Post # 1
Like how is your apartment set up? Furniture, decorations, layout, etc? Inside, outside, etc.
Also, what size is your place, how many bedrooms, square footage, etc. And how much is your rent?
Sorry to be so nosy but SO and I are looking at apartments if I get a job. There is one that I really like. 2 bedroom, 2 bath, $1150 per month. 1300 square feet. I realized earlier that if we end up getting this apartment, I have no idea how SO and I would decorate! Or even what our furniture would look like. We will literally be starting from scratch if we get this place.
So bees, I’m curious. What does your apartment look like? Feel free to add pictures, if you’re comfortable, of course.
Post # 3
@LadyBlackheart: wow $1150 for a 1300sf 2BR apt?! i wish i could get that here!
I pay $1200/mo for a 1 BR, nkt sure of the sf
I will take some pix later and post them. I love our apartment though. Its super cozy and we did a lot of work to grt our apartment the way it is. It was fun though
Post # 4
@Daizy914: Lol, I was thinking the other end of the spectrum. Here that would pay for a luxury apartment easily- SO and I can find a decent place to live with 2 or maybe 3 rooms for $500 no problem!
SO and I are still living with my parents though, so unfortunately I don’t have a lot of advice for you OP besides thrift shops will be your best friend! So what if your living room set doesn’t perfectly match? You can find some really neat stuff, especially if you’re on a budget.
Post # 5
@ForeverBirds: Exactly lol. The aforementioned apartment we’re looking at is definitely on the luxury side. Which is why we love it lol.
But yeah, we’ll definitely check out thrift shops and the like. I was just trying to think of ideas 🙂
Post # 6
My roommate and I split rent on an $820/mo 2 bedroom (though my walk-in closet that I don’t use could count for a tiny emergency bedroom), one bath, 850 sq feet.
One dining room table, a coffee table, a piano, a couch, a side table and a tv we never use. I recommend curtains. Also. our place is messy as all get out, but it’s finals week and we’re both sitting here eating frozen desserts out of the containers. 🙂
Post # 7
We have a two bedroom duplex, but it’s only about 850 squre feet. I have every bit of space being used. Haha
I like color, we own a lot so keeping this place tiny is beyond hard!
Oh, I should mention we don’t pay much for this place, 250$ all utilites except heat included. My father owns it, so we are insanely lucky!
Post # 8
OP, I think you’ll like this blog http://intentionallysmall.com/
It showcases apartments in the NC area and has really great ideas
Unfortunately as I am in Manhattan, we pay $2K for a 450-sq ft space and it is just tiny! The layout isn’t all that great either… so no pictures from me. If it weren’t for our great location, I’d move right now!
Post # 9
@LadyBlackheart: FI and I rent out of an apartment complex, but what we have is really a townhouse. We were trying to find an apartment, but we wanted three bedrooms and it had to be on the first floor because we have an 80 pound dog who can get a little hyperactive so we’d feel pretty bad for someone living below us. Anyway, we have three beds, two and a half baths, two floors, and a garage. We decided to go with three bedrooms because then FI could have his mancave and I could have my home office. We tend to decorate stuff in a way that it looks like its very natural. Lots of green, flowers, birds, etc. Very subtle colors, nothing loud.
Post # 10
@LadyBlackheart: The only idea I have that I think is great for small homes is don’t forget about over the door storage. I have one of those over the door shoe organizers and it holds everything: make up, perfume, lotions, travel bottles, nail polish, hair accessories…. It’s great cause in our house, we have one itty bitty bathroom with pretty much no storage or counter space.
Post # 11
- Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX
We’re in a trendy area of Dallas and pay $1120 for a 750 sq ft 1 bedroom apartment. We could get a nicer and/or cheaper apt if we left the area but we love being in an area that has lots of great shops and restaurants in walking distance. Our apt is actually about $150 cheaper than the other apts of the same model in the building because our window faces a wall lol. I wish we had more natural light, but for the savings per month it’s worth it.
