Tuesday, September 10, 2013

$1000 Apartment Makeover Mood Board

My good friend Kate just moved into a new apartment and she asked me to help her decorate it. She specifically needs help with her living room; there are a few pieces she wants to keep but there’s a lot that she needs to buy. And she’s starting her first job out of law school so she’s on a limited budget of only $1000. It’s a tough challenge but I am up for it!

Here’s a few before shots of the room. And FYI, these were taken very soon after Kate moved in so she was still in the middle of unpacking…





The only things Kate is set on keeping in the room are the yellow chaise lounge chair, the coffee table, and the TV/ TV stand. She wants to add a small sofa or loveseat, another chair, curtains, an area rug, and a floor lamp or two.

Here’s what I came up with: "Blue, Gray, and Yellow Living Room" by blue11interiors on Polyvore

Tufted Gray Loveseat, $399, Target; Slipper chair, $128*, Target; 6’x9’ Moroccan Area Rug, $168*, Rugs USA; Blue Floor Lamp, $40, Target; White Floor Lamp, $64*, Target; Pink and White Side Table, $20, Target; Gold Chaise Lounge Chair, $500, Lamps Plus; Curtains, $60 for 2 panels, Target

What do you think? The gold chaise lounge from Lamps Plus is just to show a similar image as Kate’s existing yellow chaise. I also have some different curtains in mind; I saw these last weekend at HomeGoods for only $30 and I think they’re perfect for the space!


So the total for the loveseat, rug, lamps, accent table, curtains, and chair comes to a grand total of…$850! Not too bad!

We are also planning to buy a little console table for her entryway, repurpose a storage bench to place in front of her windows, and construct some kind of DIY bookshelf shelving under the kitchen bar area.

I can’t wait to share more with you as the room starts to come together!

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