LIFESTYLE

My Small Apartment Tour (Before & After)

So a little over a year ago I posted a blog post called My First Apartment! Since then, I haven’t done an update. So here it is!

(I apologize in advance for the not so great pictures, I was not expecting to do a before and after) 

I finally was able to get my apartment to about 98% done. Because lets be honest, there’s always things I’m changing around and wanting to add. It took me so long because prior to my boyfriend and I moving in, a couple had been living there and the appearance of the apartment was far from my style. Not to mention, I decided to change what they had as their bedroom to our living room and switch what they had as their living room/dining room to our bedroom.  It just made more sense.

I started with a fresh coat of paint on every single wall including the bathroom.  I also added a striped accent wall in the living room, which again use to be their bedroom.

The accent wall I added (the edges still needed to be touched up) STRIPED WALL 1 After the fresh paint on all walls, the apartment already looked one hundred times better. It’s true what they say….paint really does wonders.  After the paint came more paint…that is  Rust-Oleum Tub And Tile Refinishing paint. Because I did not want to spend the money to get rid of the tiles in the bathroom, I decided to paint all the tiles white. A great quick fix for ugly outdated tiles.

The bathroom before regular paint & fresh paint on the tiles BETHROOM BEFORE 1 The bathroom after paint etc. bathroom 3 bathroom 2 The bedroom was the room that was done the fastest. After the paint, I just added some basic furniture and minimal decor pieces. Where they had their dining room set up, I changed it into a small “office like” area for my blogging/YouTube.

The before of their living room aka our new bedroom LIVING ROOM BEFORE 1 LIVING ROOM BEFORE 3 The after of where they had the TV bedroom 1 The after of where they had their dining room set bedroom 2 I did decorate a little more in this area because again this is my work desk/beauty area etc.

Before I get to my favorite room in the apartment lets talk about the kitchen. The kitchen was actually my last project because I had originally thought it was going to be redone so I didn’t want to begin decorating or fixing it.  It worked out where the renovations could not be done so I kept it pretty simple. Again fresh paint on all the walls and cabinets. I also changed out the old cabinet knobs for new shiny silver ones. I then added a temporary backslash to cover the outdated one and finished it off with some rustic elements. I also added a bar top (that I DIYed) and some bar stools from target. The kitchen is a decent size for an apartment but I wanted to add even more room.  I did that by creating the bar top instead of the traditional table and chairs option.

The kitchen before KITCHEN BEFORE 2 KITCHEN BEFORE 1 The kitchen after (the bar top and stools)  kitchen after 1 The temporary backsplash blacksplash 2 My living room was my favorite room to decorate and is still my favorite room in my apartment. I wanted it to be cozy but modern. I again added the accent wall for that modern edge. The accent wall is a light grey and white. That was my theme for the rest of the room: different tones of grays, silvers and small pops of navy and purple. The accent wall called for some more attention. I added a beautiful mirror I found at Home Goods, which also slightly opened up the room. Then a mirrored table from Target.  I decorated the table with some picture frames and items I found at places like Target, Marshalls and Home Goods. I also added a white throw rug and accent pillows on the couch to make it cozy.

The before of what was their bedroom and what is now my living room BEDROOM BEOFRE 1 The after of the same angle/wall  living room 1 The full living room  living room after 1  When I first came to see this apartment it wasn’t what I was looking for but with a little inspiration and motivation (and lots of paint) I was able to really fall in love with the space. I hope it can bring a little inspiration to someone else.

xoxo,

Chelsea

For links and the full apartment tour video click HERE

Top 12 Netflix Shows To Watch While Staying In

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Whether you’re staying home with your significant other on Valentines Day or just hanging solo on your couch with some wine, I listed all the Netflix shows I have finished and would totally recommend.  These aren’t going to be your typical romantic comedies or anything like that, but isn’t that a little cliche?  These are simply just good shows to watch on your down time.

1. The Killing
2. Broad Church
3. Jessica Jones
4. The Fall
5. Friends
6. How To Get Away With Murder
7. Making a Murder
8. Scandal
9. Maron
10. Master Of None
11. Jane The Virgin
12. Narcos
*Bonus: Orange Is The New Black
Just a heads up, most my taste in shows is either “Murder Mystery” or “Light & Funny”.

First Blog Post 2016

Nothing like a new year to finally begin blogging again! I decided that I didn’t want to wait any longer to bring new content to you all.  My post are going to be mainly fashion related but I now have a platform to share other things that I don’t necessarily want to put on my youtube channel.  This will make it more convenient for those of you who ask for look books, outfit of the days and even my boyfriends cooking recipes, yum.  So I hope you all follow me on my social media platforms so you are notified when new post are up. Thanks for coming along on this journey with me!

xoxo,

Chelsea

 

 

 

My First Apartment!

Hey guys! long time no blog (inserts covering eyes emoji here) I’v been on a little hiatus from youtube and blogging because I finally moved into my new apartment! And it has been super time consuming to say the least. I’m sooo excited because this has been a long time coming.
My boyfriend and I moved out together January 2nd 2015 and it’s been crazy ever since.  I still have a bunch of boxes everywhere and as if we didn’t have enough going on we added a puppy into the mix.
  Everyone meet Eski 🙂
Eski 2
 I know, can she be any cuter? Shes a 4 month old Shiba Inu pup and I’m in love. Safe to say shes like my own child but I’ll blog more about her in the future.
Anyways back to my apartment.  We are renting from family on the upstairs of a “mother daughter” style house.  I’v been trying to organize but lets face it I have a lot of clothes, shoes, makeup etc and my boyfriend has his fair amount of stuff too.
As we get more settled in I also have been buying more and more home decor items! I actually love shopping for home decor items.  It has been my new obsession. Not to mention Pinterest has been everrythinnng. Where has it been all my life?!
I wanted to share some purchases that I have recently made.
Furniture:
ghost chair
This is going to be my vanity chair
(Amazon: Casper Dining Armchair in Clear)
chouch 2
The couch for my living room
(Walmart Axis Sofa in Graphite)
rug 2
Faux fur rug for my living room
(Esty 5 x 7 area rug)
Mirrored Console Table
Table for my living room
(Target Mirrored Console Table)
 
Some Decor Items:
I did do some more shopping than what is shown but I picked up the other items from places like Home Goods, Marshall’s etc. So I will be taking pictures of those items and posting it under the “Home Decor” tab (once I make that tab) and I will also be posting an apartment tour and home decor haul to my youtube channel.
I will be updating you all here and on my youtube throughout this journey!
xoxo,
Chelsea
 

First Blog Post…Kinda

Hey guys! Sooo this is my first blog post…totally weird for me because I always thought I would only stick to Youtube but I suddenly felt inspired & there’s always a first time for everything….right?