When I first walked into this place, I immediately loved the layout and high ceilings. It was in a great location and in a neighborhood that I love. The downsides were that the space was tiny, had beige walls, orange oak floors and was lacking personality. On a spontaneous whim, I put in an offer and before I knew it, bought my first place. Because it was such a quick decision, I still had 6 months left on my lease at the time, which gave me several months to plan, pin, scour vintage shops and online stores for the perfect pieces. By the time it came to moving, I had everything I needed for my new place and knew exactly what I wanted to change.
The goal was to brighten up the space while injecting some much needed character. I wanted to stick to neutrals and keep it simple. The entire place was painted white, including the interior brick wall, which immediately made the apartment feel bigger. The dingy carpet in the bedroom was pulled up, new flooring was put down, all of the wood flooring was sanded, bleached and stained white which helped give a more modern feel. In the living area, a "media and library wall" was installed, taking advantage of the tall ceilings and creating a focal point with additional storage. The shelves were filled with my collection of old books and magazines (one of the few things I brought with me from my old place) as well as keepsakes from my travels.
Even though the apartment was small, I wanted to make sure that I would still be able to entertain. There was no real dining area so I added globe pendant lights in front of the brick wall to designate an eating and entertainment area. In the entryway, I added an "art wall", a collection of my own paintings, photographs from my travels and another artist's figure drawings that I love. The art wall draws the eyes up emphasizing the tall ceilings and adds character to the space. I'm so happy with the end result - the apartment now feels like a home and it's a place I love to be.