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Hi all! It’s been two years since I’ve done a full-on apartment tour … (shock), so I figured now was a perfect time! I’ve definitely changed it quite a bit since moving in, and I’m actually SO fricking happy with how it looks now. Sometimes I look back on my apartment reveal and cringe a bit … do you ever do that with your own home??



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The first thought that probably comes to your mind when looking at photos of my space is how small it is. Do I wish my apartment was bigger? Yes. However, NYC will only give you so much for so much money LOL.

As you can see from these photos, I am VERY big into vintage-meets-deco. I know that’s not really a thing … but I can’t help but love both! I’ve tried to create a space that uniquely mine, and that doesn’t mimic anyone else’s home. I am big into velvets, blushes, animal prints, and neutral tones.

Additionally, almost everything in my apartment is budget-friendly. There are a few items I decided to splurge on (like my Ballards mirror and sofa!), but overall, the entire design is definitely attainable for the average renter. Everything in my apartment (minus the items I saved and splurged on) is under 3K. This includes the kitchen and bed area!

This is actually DIY removable wainscotting. Learn the DIY tutorial here.

This is NOT the Samsung TV frame. This gold TV frame was $12 and I made it myself! Check out the tutorial here.

Again I love pretty much everything in my apartment …. except for the console under the TV. Unfortunately, it arrived damaged, and I needed to glue many parts together to make it stand! Two years ago, I thought I would buy another console, but I ended up sticking with this one since it was functional. I’ll definitely be getting another one when I move into my new apartment though?

I know you’re probably asking yourself, “why isn’t there decor on that console?” WELL, MY FRIEND, that’s because it’s not just meant for decor! This console table is multi-functional. I use it as a desk, dining table, AND a place to work on DIYs. I realize it’s not common to put a desk behind a sofa, but I actually HATE the idea of a desk being up against a wall. Is that just me? I also love how this method breaks up the room a bit more and creates more dimension.

I completely transformed my kitchen using a removable backsplash and contact paper. You can check out the DIY here. I love this kitchen, regardless of how small it is!

I think this apartment truly represents the idea that a rental space CAN turn into a dream home. Will you be taking some inspiration from this space? Let me know down below!

xx Chelsey

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  1. Joni Ryder says:

    One of your best posts – beautifully designed – very welcoming.

  2. mary says:

    Where is your cheetah print pillow (in the shot with your television) from? I love it!

  3. MaryBeth says:

    Beautiful! I love your site and your decorating taste!!!!! Keep posting – so inspirational.

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Hi, I'm Chelsey

I’m an interior decorator, author, and “heirloom hunter”, discovering and returning lost family artifacts along my search for home accents. I'm also a dog mom, and very well aware there are some people who just follow me for him.

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