Studio Small Reading Area

I’ve been bored with my apartment lately so I decided to move things around. Here is what I came up with:

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I organized the books in the bookshelf by color, used a big basket with a serving tray on top for an end table and put fireworks in a vase. That wooden thing on the wall is a bar sign for my wedding! I need to make a seperate post about that later.

Apartment Decorating: A Few of My Favorite Things So Far

I have a few little areas in this apartment that I have created that I am very proud of! I thought I would share them.

 

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I had been feeling like the sink area was just too dark sometimes for my bad eyes, so I installed these! They are $20 from Lowes and so worth it. The LEDs definitely help my bad eyes. Yes, I know. Poor little boring, sad wall. I think I should hang my cutting board from there. If I do, I will be sure to add a post!

 

 

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I am so proud of this area! It is my homemade bar. I bought the old rake off Etsy, the old window off Ebay, and the little glass shelf from Marshalls for about $60. The most difficult part was making the rake hang at the right tilt so that the glasses wouldn’t fall off. I’m sure you noticed that the biggest glass on the right is hanging funny. That was because on of the tines was bent. I think it looks just as cute like that.  Oh, and I tied a bow of twine around the top of the rake.
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I really started getting into about a year ago. When I knew I was going to get a studio apartment, I did a bunch of research and learned the obvious trick – mirrors add more light to your small space and are supposed to make it feel bigger. So I knew I was going to need to have a mirror or two. And I liked the way this one looks like a window and the dark wood. It goes with my whole rustic feel pretty well. It was around $10 from Walmart. I lovvee the sunflower. It was a gift from my younger sister. So cute!

 

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The craft office! Sorry about the messiness of this picture. It was the only one I had and it is WAY messier now so no picture taking today. I love this area though. I am SO SO proud of it! Yes, more mirrors! It helps me jeep my crafting supplies out of the rest of the house, gives me an ‘office’ to do my crafts in! I love sitting down in here and crafting. And of course, little spaces like this make the studio apartment seem so much more spacious!

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This is one of those cheap wall mount shelves. On the underside of it are four jars with the lids hot glued to the shelf. The biggest one is a spaghetti sauce jar, then a peanut butter jar, and then two artichoke jars, one bigger, one smaller. It is the perfect way to display all your pretty sequins, beads, glitter and paint. And it also gives you easy access to all your supplies, rather than keeping them in boxes you have to dig through. Storage like this also makes use of the small closet area.

 

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I have all my ribbons hanging on this rigged-up contraption I made out of an extra metal tube that I didn’t need from a shower caddy and a piece of twine. I save everything that I think could possibly be useful which allows me to build crazy things like this! The only problem I foresee is when I move in with my fiance he will probably call me a hoarder at least once or twice. But I swear I’m not!

 

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The only piece of art I have hanging up that wasn’t made by me! It is a picture of the Mackinaw bridge. I love this picture! And the mirror is kind of like art. It was from Target.

 

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I know what you’re thinking: Why did you post this picture? Because these plain, empty shelf tops make me sad and bored by my kitchen. I need to figure out a way to make this a whole lot cuter. Oh, and it is also Peanut’s secret sleeping place/play area.  I will be doing some research and posting again when I figure out how to make this area cute!