Part I: Living Room and Kitchen
I have been both waiting and wanting to write this post forever! Last February, I moved apartments, and since then I have been on a mission to decorate it! I am a creative at heart, and have been waiting to have my own place to design how I want for as long as I can remember. Even as a kid, I saved my allowance for months to buy things for my room. I am very much a homebody, and so it was very important to me to create a space that was both beautiful and functional.
It is no secret that furnishing and decorating takes a lot of money. I am a college student on a budget, so completing each room takes a lot of time. I also have a very specific taste and like to wait until I find exactly the right pieces to compile my vision. Over the past six months I went from having just a bed and one rug, to having a fully furnished kitchen and living room (yay!!). It has been so much fun working on what feels like a home project to me, and I am excited to share how I did it.
1. I started with the basics.
First things first: I had to get the essentials. For my living room that meant a couch, and for my kitchen that meant dishes, cookware, silverware, and basic appliances such as a blender and toaster. If you live pretty much anywhere, but Alaska or Hawaii, the best place to look for these items would be IKEA. Being in Hawaii, there is unfortunately no IKEA, and things are quite expensive so this was a challenge.
I purchased my couch for a great deal on Facebook Marketplace, which is what I would recommend to those of you who are trying to save money. My University also has a Facebook group for students buying and selling items, and your most likely does too. This is a great tool for finding items for cheap from students that are graduating or transfering.
For my basic kitchen stuff, I turned to Target, Amazon Ross, Marshalls, and TJ Maxx. I was able to get almost everything I needed to cook and eat for very cheap from these stores. Here are a few basics to help get your started:
- Target plastic cups, bowls, and plates ($0.79/each)
- 18 Pack Hangers ($2.00)
- Microwave ($59.99, Prime Shipping)
- 8 Piece Towel Set ($25.99)
2. I added color.
Once I got all the basics I needed to live and cook comfortably, I then turned to making things look better. My apartment has white walls, AND white floors, so I really wanted to add some color. My favorite color is turquoise, and so I decided to look for accent pieces, like rugs, pillows, frames, and blankets.
Here are a few things I have in my apartment right now:
Woven Rug 5×7, Indigo ($69.99)
Vintage Area Rug 4×6, Blue ($30.74)
Velvet Floor Cushion, Teal ($33.24)
Shelf Floor Lamp (2), Light Wood ($59.99)
Abstract Wall Canvas ($54.90)
3. I added photos.
It was very important to me to have some of my own photos on the wall, so I decided to make a gallery wall. I purchased all of my frames at Ross and Marshalls for very cheap, then printed them at Walgreens and on Amazon Photos. Since I am in an apartment, I cannot make holes in the wall, so I used large command strips to hang all of them.
4. I accessorized!
This was definitely my favorite part, as I enjoy the treasure hunt of looking for the things that make up the details! Again, I shopped at Target, Ross, Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Costco, World Market, and Kirklands.
Accessory ideas: Books, candles (2 3-wick candles for $20 at pier 1), games, diffusers, etc.
5. I used my storage as decoration.
Though I have quite a bit of cabinet space, my kitchen is still relatively small. I am an avid coffee and tea drinker, so I wanted to have my own little bar for my Keurig. While scouring pinterest looking for organizational ideas, I became obsessed with storing food in jars. I love the look of making your storage decoration.
I purchased a bunch of glass jars with copper lids from Ross, and put Pasta, rice, hemp seeds, chia seeds, nutritional yeast, gluten-free flour, and more in them. All of my baking staples were now in one place, and looked amazing.
I later bought a large shelf ($129.99) and used that to store my jars. This Summer I also came across a Veranda Magazine, which showcased Grey’s Anatomy Star Ellen Pompeo’s amazing kitchen. This is when my copper obsession really grew: she stored all of her pots and pans in plain sight (storage as decoration again!) and they looked BEAUTIFUL!
I loved the copper pans because they gave her kitchen a very Moroccan, bohemian feel that i just adore. I put copper pans on my wishlist, and sure enough Amazon Prime Day came and I was able to purchase a 9-Piece set for half off!
Copper, turquoise, and wood quickly became my color scheme, and I sought out EVEN MORE copper because I am just so obsessed with the combo of turquoise and copper. When I was home for Summer I went to one of my favorite places that they do not have in Hawaii: World Market. If I could summarize my decorating style in one store, it would without a doubt be World Market. They too seemed to share my obsession with copper; I ended up buying everything they had during a fourth of July sale, and shipping it home to myself in Hawaii.
I ended up having an entire kitchen shelf with this theme: two shelves dedicated to my love of coffee, one as a bar, one for utensils and tea, and the last for all of my jars. I think it’s safe to say this is my favorite part of my kitchen.
If you are as obsessed with this theme as me, here are a few items to get you started:
Copper faceted Glasses (Set of 4/$23.96)
Mini Copper Kettle ($34.99)
Measuring Cups ($9.99)
Tea Storage Box ($19.99)
Ice bucket ($19.99)
Volcana Flutes ($12.99)
I am currently working on my bathroom and bedroom, so there will be a part II to this post eventually, but for now feel free to follow me on Pinterest for more home inspiration!