Apartment Finds: Ottomans

My apartment has definitely come together in a lot of ways over the last few months! I love how homey it feels when I walk in the door. But I’ve also learned that decorating is a constant work in progress, I don’t think I’ll ever feel like it’s finished. I am always thinking of new things I want to do in my space (that also falls within my budget!) The next thing on my apartment list is a new ottoman. Right now I have this old pink cube from college that doubles as extra storage (a necessity in any tiny NYC apartment!). Unfortunately it is starting to fall apart and the pink isn’t exactly as bright or clean as it used to be. In an effort to update my apartment aesthetic (and storage!), I decided to search for a few new options. Here are my favorites so far!

Screen Shot 2016-02-27 at 6.38.02 PMMerritt Storage Ottoman

Keeping with a navy blue theme, this pattern is a great pair for my brown faux leather couch.

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Newtown Storage Ottoman

I love the shelf beneath this ottoman. I can store all my favorite coffee table books without getting in the way of putting my feet up. It also comes in a cute floral pattern that could work too!

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Anne Skirted Storage Ottoman

I am clearly a fan of patterns! I can’t get enough of this skirted option.

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Round Tufted Storage Ottoman

Something a little bit more simple.

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Water Hyacinth Storage Ottoman

This option could pair nicely with the wicker baskets in my IKEA Shelving Unit!

Screen Shot 2016-02-27 at 6.43.20 PMJohn Robshaw Garson Square Ottoman

I just thought this one was pretty cute 🙂

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Classic Collection Vintage Script Fabric Round Storage Ottoman

This one reminded me of a postcard!

For my space, I am clearly looking to incorporate navy! Since my curtains and bedding have touches of navy, I want to make sure my ottoman doesn’t feel out of place. The great thing is that there are plenty of options out there! I don’t think I’ve found a winner yet, but I’m not giving up.

How to Make Your Apartment a Home

I’ve been living in my studio for a little over 5 months and it is finally coming together! I know, I know, I’ve said that before, but this time I really mean it! Back in December (before the holidays!) my family came to the city, bringing with them all the big furniture I’ve been acquiring over the last few months. They hung up my curtains and artwork and any other random “handy man” help I needed. These little tweaks have truly made a world of difference in my space and I am so excited with how it is all coming together. Now my apartment feels less like a dorm room and more like a home. One thing I’ve learned from these changes is that it really doesn’t take much to make your space feel more homey.


My home improvement elves helping me make my apartment into a home!

Curtains, curtains, curtains

This was the true game changer for my space. Once my dad hung up my navy curtains, it actually felt like a home. Adding a pop of blue to the walls brought the room together in a way I had not anticipated. Plus, they are the blackout kind of curtains so I am guaranteed a good nights sleep without street lights invading my apartment.

Display your art

Such a simple task, but makes a very big difference. I asked my parents to bring a piece of work that my godmother made me and has been hanging in my childhood room for the last 20+ years. Since I have two large windows, I decided to hang the piece right in between and it looks absolutely beautiful. It is one of the first things I see when I walk in the door, and I love it.

Show off your reading list

Books are a great way to add color and style to a space without breaking the bank. I have hundreds of books in my personal collection and I love displaying what I’m currently reading. Although I’ll admit, I am constantly rearranging my books, still attempting to master “bookshelf styling”. Every few days I rearrange my favorite knick knacks amongst the latest stack of books I’m reading which is a simple way to freshen up my space.

Nails over hooks

In college, I used command hooks to hang everything from towels to picture frames. Now, I am starting to realize the visual impact that a large white command hook has vs. a nail. I like how streamlined my walls looks with less bulky command hooks. Another simple switch that makes me feels less like I am in college.

Out with the old

Okay now before you think I mean buy a $500 couch and $400 bookshelf, stop yourself. I brought TONS of things from my parents house and items I used in my college dorm rooms to my apartment. However, I quickly realized some had seen their better day. I had a green butterfly chair for 5+ years and lets just say it was starting to fall apart. Moving to my studio put me in the position of balancing between old and new, constantly asking myself what’s worth the investment and what’s not. I knew that I needed a new couch and did tons of research before landing on my beloved brown faux leather loveseat.

Add a little green

I’ve mentioned this before, back when I lived in a very dark (basically basement apartment!), plants make a HUGE difference. I absolutely love having plants in my apartment and just bought a few more to include in my space. I have a floor plant a few smaller floral plants and am on the hunt for a couple more smaller options. Arranging them in my bookshelf, my bathroom, and even on the little side table when I first walk in the door adds the perfect amount of color.

