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August 11, 2015
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A Sweet Starter Home

My daughter is moving off campus this year which means (for me) an opportunity to ditch an old couch that a charitable organization refused to pick up, offload a bunch of mismatched glassware, and a George Foreman grill that never made it out of the box. The idea of sprucing up her apartment is appealing, but I’m not sure I’ll be asked. A friend told me about a young woman who just finished renovating her first apartment. I thought she could share some tips for decorating on a budget, so we rushed right over. WOW! For a twenty-something, this lovely gal has a surprisingly mature and consistent style, with most pieces from the likes of Target, Ikea and Home Goods. And with some help from her parents (her dad is a talented carpentry hobbiest), she turned her one bedroom condo into something I’d move into in a nano-second.

A young professional, just starting out, she searched for the perfect apartment for a year before happening on a condo in a historic mansion.  While the one-bedroom was in need of an update, it retained many original features, from floor to ceiling windows with shutters, to original heavy banisters, and a wide stairway leading up to the second level bedroom. She fell hard; and got down to business, ripping up seven different kinds of flooring (replaced with surprisingly elegant vinyl plank), gutting the kitchen, repainting the entire space in a variety of soothing and pale shades of gray (Benjamin Moore Gray Sky, Smoke and White Wisp) and tucking extra storage into every available nook and cranny.  Colors were kept to a minimum for a unified effect, and furnishings are mainly white accessorized with navy blue. Family pieces (like the pineapple chandelier below) were given a fresh coat of paint, bestowing a sweet bit of history on her fresh new pad. Well done!

 

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Dining Room with Target chairs.

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Kitchen mainly from Home Depot

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Ikea furnishings in the living room, with original pocket floor to ceiling windows.

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A well organized closet.

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Amanda’s peaceful bedrooom.

 

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