a good cleaning and new lightbulbs it’s just like new.
3. Ladder Shelf
One day I was browsing Pinterest and I came across one of the most genius DIY’s I’d ever seen- the ladder shelf. I think it looks so cool, and like you put a ton of effort into it and it’s actually incredibly easy. I just took an old ladder we had lying around (you can find them at thrift shops, garage sales) and spray painted it white. Then, my dad and I cut a few pieces of wood into four sections, each smaller than the other. Then we just screwed in a few more poles to the side of the ladder without rungs and set the wood on top. I decided not to paint the wood because I like the contrast of the natural wood and white ladder. It was really simple and a real focal point of the room. I just decorated it with different books, candles, succulents, and our favorite knick-knacks.
4. Extra Seating
In this corner we just added this little chair from Target. It’s actually a fold-up chair but I think it looks pretty cute there. We put a stool in front of it and covered it with one of my favorite blankets. My friend found the old mirror for me at a garage sale. This was important to add because our living room doesn’t have a ton of seating, so the chair and stool can be used as additional seating.
Hope you’ve liked this little tour into my humble abode, and if you have any questions leave a comment and I’ll answer as best I can!