Since our family likes to read this blog to stay updated with our crazy life, I thought I would share some shots of our home. We live in a little (895 sq. feet to be exact) one bedroom, one bath apartment so I got to put my organization and space saving ideas to good use. After my post about making your temporary house a home, a fellow military spouse also asked for some cost effective apartment decorating tips, so I will try to incorporate that as well. Growing up, my grandmother, mother and I were always out shopping yard sales, thrift stores and clearance racks. Not because we had too, but it is fun to see what you could create out of “old” or “last season” items. Today, I am going to share our outside area, kitchen and my craft area because they got a deep clean last night 🙂
Except now we have this wreath:
Since we move so often, and don’t have much storage, I decided to strip the old wreath and use supplies I already had. No need to keep the “Gamecock” wreath if I know I probably will never use it again.
Trip and I scored these chairs at a really sketchy wanna be Big Lots store in Ballston Spa. I think they look nice and cost us nothing. The pillow is from Burlington Coat Factory, which I got on sale after last summer. It is really an indoor pillow, but it has held up fine on our covered walkway. The table is circa 1980 and a hand-me-down from my parents. The pot (was a bucket of some sort) was on clearance at World Market (oh how I miss thee). I drilled a hole in the bottom for the water to escape. The flag and mini bird house were gifts.
I was really taking a picture of a mean storm coming in, but our front door opens to this courtyard:
This is my favorite area in our apartment because I feel like this is the one spot they didn’t skimp. I love this kitchen!
I love my “The South” Sign. It reads: “The South. The place where…1)Tea is sweet and accents are sweeter. 2) Summer starts in April. 3)Macaroni & Cheese is a vegetable. 4) Front porches are wide and words are long. 5) Pecan pie is a staple. 6) Y’all is the only proper noun. 7) Chicken is fried and biscuits come with gravy. 8) Everything is Darlin’. 9) Someone’s heart is always being blessed.”
Mine was a gift from my mom, but you can purchase one here.
These silk flowers were on my desk at work, but they found a new home in the kitchen. The mason jar is holding buttons. I always remove the “ICE” buttons from clothes and throw them in this jar. It looks pretty, but it has also come in handy before.
My love affair with mason jars continues. These are filled with wine corks, beer tops and the little one usually holds drink mixes. The white birds are salt and pepper shakers that I got as a wedding gift.
I got this idea from Pinterest. Putting dish soap in an oil thing (what are those called?) makes it look so much neater and actually controls the flow of soap much better.
Even Boom Boom has a fancy dog bowl set that we grabbed on clearance from Petsmart. He doesn’t mess with these like his old plastic ones which were always in random places in the apartment.
Our “bar” is actually an organizer from Target. It is a little pricey, but has already been used as a closet organizer in Charleston and now a bar. I had one in college that I used as a TV stand/bookshelf. After three moves it finally died.
The top row consists of stemware. The center spot holds our wedding flutes, Roswell Founder Hall flutes also from our wedding day and Saratoga wine glasses that were a welcome gift from our apartment complex.I turned an extra jewelry box into a display case for the hubby’s Navy stuff. Everything pictured is from OCS, but I think this will be really cool once full. The ring slots hold coins perfectly. Love letters from OCS are in the inside of the box. The jar holding the flower is from a thrift store and cost me like $0.25… if even that.
Surprise, surprise… another mason jar. This one is filled with dry beans (found at Walmart). I stuck a small candle in the top and tied some twine in a bow. Total cost, about $5.00
My Craft Table
This craft table was actually an old dresser. When we got our new bedroom set, we weren’t sure what to do with it so we were just going to toss it. Then we got the idea to take the drawers out and turn it into a table. A few days after we dumped the drawers, the hubby and I both agreed that we should have left on one side for storage. I still kick myself for that one. We were just going to use this until we move, but I actually love this table. The hubby wanted to paint the inside black and I am so happy he let me have my way. I love the blue inside!
The gallery wall is a collection of frame I already had. Most are from Walmart. In the center is a cork board that I covered with fabric. The narrow frame is used as a whiteboard, so I framed scrapbook paper to make it easy to read what I write. The bench was on clearance at Target (years ago) due to some scratches. I took a black sharpie to it and you would never know. The inside is storage so I keep all of my “where do I put this???” stuff in there. Do you see Millie? That is one of her favorite spots.
I cut up a subway map from our trip to NYC. Each spot is a different neighborhood. I already had the frame and the map was free.
So there you have it. Unfortunately, there isn’t much more to our little home. Once I clean up some more, I’ll post part two. For now, I need to start looking for my gym motivation.
P.S: I added a wedding recap under “About”. Here is a shortcut!