Meet My Apartment: Part 1

Today I’d like to introduce you to my apartment, my home, my sanctuary, “The Brown Abode” as my husband and I call it.

We browsed Zillow excitedly for months prior to settling on the vintage gem we now reside. Our place is clad with old fashioned radiators, original hardwood floors, hexagon bathroom tile, and just that charming vibe that I absolutely adore. As far as first apartments go, I couldn’t be happier or more blessed.

When we first got the apartment, it was empty and brimming with potential. However, 675 square feet has its challenges when it comes to storage. I’ve learned how to love “small living” and have embraced storage challenges with a creative mindset. Pictured below is our apartment when we first got it. All we had was our new couch and a vintage lamp refurbished by my father in law. But that natural light has me like 😍.


Over the course of a few blog posts, I want to share different spaces of our home and show you how we utilized even the smallest of spaces.

Today I’d like to show you our miniature “office.”


I find that this space is a welcoming work environment. Every item is very intentional to the theme. When creating any interior look, a theme and color pallet must be chosen. Here the theme is bright and elegant, and the color pallet is mint and gold. (We have carried the mint and gold color pallet throughout the apartment to give a sense of flow and continuity. You want each room to make sense together as a whole.)

Many of the gold items pictured are from Target. (I usually have to be restrained whenever I enter Target. Too much cute. Too much trendy. Ahhh!) I now have gold scissors as well, which are not pictured. As you see different rooms in my apartment, you will almost always find a plant in some corner, whether real or fake. Greenery/florals are a must. The desk lamp is from Ikea and the bulletin boards are simply embellished with scrapbook paper and various Pinterest pins.

Now about that desk and chair. The desk was an old gray desk Billy had for years and the chair was just your standard wood chair. So with the help of some mint and gold paint, this desk and chair went from drab to fab. The gold knobs added a hint of character and class.

The moral of the story is, almost anything can be transformed into something pretty and unique. An old, tired desk can be made beautiful. See the potential in things you already own, or perhaps go thrifting for a unique piece.

I hope you enjoyed the first glimpse into my little home. I’m off to make some green tea and curl up with a good book.

6 thoughts on “Meet My Apartment: Part 1

  1. I love this and cant wait to see more!! I am planning a bunch of home decor posts too so let’s follow each other and stay in touch! Small spaces always make me feel like I won the lotto when they are decorate just right. It is amazing what the right pieces in the right places are able to accomplish! Here is my what i want: bathroom edition post from a few months back http://paisleyrosie.com/2015/11/03/what-i-want-bathroom-edition/

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  2. Hi Julia, you did a great job with your home office! Freshly painted furniture looks amazing! Well done! In addition, did you think of painting pine frames into white or may be colour of your chair? It is just little mismatch to your modern look now but overall look is great indeed! 🙂

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