Before and After Home Update with GE Lighting

Since moving into our studio apartment in Seattle, we have been very aware that this a temporary space. Unlike our apartment in Chicago where we quickly mass purchased furniture that fit specifically for the designated space and spent time hanging pictures and fixtures, we have been extremely conservative with the impact we make on this new apartment and subsequently our wallets by opting to lean instead of hang pictures and to make conscious not impulsive purchases (invest when necessary, frugal when temporary). This week we finally spruced up the desk/nightstand/dressing area with a few storage, lighting, and decor updates. Here is the highly embarrassing before picture:

APTUpdate-3We knew immediately that we would inevitably need to purchase a desk or table to hold the desktop computer and for a place to blog/photoshop/etc but weren’t ready to commit to something that might not fit or be necessary in our next place so of course we headed to IKEA for a solution. Although this is technically a sofa table (painted turquoise) we liked the narrowness and length and that it could easily double as a nightstand and in the future possibly as an entry or sofa table. However, the clutter of miscellaneous necessities covering it was too much to handle anymore (as you can see), the bar stool was uncomfortably tall to sit at for long hours, and the dog kennel and steamer were unnecessarily out for who knows why.

APTUpdate-5Simply storing the steamer and dog kennel, unpacking bags, and finally making those pesky returns as well as adding a basket for storage of extra blankets and computer accessories minimized the clutter immediately to the point of having room to store my new Frye boots safely and upright (we have limited closet space). New GE reveal halogen lighting and a larger mirror make the space seem brighter and bigger (not to mention it saves me from standing on the bathroom counter to see what my outfit truly looks like) and our new padded footstool/ottoman makes hours at the computer bearable. We still have a few updates to add (a picture frame for that picture, this art leaning behind those books, a vase for my new plant, jewelry dish, and this pretty book) but wanted to share our gradual apartment progress. What do we think? Any decorating ideas or tips?

APTUpdate-4APTUpdate-8must have chewy candy nearby at all times | favorite reminder | new madewell rings | lamp

APTUpdate-6storage | photography and food inspiration | boots

APTUpdate-7coasters on hand | the perfect long necklace

APTUpdate-9BeforeAfter3Before and After Lighting Makeover with GE Reveal 75W Halogen Bulbs.
I was amazed at how a simple change in a light bulb made the space brighter and more inviting, not to mention this new bulb keeps the room from appearing yellow allowing the true colors of the furniture and decor stand out. Get yours at your local Target and make a simple update to your space this weekend with just the turn of a bulb.

GEBulb**Although I received the bulbs free of charge from GE Lighting, the opinions stated above are completely my own**

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What I Want // Our Studio Apartment

Over four months have passed since we moved into our smallest living space since getting married over five years ago. Sharing 400 square feet and one closet between two people and two dogs has proven challenging, but with the addition of some creative storage space and downsizing of unnecessary clothing and knickknacks we are finally feeling comfortably at home in our new studio. Although we just traded in our travel towels for a real bath mat and plush full-sized towels, we have purchased a few items (this headboard and dresser) and are hoping to add a few more decor items in the near future, while using the pricier items below as DIY inspiration in our teal, navy, white, and gold color palette.

StudioApartmentHeadboard | Duvet | Lamp | Coasters | Dresser | Rug | Pillows | Print | Knob | Chair

Friday Five // New Apt Decor

We have officially been in our new Seattle apartment for three weeks (!!!) and although the decorating progress has been slow there fortunately have been a few choices made such as a color palette, room layout, and the purchase of this headboard. With less than 420 square feet of space in our entire studio we have decided to forgo a couch/living room setup for more of a bedroom layout that we felt would be more useful to us now (who really wants to pull a sleeper sofa out every night?) and in the future (guest bedroom) as opposed to another couch. Of course I wanted to share a few of our inspiration photos and request some much needed help and opinions: have you ever had to decorate a studio space? How did you set it up? Any space saving tips? What do you think of our navy/white/turquoise color palette? Think we should through in another pop of color somehow? Can’t wait to share the big and small details as we begin to pull the place together! Have an amazing weekend everyone!

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Wrapping Presents

Once you finish all that exhausting Christmas shopping, the fun part begins: wrapping presents!  Grab a glass bottle of wine and try one or all of these six DIY gift wrapping ideas to spruce up your holiday gifts, show off your craftiness, and minimize your cost of purchasing rolls and rolls of store-bought paper by re-purposing items around your house!

Attach holiday berries, pine cones, holly, or twigs to re-purpose brown paper bags or store-bought craft paper into beautifully dressed wrapping paper

KraftWrappingDecorate boxes with ribbon and small figurines

RoundBoxesCreate sweet holiday gift tags from leftover red and green candies

CandyGiftTagsCozy up your presents with those old wool sweaters

SweaterGiftStamp on your favorite design in any pattern

StampedLeftover yarn or string?  Turn it into a design and use in lieu of ribbon

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Bar Carts

Take inspiration from these five gorgeous liquor carts/cabinets/tables and dress up your cocktail corner this holiday season.

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