apartment sneak peek + fall decor inspo

I hope y’all are ready for a very picture-heavy post because I’m finally giving y’all a sneak peek into my apartment now that it’s started to look a little more like a home! It’s still in need of some furniture and accent pieces here and there, but I’m really happy with how it’s starting to turn out. I’m a lover of pretty much all things white farmhouse-esque. I just love how cozy and homey it looks, and the all the bright whites and neutrals just look and feel so clean – even if it does mean more upkeep to make sure it continues to look that way.

I started out with completely bare bones when it came to furniture and decor. My parents handed down their old couch since they were planning on getting a new one, and they were kind enough to buy me my mattress when I first moved in. Other than that, I had a rug, a cubby shelf, a moon chair I’ve had since high school, and some wall decor. It was better than nothing but I looked at everything I had and all the holes of space that needed to be filled in in the apartment and I was clueless at where to even start. I knew I needed to start getting furniture, but if y’all know me, y’all know I’m on a budget.

The first thing I took care of was my closet. I really wasn’t in the mood for spending money on a dresser – but more than that, I really didn’t want to deal with the pain of moving it out whenever my time at this apartment is over. So instead, I bought various storage bins and a couple 30-packs of velvet hangers and figured out a different way to store my clothes.

hangers | rubber storage baskets | fabric storage bins

Note to self: get rid of some of those t-shirts lol. But overall, this solution cost me about $50-60. So my clothing items are less concealed, but it’s going to be easier to move out and it was cheaper than buying a whole dresser!

Then I finally started to get some stuff up on the walls. This is where it started to feel homey.

couch (similar) | rug | fuzzy pillow | cubby shelf | fabric bins | wall shelf (similar) | planters | “hello” | faux thistle | keurig

I was pretty proud of how this turned out. All of this was stuff I already had, so it gave me some space to add my knick-knacks. And I spray painted the collage frame with a chiffon chalk paint and gave the pictures a much needed update. I’ve had that frame since high school, probably, and brought it back to Oklahoma with me when I found it in my old closet at my parent’s house. It was originally black, but I’m just I just really liked the idea of it being off-white. Paint and I have been incredibly good friends during this process lol.

And now for my first furniture transformation. Thank goodness for my mom that comes into town and encourages me to check out Goodwill and Habitat for Humanity resale stores because while it can be hit or miss on if you find anything that fits what you have in mind, it can also be a gold mine and for a fraction of the cost than brand new furniture. I managed to find a bookshelf that now serves as a TV stand in my bedroom. All it took was some sandpaper and half a can of chalk paint to get the look I envisioned! The whole project cost less than $50.

There are still spots that need to be filled in terms of decorations on the shelf, but since the only other furnishing in my room is a bed and a mirror (which I spray painted a sage green), my bedroom definitely feels a lot cozier and looks less cell-like. I got the fake plant and fairy lights from Home Goods, and the books from Habitat for Humanity. The fall decorations are a combination of Hobby Lobby + hand-me-down decor from my momma!

I had a similar process with my kitchen table. I found a table on Facebook Marketplace for $30 and used the remaining chalk paint from my bookshelf project and, ta-da!

And last but not least, I guess I’m becoming a “plant mom” or something.I live in an older apartment complex so who knows what the air quality is like. While I was scrolling Twitter I came across a thread of indoor plants that help purify the air. I’m sure this is well-known, but I’m so oblivious to a lot of things, but I wanted to try and start adding some greenery into my space anyway. I went to my local plant nursery (seriously one of my happy places!) and got a ZZ Plant and Mother-In-Law’s Tongue – at least, I think that’s what they’re called. I feel kind of bored by the idea of terracotta pots, but I came across a project on TikTok I wanted to try out. I got some glass vases from Walmart (I definitely could have found some for cheaper at Dollar Tree or Goodwill if there was one more conveniently located to me at the time) and some neutral acrylic paints. I dumped the paints into some solo cups, slowly added baking soda to them until I got a good consistency, and painted the vases – I just love that the vases had more dynamic shapes, and that the baking soda + paint gives them a faux ceramic look!

That’s about it for now! I’m enjoying making my apartment feel homier and giving it a comfortable and cozy vibe. As much as I would have loved to be able to have everything I needed right off the bat, I kind of love that everything I’m getting is unique to me and the time and effort I put into it. Arlyn’s certainly still managing to get his daily zoomies in by running back and forth between my bedroom and the office (which still has a lot of work to be done to it, so I’ll save it for another post!)

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