I am crossing my fingers that you're not tired of seeing our apartment yet. When I draft up these posts and take the pictures, I come away thinking everything is just so...beige. Making a rental sweet and homey is a process, and we are not all the way there yet.
There are some small things here that are breaking up the color-less walls, though, and helping the place feel warm while we're still making progress. So when Jenna asked me to continue a 'virtual home tour' of sorts, I thought that a tour of the small things would be a fun spin.
If you want to piece this together with the rest of our apartment, see a fuller tour here!
Entrance: Print by Naptime Diaries, frame & hook from Target.
I'm in love with this print, and I love having those words right by our front door as we go in and out. Our entrance is really just the tiniest hallway that opens right into the kitchen, but it still felt important to dress it up a bit.
Kitchen: Cookbook Stand, Crate & Barrel.
To be fair, what I really love here is that high ledge - it's just above the sink, and it separates the kitchen from the dining area. In a small kitchen, that ledge has been a huge help. It's not additional counter-space, really, but it's at a perfect height for a physical cookbook, recipes on a computer, or for miscellaneous things (like a fruit basket) that we don't want to take up space somewhere else.
And that cookbook stand? It was a wedding gift from my brother's girlfriend, and it's absolutely perfect for that corner. For two people who love good food, it's nice to always have a recipe book open...and plus, it makes us look more legit when we have friends over ;)
Dining Room: Platter, handmade.
I've told you how talented my in-laws are, right? Steve's parents have both done pottery for years, and they made this platter for us as a shower gift. I was floored when I opened it, and I still think it's absolutely stunning. This platter is too pretty for just about anything, so we have it at the center of our hand-me-down dining room table.
Bedroom: Nightstand Shelf, Threshold by Target
As newlyweds, most of our furniture is pieced together from here and there - except for our bedroom furniture. My mom was in the High Point Furniture Market circle for years, and she found this bedroom suite for me long before I even went to college. The set is all black, with classic & clean lines. It was never college furniture, but it's been in a few different houses with me once I moved to Charlotte. And for Steve & I together? It's perfect.
The only problem, though, is that the set had just one nightstand. So? We got a little creative. In less than twenty minutes, we installed this $20 shelf at nightstand-level on the blank side of the bed...and I loved the result! The shelf is just enough space to hold a phone and a book, and it takes up significantly less space than a full nightstand would. It's probably my "most proud" of the apartment right now ;)
Those are my 'small things' for now, but I know there will be more to come! What makes a new space feels homey to you?
This post was part of a home-tour - see Jenna's tour from last week here!