Saturday, August 27, 2011

Sara's apartment

I was contacted a couple of weeks ago for a partial room redo. My client moved into a tiny one bedroom apartment while she's getting her masters from ASU. She had so many great accessories I used. I especially loved her collection of vintage suitcases and couldn't wait to start on the project. Here are a few before pictures...

The challenges in this space were obviously the lack of storage space for her extra things she doesn't regularly use, and the bland foundation. Apartments here in Arizona typically have white walls you can't paint, some sort of light colored tile flooring and plastic blinds. They are basically stucco conex boxes. I tried to make it a little more comfortable and relaxing. Here it is after...

My goal was to give her a neutral color palette with the bigger items so she could take them with her to her next destination and easily change the scheme by adding different accent colors. I obviously reused her couch, a lot of accessories, and the t.v. stand. She sold her desk to make way for the slimmer, cuter version I made out of an old door. Under the skirt houses a small dresser on one side and a bookcase with her giant collection of dvd's on the other.

I wasn't planning on redoing her bedroom but I immediately saw a cool, feminine pallet headboard in the space. And because it didn't take any of our small budget to do it I figured, why not? I especially loved the idea of taking something so rugged and masculine like a pallet, and cutting a girly, sophisticated shape to it. The blueish gray color I painted it went so well with the bedding she already had too.

That's pretty much it. Here's a list of where I acquired some of the things in the space.

Pillows for couch: I made them (except the clock pillow, my client already had that)
Jute Rug: Cost plus World Market ($40 cheaper than IKEA with a coupon)
Clock above couch: Cost Plus World Market
Coffee table: I made it (but you can get one that looks exactly like it for $250 at
World Market)
Flowers on coffee table: Hobby Lobby
Wire baskets under coffee table: Home Goods (the store also had them in yellow)
Beige curtains: IKEA
Door desk: I made it using a door, dresser, and bookcase
Suitcase shelf: I made it from one of her old suitcases (the Flea Market Style magazine has a great tutorial on how to do this at the end of their newest issue)
Accessories on shelf: My client had them
Headboard: I made it from a pallet
Screen: Yard sale
Bed skirt: Simply Shabby Chic line (Target)

That about wraps it up. I'll be doing posts in the next few weeks about how I did the coffee table and headboard. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me and I'll try and get back to you as soon as I can.


  1. Looks so much better, she must be delighted!

    Suzy xxx

  2. adorable and so feminine!!... the time comes when a man enters the scene and having a home so frilly and cutsie is a bit harder, we have to look at other ways to create our home to be beautiful.... it's great to 'carpe diem' it when u can! great job!!

  3. Great makeover! You really helped that space come alive! Can't wait to see more about the headboard and coffee table!

  4. Oh how I love a great makeover and this one is great! I love how it looks so organized but yet so comfy all in one. Great job!

  5. it turned out really well. such talent u have.

  6. Ok, I'm dying to know how you made the table! Tell me already!!!

  7. Love the coffee table and I just stumbled upon your blog. Did you share how you made the coffee table?

  8. New follower - love this coffee table and put it on Pinterest - are you going to be doing a tutorial? Also, loved your chevron frames!

  9. I love so many things about this makeover. The headboard, the stacks of vintage suitcases used as tables & the clock. I am pinning away on your blog. I have found so much great stuff :)

  10. I love the coffee table. Do you have instructions on how to make it and what you used?