We'll start with the kitchen since it's the first room you're in once you enter the apartment. As you can see the apartment is very open which, along with the glass doors to the balcony, makes it feel really big.
It's pretty much just your basic kitchen! I like keeping the counters bare and only have practical things out for decoration. I have my owl cookie jar and owl candle that I've had for the past few years next to some plates to put cookies or treats on when I have people over. Then by the stove I have two silver utensil holders for convenience - and yes I do have the black utensils in one holder and the colorful utensils in the other.
My favorite little spot, aside from the owls is this cute Kitchen Conversions cutting board I found At Home. Since I put it next to my canister with flour, it makes me feel like it's a little bakery (even though I almost never bake).
I have my little dining nook in the corner of the living room. The dining table and chairs are from my mom. My mom having extra furniture to give me is definitely one of the upsides of her addiction to decorating. And as you can see I keep my aloe vera plant on top of the table. I have it sitting on a round place mat I picked up from Walmart so I can move it around the table without scratching it.
Then above the dining table, there's a little built in shelf at the end of the kitchen cabinets. The shelves aren't tall enough to put books on, so I have two owls on the top shelf, a little plant on the middle shelf, and the Willow Creek Angels my mom has been giving me every year since I started college.
I probably spend the majority of my time in the living room. I decided to go with blues and whites in this room, matching with the Van Gogh
If you saw the tour of my old apartment, the mirror and clock will be familiar. The two framed word art pieces I got at the dollar store for less than $5 (for both!). If you're curious, the one above the mirror says "Wish, hope, dream, and then make it happen," and the one below the clock says "Live every moment, laugh every day, love beyond words." Super cute sayings and I like the fonts and swirls they use, too.
Then in the corner I have the antique chair I've had for a few year in my dorms. It's a comfy chair, but it's a mauve color that just doesn't match, so I put this fleece gray blanket on top to cover it. Since this chair is mostly for extra seating, I keep two pillows on it plus a cat plushie (that looks like Marie from Aristocrats and is as close as I'm getting to a furry pet for a year or two).
Now for the best spot, the couch! I was lucky enough to get this from my mom along with the TV and TV stand also in the living room. It's really great to be able to get furniture from family or friends when moving into a new place because furniture is so expensive (on top of the costs of moving into a new place, start up costs, getting internet, and whatever else). Anyways, you'll see I made this spot pretty cozy with pillows and a soft blanket. Perfect for when you feel a nap coming on while watching a movie.
You made it through the tour! I hope you liked seeing the rest of my apartment and hopefully I didn't bore you too much. This space is probably a better example than my bedroom of how I was able to combine old and new pieces in my pieces. As I actually counted up how many items I bought for the apartment, only 12 pieces were new and they were low cost items (like pillows and cheap side tables).
What do you think of my apartment? How do you decorate your home on a budget? Let me know in the comments!
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