Making our Apartment a Home.


My husband and I have always been big city people, and we actually used to enjoy moving. We first met in Chicago, where we only spent a year at each apartment we rented. When we moved to California we did the same. But once Sydney came along, we finally renewed a lease. So when we moved back to Chicago last year, we decided it was time to find a place where we could get comfortable and stay awhile. Once we found apartment we loved, the next step was to make it feel like a home. We didn’t bring a lot of furniture with us, so there was quite a bit to do. We also didn’t want to invest too much money into a rental, so it was time to get creative. We used paint, lots of paint, and patience to make each room feel special. We took our time to shop smartly for some great key furniture pieces, finding things online and checking out every sale possible. We also spent a lot of time scouring thrift stores and craigslist for some quality one of kind statement pieces. Over the next couple weeks, I am going to post several tips, tricks, and diy projects we used in our place. We are still working on our daughters room, so more pics to come. But for now, here is a glimpse into our apartment home:

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7 thoughts on “Making our Apartment a Home.

  1. The sofa is probably the most expensive piece in our house. I wasn't finding anything I liked in the stores, so I turned to the internet. I found it on Overstock :
    It's worked out great for us. I really love the midcentury style mixed with a deep seat and the extra long length. We did the same thing as you, and sold most of our furniture before we moved back to Chicago. There are really great thrift stores out here and in the suburbs, so we were able to find a lot of pieces at really reasonable prices. We also scored our dining table for 50% off because it was a floor model. If you have patience you can find really great things. Don't force it, and hunt for the right pieces and your place will come together. Good luck!

  2. Hey, I came your way via design mom! My family and I just did a major move and decided to rent. We sold most of our belongings and wanted to start fresh and are looking for inexpensive ways to make our rental a home. I love your sofa and was wondering if you could pass along any info you have about it.

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