Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live in 425 square feet? Then, come check out my NYC apartment tour!
Happy Friday, everyone! Thanks for stopping by today.
It’s been a while since I’ve done a Friday link roundup, but I’m back with some great posts today. I’m also sharing my holiday apartment tour. I really had fun decorating this year, and I hope you enjoy the photos!
My husband and I are spending today walking up 5th Avenue and taking in all the holiday window displays. So I should have some fun photos to share next week.
After making over my fireplace, I started looking around my apartment for other spaces that could benefit from a few small changes. I decided that my bathroom was next on my to do list.
I haven’t really done much with the bathroom. Before moving into the apartment, I ordered everything I needed online, and it doesn’t all go together that well. I’m thinking a few small changes will make a big difference.
Here are a few before pictures:
- Shower Curtain and Rings. I like my shower curtain, but not really in my bathroom, if you know what I mean. This is one of the items I ordered online, and it will probably stay for now. The shower rings need some serious TLC though. If you look closely, you can see that the white center is missing from the right ring. I think each one of these white plastic discs has popped off at some point, and I just keep gluing them back on. Annoying!
- Art. I love the prints that are already hanging. My husband and I bought them at the Alameda Flea Market in California, and they remind me of San Francisco. I’d like to hang some additional art.
- Storage. The wire racks with all my beauty products are handy but could use a little organization (they’re also kind of ugly). And I didn’t include a picture, but the medicine cabinet and area under the sink also need some reorganization.
- Towel Bar. Our bath towels hang on the back of the bathroom door (not shown), which is really convenient. The other towel bar in the bathroom drives me crazy though! It’s in an awkward position right above the toilet, so anything I set there is covered by the towel. Also, it’s too big for a single hand towel.
- Soap Dispenser. Oops, I forgot to include a picture of the current one. Like the shower curtain, it was bought online before our move. It has a pattern and is not quite white. I’d like something simpler.
- Lightbulbs. I need to stock up on these before I can’t buy them anymore!
OK, now that I covered the problem areas, here’s what I have in mind to improve the space:
- Add more art. I’ll keep the existing art and hang a few more pieces, too (to be determined after I search my collection).
- Organize the “stuff” sitting on top of the toilet. I’ll probably get rid of the small wire dress form, and I’d like to get a tissue box cover. I love this tissue box cover, although the one I get will probably be much less fancy. Another bath canister would be helpful for for storing hair accessories. Finally, I’d love to get a small tray to corral everything. This bamboo bath tray from West Elm is a steal (bonus!).
- Get new shower curtain rings. I’ll keep the current shower curtain for now, but I’ll replace the rings. I love the clean look of these shower curtain hooks from Home Classics.
- Line wire baskets. Those wire racks I showed above are literally painted to the wall, so it would cause more problems than it’s worth to remove them. Instead, I’ll sew some simple basket liners. I like the look of these lined wire baskets from World Market, so hopefully I can create something similar!
- Find a new towel rack. I’ll replace the towel bar above the toilet with a smaller one that’s hung higher on the wall. I like the round shape of this Delta Crestfield Towel Rack
- Replace the existing soap dispenser. This simple white ceramic soap dispenser is perfect.
- Keep the current bath mat. It’s from West Elm, and I love it.
- Reorganize the medicine cabinet and under sink storage. I need to go through these areas, get rid of stuff we aren’t using, and organize what’s left.
I’m planning to work on this mini-makeover during the next month or so. I’ll let you know when it’s camera-ready!
P.S. If you’re curious, check out more of my home here.
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I love seeing how other people have decorated their homes for Christmas, so I thought it would be fun to do a holiday apartment tour today!
Let’s start at the front door!
I was inspired by Made In A Day to make a square wreath. It was definitely one of those super simple, yet very satisfying DIYs!
To make it, I simply bent the wire frame from a round wreath into a square and moved the branches around to perfect the shape. Then, I hot glued a bunch of silver and gold sparkly stars to the wreath and tied on a gold bow. Super easy!
The entry way is next.I updated my gallery wall with some DIY holiday artwork.
I also added my Noel sign to the closet doors in the entry.
Next, let’s head into the kitchen, where I updated my DIY chalkboard with a Christmas message.
I did the most decorating in the living room.
I started by topping a small side table with a framed Deck the Halls print from I Heart Hands-On. Isn’t it cute?
I also added my birds and one of my favorite Christmas books, Scared of Santa: Scenes of Terror in Toyland. Have you seen this book? It is hilarious and would make a great stocking stuffer.
Here’s one of my favorite pages.
I’ve shared a few sneak peeks of my Christmas village here and on Facebook already, but here is the finished product.
Here are a few more pictures of the village.
I made my own patterns for the houses, but I got a lot of inspiration from Martha’s Winter Village. To build the village, I put a layer of Eco Snow on my coffee table (over books for varying heights), arranged the houses, added a small mirror for a pond, and then sprinkled everything with Buffalo Snow. It’s really sparkly and soft looking. I love it!
Finally, there is the tree.
When it comes to decorating a tree, my philosophy is to squeeze on as many ornaments as possible! It really looks festive and helps to fill out a sparse tree.
Here are a few of my favorite ornaments from my childhood. That poodle cracks me up!
I took some creative shots of the tree with bokeh, too.
How do you like to decorate for the holidays?
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