ispydiy_MYAPT copyAs I mentioned yesterday, I am officially moved into my new apartment and I LOVE IT! I always dreamt of living in a converted warehouse space, and when I saw this listing online I was instantly obsessed. The black and white, the open concept kitchen, those GIANT windows…swoon! I feel like I’ve hit the apartment jackpot and wanted to share my tips so you can too. I’ve also included a sneak peak into my design game plan.ISPYDIY_MYAPT1


Finding Your Dream Apartment: As someone who has logged many hours in search of a new apartment, I know how stressful the process can be. From one-bedrooms that turn out to be glorified studios to sleeping nooks that are actually a closet, I’ve seen it all. I began using when searching for apartments because each listing is verified and legitimized, instantly curing any apartment headaches you may be having.  Searching for a specific space is also really easy.  I knew I really wanted to live in a warehouse style apartment so I narrowed the search to that style, then I set the desired number of bedrooms, maximum price point, and the area I wanted to live in, my must-have amenities and viola, it took me to my dream apartment.


Establishing the Design: I wanted to stay true to my new apartment’s industrial style and color scheme, so I created a Pinterest board for design inspiration. The plan is to decorate with mostly black & white, then bring in color very sparingly as accents. Because this space is different from any other apartment that I’ve had in the past, I’m starting from scratch for the furniture and decor. I also really wanted to start making grown up purchases and invest in items I truly loved! I was not able to move into my apartment for 2 month after signing the lease, which was torture, because I wanted to start planning and purchasing my investment furniture for the space. A major bonus on is the website features a room planner that allows you to virtually place the furniture in the space to see what fits before you move. This is a huge help when it comes to larger pieces like couches, beds, and rugs.

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Buy Items You Love: Once I decided on the major furniture pieces that I wanted, I pulled some of my favorite inspiration from my Pinterest board to start decorating. To accent the black and white color scheme, I plan on adding some unfinished wood and a few yellow accents. I know, I know, I did a similar style in the studio…but hey, that’s the aesthetic I love. A bonus about sticking with the black and white theme is that I can always add different pops of color in the future if I want to change it up!

The one, tiny downfall of my apartment is that it is seriously lacking in storage, which might be a blessing in disguise. I have a tendency to be a bit if a packrat and buy things on a whim. Since there are only a few places to store things, I really had to de-clutter and decide if purchases were must-haves. I’m looking forward to living a minimalistic lifestyle and investing in pieces that will last me a long time.

There you have it, the game plan to make my new home a haven! Stay tuned for details on the final design and, of course, some DIY projects that will make the space all mine!


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