Apartment Design- Welcome to Our Home!
Updated: Dec 9, 2020
I cannot believe it is already December! December marks the sixth month since Peter and I moved into our apartment. It is the first time we are living together, and we have fully enjoyed decorating our apartment and making it feel like home.
Before moving to Georgia, both of us lived in tiny apartments in Washington DC. We were thrilled to move into a place with more space, especially since we have been spending a lot of time at home.
We furnished our apartment with a combination of new, old, hand-me-downs, and new to us items. I was lucky enough to store a lot of my furniture at my parents’ house while I was living in DC.
With a lot of the older items, Peter was able to refinish the pieces and make them look completely different. He is very talented at refinishing furniture and even refurbished an old light fixture I had sitting in storage.
So, without further ado, welcome to our home!
ENTRYWAY & HALL OFFICE
Our front door opens up to an entryway area and a half bathroom. We painted the hall bathroom a dark navy color from Sherwin Williams called Naval. I had a silk scarf framed a while ago that happened to match this gorgeous color perfectly!
Our entryway table was purchased from Wayfair at least four years ago. One of the pieces of art is a painting of Sacre Coeur, one of our favorite spots in Montmartre, Paris. The other pieces of art and the mirror are antiques that were gifted from my grandmother Mam.
On the other end of the entryway is my desk. This space was originally a coat closet! I hired someone to take the doors off, paint the inside wall a soft blush, and add shelves. (If you want his contact info, please let me know!)
Peter added an outlet underneath the desk! We had plenty of space to put my desk in other areas of the house but converting this coat closet opened up the entryway and made it a livable space. Now I actually use the entryway and the half bathroom. I replaced the generic light fixture with a crystal light fixture, which creates amazing shadows on the wall.
The Livingroom is an open concept that overlooks the dining room and kitchen. One of the coolest items we have is the mirror behind the couch. It is an antique piece that is over 200 years old! The coffee table and the console table underneath the TV are antiques from my grandmother mam. Believe it or not, they were a dark brown wood that looked tropical before Peter refinished them with a glossy white paint.
It was difficult for us to find custom curtains online for the length we needed (10 ft). However, after many returns to Pottery Barn, we were told that Bed Bath & Beyond can customize orders in-store. I found our area rug on Wayfair. I love the color of it! The name of the design is Twila Oriental Gray/Light by Bungalow Rose in the 9 x 12 size.
Our chandelier can be purchased with this link. It is the Bragg 6 Light Candle Style Classic / Traditional Chandelier with Crystal Accents. Currently, Wayfair is having an amazing sale on this item. It is half the price for a Swarovski crystal chandelier!
One of my favorite rooms in the house will always be the kitchen!
The marble table is an older piece I kept in storage from my previous apartment, as well as the bistro light fixture from One Kings Lane, and the Bar Cart from Wayfair. For a similar look, I found this bistro light from Lamps Plus.
The only new item in the kitchen is the shag carpet. This white carpet under the kitchen table is not practical for red wine or pasta, but I absolutely love the look. Plus, Peter and I already spilt red sauce on it once and recovered it. The bistro chairs at the marble table and counter are the black and white Riviera collection from Serena and Lilly!
Our master bedroom took forever to finish because Pottery Barn had our bed on backorder for 5 months. It is the Antonia Canopy Bed in Oatmeal. We finally got it a month ago and love how amazing it looks. Our bedside tables are from Pier One, and I can’t wait to replace them. I have had them since college, and it is time for them to go… into the guest bedroom.
I found the black and white paintings from my favorite furniture store in Roswell, 13 Hub Lane. The chandelier is from Italian Concept and called the Seville Anselme Wood Beaded chandelier. I love how the light fixture creates a calming glow and gives off bohemian vibes.
The curtains are from Bed Bath & Beyond. Once again, Bed Bath & Beyond was the only retailer that I could order tall curtains from off the rack. These are the Quinn 108-inch Grommet Top 100% blackout window curtain panel in Ivory.
Our bedding is also from Pottery Barn. We ordered the White Belgian Flax Linen Diamond Quilt collection.
MASTER BATHROOM & CLOSET
We did not do anything too special in our bathroom, but we did add a wall organizer (not pictured). I have attached the link here if you are looking for extra bathroom storage. It is the Metal Over the Toilet Etagere, Polished Nickel finish.
Apartment closets never have any place to store shoes. My saving grace was the extra shoe selves I ordered from Overstock. They are the 10 Pair Stackable Shoe Rack by Closet Maid. These shoe racks are great, but the height of each row is too low for high heels. Peter removed ever other row at the top of the rack to fit my higher heels! It is not a perfect solution, but it works for now!
We love our outdoor space, even though we don’t use it nearly enough. We have an outdoor TV for sporting events or watching a movie outside when the weather is nice. Right before we moved in, Peter cleaned and refinished all the teak furniture with oil to darken and protect it.
The rug is from Pottery Barn (shocker). It is the Jordy Eco-Friendly indoor/outdoor rug, 8x10 in gray! The garden stool is from One Kings Lane. The pillows are Green Palm leaf print from Tommy Bahama, but you can find something similar on Etsy! We added a touch of greenery with fake plants because I would most likely kill real ones.
Believe it or not, we LOVE our nook. It is a great place to relax while someone is cooking in the kitchen. We also use the nook to enjoy a cocktail and listen to music after a long day. The pink velvet couch is fun and glamorous.
The nook area is filled with random art that I’ve had for years. One piece is a commission, some were found on the streets of New York City, and others I dragged from my college apartment because I haven’t found anything to replace them yet.
GUEST BEDROOM & OFFICE
Last but not least, our second bedroom that Peter uses for his office and closet! The bathroom has a full-size bathtub/shower, and the closet is a decent sized walk-in.
The bed frame is one of my favorite Pottery Barn purchases of all time because it doubles as a dresser. Additionally, each drawer can fit double of what a traditional dresser can hold! This bed is highly suggested for small spaces.
The desk was also another hand-me-down from my grandmother
Mam. I love the mid-century modern touch the desk brings. Our guest room is great for an office because of all the natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows.
THANK YOU FOR STOPPING BY
Our house is not perfect, but it is perfect for us right now! As time goes on, we would like to add a comfy sectional to the living room, update the bedside tables, and add bookshelves to the nook for extra storage. Any home is a work in progress, and we will continue to update our home as our tastes change and our lifestyle evolves. I’ll try to keep you updated with any changes we make!