If you’re looking to decorate your apartment or home on a budget, this post is for you. Here are a variety of ideas that will re-vamp your space.
It’s so hard not to feel the warm and fuzzies when you walk through our door, my mission was to make it feel like we were not living in an apartment while also sticking to a budget. Let’s dive-in to all of the things that made Apt. 204 feel like a home!
This post is all about light and airy apartment home decor ideas on a budget.
1. Light colors for the win
After we moved, I decided I wanted our apartment to be bright, light, and airy. The walls were already a light grey with a light-medium grey trim, (which just so happen to be my favorite color).
When I began planning the living room, I envisioned a versatile coffee table scape that could be easily interchangeable from season-to-season. First, I started off with the two faux boxwood topiaries that I have had for forever from the Christmas Tree Shops. So, I evenly placed each topiary on either side of the tray.
Next, the gold and white washed mercury votives from Pottery Barn added the perfect touch to consume the space in the tray.
Lastly, the wooden pedestal bowl from Kirklands is the perfect addition to the table because everything I put inside is interchangeable. During the Christmas months, I had silver and gold mercury glass ornaments and simply replaced them with these carved wooden spheres.
Now my favorite piece was adding the bead garland from Hobby Lobby throughout the carved wooden spheres. This bead garland has become my absolute favorite accent piece to add throughout the apartment, I think I have 4!
- Sofa: Pearce Sectional from Pottery Barn
- Knitted throw in “Rust”: West Elm
- Wooden Pedestal Bowl: Kirkland’s
- Mercury Glass Votives: Pottery Barn
- Coffee Table: Pier 1
- Carved Wooden Spheres: Hobby Lobby & Amazon (Green Moss Spheres)
- Distressed White Beaded Garland Strands with Tassels: Hobby Lobby
2. Stick to all-season decor
All-season decor can be really helpful on many fronts but especially for your budget. My end table pretty much stays the same from season-to-season. I wanted to add in some neutral, white and gold tones to compliment the coffee table so the marble coasters and the gold dipped deer antler tip did it!
Now I know that everyone has either one or both of these coffee tables books, so of course I have them too. Joanna Gaines is just perfect and simple, her touch and inspiration are everywhere in this apartment. I would say that Joanna Gaines has given me my eye and love for home decor.
- End Table: Pier 1
- Alphabet Marble & Wood Coasters: Pottery Barn
- Gold Dipped Deer Antler: Etsy
- Coffee Table Books: Magnolia Table & Homebody
- Faux Green Plant in Ceramic Pot: Amazon
- Noel Wood Cutout: Target Dollar Section
3. More seating space
When it comes to space in this apartment, that is one thing that we do not lack. Our apartment is quite large and we had a lot of space to fill. So, along this very long and tall wall, Mike decided to create a bar high-top out of a wood slab and some industrial metal pieces. I was thrilled with this idea because that meant that we could wait and save on purchasing another piece of furniture until we move out of this apartment and into a house.
This home decor diy project was the perfect Saturday project that took no time at all. After a quick stop at The Home Depot for industrial iron pipes we needed, we headed straight home to get to work.
Once the project was complete, I added some simple items that I had laying around the apartment. The sugarmold wooden candle holder complements the wood slab as well as the rustic metal pieces.
Home Depot List
- (4) 3/4″ x 18″ Black Pipe Iron Nipple
- (2) 3/4″ x 6″ Black Iron Pipe Nipple
- (8) 3/4″ Black Iron Pipe Floor Flange
- (4) 3/4″ Black Iron Tee
- White Farmhouse Photo: Hobby Lobby
- Sugarmold Wooden Candle Holder (12 Hole): Amazon
- Bar Stools: Amazon
- Wall Sconces: Pottery Barn
- Bar Wood: Purchased from a local in my hometown.
4. Less is more, keep it simple.
In this apartment, you will rarely find anyone sitting at the kitchen table. So, I like to keep the decor on the table simple. If and when we do have company, I can easily add plates, cups, silverware, and remove the charger and add the linen napkin and napkin ring to the table to finish it off!
- Table Runner: Kirklands
- Napkin Ring (Not exact, but similar): Pottery Barn
- Linen Napkin (Flax color): Pottery Barn
- Chargers: (Mine are old and from Pier 1): Walmart
5. Kitchen Counter Top Decor
Counter decor that is classy and timeless!
Since our move out west to Rochester, I have become a huge fan of the pattern Courtly Check by Mackenzie Childs. The black and white design is neutral and simple and it just catches your eye! I do own a decent amount of pieces but I do not have them all on display, sometimes the pattern can be a bit overwhelming. This pitcher was one of my favorite purchases because it can be used as a beverage pitcher but also as a vase! Typically during the summertime I love to add Gladiolus, they complement each other perfectly because they both are so tall.
This past week I took a quick run to the Christmas Tree Shops to see what I could find in there home decor section that fit my budget. Who was I kidding, I knew from the moment I walked into the door that I was going to have field day.
The jute round basket was something that I have been looking for but I could never find one at the price point that made sense, until I went to the Christmas Tree Shop. This basket was market at $7.99 and it was as if it was meant to be! Seconds later, I found this beautiful faux greenery plant in a marble style pot supported by black metal legs that complemented my round jute basket. My vision for my kitchen island decor was coming to life! Since my kitchen is very modern, I needed to throw in some texture and the jute basket as well as the faux plant did just that. Then to finish the look, I grabbed a candle from the closet and a small sign and added it to the tray. VIOLA!
This set up is ALWAYS here in the corner of my counter, and this set up rarely changes besides the coffee flavor in the canister. The Courtly Check by Mackenzie Childs design is again displayed here with some other accent pieces. The jute and wooden bead garland is from Hobby Lobby and the “Our Home” sign and wooden and black metal stand is from Marshalls.
Other Mackenzie Childs items that I have!
- Tea Kettle- Mackenzie Childs
- Large Bowl- Mackenzie Childs
- Spoon Rest- Mackenzie Childs
- Medium Canister- Mackenzie Childs
- Large Canister- Mackenzie Childs
- Extra Large Everyday Bowl- Mackenzie Childs
- Creamer-Mackenzie Childs
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