Design Assistance: Jess’ Apartment

A few years ago (yes, I’m horribly behind), my sister signed a lease on a 500 square foot studio while in graduate school. She asked me to help her decorate, requesting a modern design featuring dark wood and a blues-green color scheme to coordinate with the kitchen. I believe the other instructions were basically that it had to be very budget friendly as she was up to her ears in student loans, and she needed a sleeper sofa.

This was the preliminary design board I sent to her. We later found a nicer tv console, so she chose to go with an A-frame bookshelf and a less expensive rug. Normally I would also suggest paint colors and maybe a few accessories for customers, but we knew J couldn’t paint and wasn’t planning to stay in the apartment long term (also she wouldn’t be home much with clinical rotations). Even having said that, we wanted to make the place comfortable and find pieces she could take with her to her next apartment.

Here’s another photo of the kitchen, after she moved in. Check out the book shelves above the cabinets, I love them! The backsplash is amazing, too.

Here’s the living room. There were French doors leading to a small balcony to the right of the tv, which I think would have looked lovely with something like these curtains from Ikea to add some more color. I’d hang them on an oil rubbed bronze curtain rod, and since she was renting I’d probably pull the vertical blinds open and tuck them behind one of the curtain panels.

Ideally a darker colored slipcover for the sofa would stand out from the wall color better, since she wasn’t allowed to paint. I’d also love to see a more colorful rug, but this one did the trick of keeping the couch from scratching the wood when it was pulled out into a bed.

Here’s the dining area, which was on the other side of the French doors. I love the bar height table she chose. (Also, get a load of all those running medals. She’s a marathoner. #mysisterisawesome)

I’m thinking about doing a follow up now that she’s moved, showing how the pieces progressed in her new larger place.

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9 Responses to Design Assistance: Jess’ Apartment

  1. Jess says:

    Thanks for the post, sis! You definitely made some awesome suggestions while I was organizing that space!
    One thing I thought of (long) after the fact is that, since the ceiling in that apartment was so high, a smart person (without the strict limits imposed by an apartment complex) might have tried to do something with the wall decorations to show off that fact. I feel like most of my artwork sort of ‘floated’ on the lower 2/3 of the wall and didn’t really emphasize the awesome high ceilings. I can blame it on the apartment rules (not being allowed to paint and so forth), but someone more savvy than me would probably have been able to figure out something cool to do there, regardless…
    Thanks again for the shoutout! <3

    • Cait says:

      You’re welcome, sis. :)

      That’s a good point about the tall ceilings! They make some interesting temporary wallpapers that would have accented the top portion of the wall nicely, sort of the reverse of what Nicole from Making it Lovely did in her dining room. Dad hung a bunch of my horse show ribbons in my childhood bedroom by tacking lightweight molding to the wall with finish nails, and the same concept could have been used for temporary molding beneath the wallpaper.

  2. What a pretty studio! That backsplash IS to die for!

  3. caitlin says:

    Any idea where that rug in you board is from? (maybe I missed the link, I swear I looked more than once!) TIA

    • Cait says:

      Hi Caitlin, the rug is one I spotted at Crate & Barrel a few years ago and unfortunately is no longer available. I wish I could remember the name of it so you could try to track one down on eBay or Craigslist. I was able to find a similar rug at Target, though. Hope this helps!

  4. Harper says:

    Would love an update on how those pieces transitioned. Seems very budget friendly to keep some of the same pieces and repurpose them to a new location, use, etc.

    • Cait says:

      Thanks for the input, Harper! I haven’t had a chance to visit her new place yet, but Jess should be bringing some pictures with her when she comes home for Christmas or emailing them shortly after. I’ve already thought of some ways reuse the pieces she already owns and add in some inexpensive accessories and a few splurge pieces to keep things feeling fresh.

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