The one thing I wish we had is more closet and storage space in the kitchen!
Post # 12
If you are starting from scratch, maybe you can check out some magazines or catalogues for inspiration. Ikea? West Elm? Dwell?
Post # 13
we pay $1650 for a 2br/1 bath and it is about 1000 sq feet. maybe. i think. it is completely remodeled so it’s nice that we have hardwood floors, crown molding, and granite countertops with LOTS of cabinet space in the kitchen! we just moved in a couple months ago so i’m still putting everything together. although we are renting, i did paint all the walls and rooms even though they were freshly painted. i painted the living room a light grey, the dining area a crisp and clean blue, and the bedrooms all white. however, the all white was becoming a little too hospital like, so i am painting the one wall that our bed is against a dark grey for an accent wall. i like muted colors with bright pops so i get a lot of my accessories from anthropologie (my bank account hates me) and i like ikea for furniture! here is my picture spam.
details on our tv stands that look like old school lockers.
our hospital looking bedroom but soon to be transformed!
our hallway when we were moving in and just finished painting
one more shot of our all white bedroom but now has some added pieces such as white nightstands with glass details. and this print which i highly suggest! http://www.super-rural.com/products/soft-grey
NOT PICTURED IS MY AWESOME BRIGHT ORANGE WING CHAIR THAT I LOVE SO MUCH! 😀
Post # 14
@LadyBlackheart: $1750 + utilities (about $70/month) for 500 square feet:
- 1 bedroom (fits dresser, double size bed, 2 side tables)
- 1 bathroom (with stacked wash and dryer)
- long rectangular living space (kitchen + island on one end; wall of windows + balcony + living room on other end)
Renting means that you need to make your space your own without renovating/doing anything substantial. For us, we painted from a light beige to Benjamin Moore “revere pewter” (a really nice light grey), and we have a lot of art work on the wall.
Our sectional sofa is the type that has a convertible chaise. Getting convertible/versatile furniture is REALLY IMPORTANT because you want it to work for various spaces. For us, when we move, our sofa will still fit in the new space, either as a left or right sectional, or as a separate sofa and chair: http://www.eq3.com/ca/en/p25757/reverie-2piece-sectional-sofa-fabric
Some other renter decorating tips:
- We ordered a lot of prints off of Etsy, and commissioned some from artist friends. We framed them in IKEA Ribba frames that look really pretty and professional, but are super cheap.
- We switch out our throw pillows and throw blankets in the warm and cold seasons so we can switch things up without redecorating
- We have vertical blinds, but put up curtains as well. I stalked some fabric stores and waited for a sale before I swooped in and bought a lot of yardage! We have a full wall of floor to ceiling windows, so we needed a lot of panels. It makes the place feel more homey and personalized.
- We initially had a lot of hand me down furniture. It’s taken us three years, and we still haven’t replaced everything we want to. If you have any hand me downs, don’t rush out to buy things. Take your time, see what your needs are, and then buy!
- Do not spend a lot of money on one piece UNLESS it is something you can use in a variety of spaces. Example: we spent about $600 on a tv console, and it does does not work in our current space. Since it’s 3 years old, I don’t want to get rid of it, and selling it will not get me nearly enough. It seriously pains me to sell it and get another.
- If it is a piece that is versatile, spend money for a high quality item. Our first sofa only lasted 2 years. I was so upset! There’s only two of us and occasional guests. The sectional sofa we purchased has a 5 year no-questions-asked warranty, and we asked around to be certain that it will be a good product for the next 10 years (at least!).
I can’t think of anything else, but I’ve been renting for about 7 years now. I first lived with roommates during school, and after, FI and I moved in together. We’ve lived in two different apartments together, and will be moving again by next summer (hopefully somewhere less expensive!).
Post # 15
@oishiioishii: May I say, I LOVE YOUR STYLE!
Post # 16
@melonseeds: oh my gosh, someone that pays more than us for less space. Let’s start a “location is everything” club so we don’t feel so bad?