#31 - Bri & Chad's Fab on a Budget

Name: Bri & Chad
Location: Chelsea, NYC
Size: 350 Sq. Ft., 4th Floor Walk Up, 1 Bedroom Rental

Favorite resource:

Discount Fabric. The prices are great and it opens the door for fun DIY projects. Thanks to some great deals, my mom and I made the duvet cover and reupholstered the couch (moms are also a great design resource) and Chad and I made the curtains.

We also, obviously, love the thomas paul sample sales.

Our must-reads are design*sponge, domino, & Elle Decor.

What inspired you?

Highlighting pieces with sentimental value while being adventurous with color and pattern, we've created a very personal space that we love to live in. Moving to NYC just seven months ago, we've done what we could on our student budget (under $1,000).

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...After rounding up furniture from friends and family the couch was in my Aunt's garage for 20 years, serving as a residence for a family of squirrels we picked the most promising pieces and brought them back to life. The apartment is always evolving, with a large list of projects looming. We believe that good design is always in flux.

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Design Tip:

Use console tales and floating shelves to utilize dead space, don?t be afraid to mix unconventional colors and patterns (paint particularly is easy to change), and above all, do what makes you happy.

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EXTRA:

And yes. Those are post-it notes. We wanted to do something fun and textural (not to mention cost effective) on the wall with the computer workstation. Who says renters can't paper the walls? They've been up since January and have yet to fall down.

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