Bring pieces of home

I asked my parents to bring quite a few things from their home to me. Although this is my first apartment on my own and I am starting fresh in many ways, I did want a few favorite pieces from home. This includes my godmother’s artwork, my classic Nancy Drew books from my childhood, and a watercolor skyline I made in elementary school. While “spring cleaning” my parent’s house over the holidays I came across tons of hidden gems that I completely forgot about. These touches from my past make my apartment feel more like a home, one filled with memories.

If there is one thing I have learned throughout this process is that it takes time to make a house a home. For someone who likes immediate results and quick changes, this has been a good test of my patience. That being said, I’ve learned that I am capable of many of those “handy man” tasks that I used to shy away from. I just hung up two different things on my own, and the feeling of accomplishment afterwards was awesome. Although there are many things I still want to do to my apartment (my dress rack is almost falling over and many of my clothes are still in plastic bins) it is slowly but surely getting there. I cannot wait to do an apartment reveal in the coming months to show off the place I now call home!

What are ways you have found to make your house a home? Anything I missed?

Apartment Finds: Bookshelves

I’m back again with my latest apartment finds! I recently bought a bookshelf that I will use for both storage and as a sort of dividing wall in my studio. This weekend my parents and brother came up to visit me in the city to help me assemble a few new furniture pieces, including my bookshelf! Before I landed on this one, I found quite a few other options that could have worked!

Screen Shot 2015-12-05 at 11.27.00 AMHadley Bookshelf, Blue – One Kings Lane

Screen Shot 2015-12-05 at 11.22.11 AMMid- Century Display Shelf – West Elm

Screen Shot 2015-12-05 at 11.23.44 AMBaxton Studio Tilson Modern Bookshelf – My Habit

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Designs2Go 66.14″ Ladder Bookcase – Wayfair

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Coppar 71″ Bookcase – Wayfair

Screen Shot 2015-12-05 at 11.31.18 AM3 Tier Corner Shelf  31.5” Bookcase – Wayfair

So there you have it, my latest apartment finds! Are you on the hunt for any home decor pieces? Now that I have my bookshelf/make shift wall, I am excited to showcase my favorite decor! Any tips on bookshelf styling?

Apartment Finds: Accent Chairs

As I scour home decor websites in the hopes of finding the jackpot piece for my studio apartment, I have stumbled upon tons of great options! There are so many amazing pieces out there, but often times the size or price just doesn’t work for me. So instead of buying everything that catches my eye, I thought I would post regular updates on my latest apartment finds! Today? Accent chairs!

I have been on the hunt for a great accent chair pretty much since the moment I moved into my studio. I have been dreaming about a bright and colorful accent chair that could double as a desk chair. The only problem is…well I don’t even know if I can fit a desk in my apartment at this point! I am waiting for my new loveseat (SO excited about this one!) to be delivered and I am planning to rearrange a little bit. Once I have a better sense of the space following my biggest purchase to date, I will see if I can actually include an accent chair. Fingers crossed! In the meantime, I thought I’d round up the accent chairs that caught my eye!

Screen Shot 2015-11-15 at 10.40.03 AMKira Accent Chair, Pink/Multi – One Kings Lane

I’m pretty sure I fell in love the moment I saw this chair! I love the use of color and it feels like me. The only downside is that my apartment already has LOTS of color in it and again I’m not sure if I could make it work (size wise) in my space. It also comes in a variety of styles like this, a slipper chair, and a side chair, that could be a great option for my tiny kitchen table.

Screen Shot 2015-11-15 at 10.45.30 AMDwell Home Marlow Accent Chair with Bardot Upholstery – Bed Bath & Beyond

A touch of blue is always a great addition to a space. I like that it adds color but is not necessarily in your face the moment you see it. It would be a calm way to add more color to a room. This style also comes in grey and red for variety.

Screen Shot 2015-11-15 at 10.48.06 AMMadison Park Alexis Trellis Accent Chair – Kohls

For all the navy lovers out there, this accent chair is perfect for any apartment! And it’s currently on sale…win!

Screen Shot 2015-11-15 at 10.54.02 AMKabani Accent Chair – dot & Bo

I kind of LOVE this chair. If I didn’t already order my beautiful leather loveseat, I would be seriously considering this option for my studio. It is completely different than my typical style but I think that’s why I am so drawn to it, I like to keep things interesting! Also, leather is a nice way to add variety to a space that is filled with lots of similar furniture!

Screen Shot 2015-11-15 at 10.54.33 AMAberdeen Accent Chair – dot & Bo

Okay so this one might seem a little out there, and maybe it’s my slight obsession with fall talking, but this plaid chair is really beautiful. I think it would be a great piece for a cozy corner, add a warm cashmere blanket, and it would be perfection. It also comes in three other plaid shades!

So there you have it, my latest apartment finds! Are you on the hunt for any home decor pieces?