Location: Poncey-Highland — Atlanta, Georgia
Size: 300 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year; Rented
This one goes out to all of you dreamers out there who are temporarily stuck in your tiny rented apartments with not a whole lot of dough to dish out for the finer things in life. A champagne taste on a PBR budget, if you will. But, that didn't stop Katie from truly making her landlord's property a home.
Katie had to move in a bit of a hurry after a career change that brought her back to her hometown of Atlanta. In this hurry, she scored a whopping 297 square foot apartment (we measured) in the lovely, greenery filled neighborhood of Poncey-Highland. After a little bit of TLC and a whole lot of creativity, Katie has proved to create flow and a seemingly effortless comfort to her studio apartment.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Vintage, Casual? Is that a house style? Cozy.
Inspiration: Nature, travel... I don't travel much, but I feel like my things might have in order to get here, haha. I get a lot of influence from my Dad. I like to surround myself with hand-made items and art that speak to me.
Favorite Element: The natural light and the size. It's perfect for me — not too big, not too little. It feels like me.
Biggest Challenge: Figuring out seating and arrangement of furniture in a room that's both my bedroom and my living room. I like having friends over, so that was important to me.
What Friends Say: It's cozy. Everyone seems to wanna curl up when they're here. I think that's a good thing.
Biggest Embarrassment: Since it's small, it's easy for a few things to be out of place and make it seem messy, so I just have to keep up with it. But, the up-side is it doesn't take long to clean, either.
Proudest DIY: Just adding some nails into a Target ladder shelf in my closet to have a nice way to organize and display my jewelry. It's turned into an easy vanity, and a way for my closet to look a little nicer since you can see straight into it from the living room.
Biggest Indulgence: The chair in my living room. It wasn't much, but everything else was either thrifted or hand-me-downs, haha.
Best Advice: Don't try to make it all perfect. Things don't have to be shiny and new, or fit a specific style. Just go with what you like, and if it feels good to you, it will show.
Dream Sources: Uh, I look at the West Elm website, haha. Or, if I could actually just put Morocco into my house.
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
- Was already painted when I arrived
LIVING ROOM / BEDROOM
- Daybed - Had it since I was a baby, complete with a trundle underneath, so I actually have a place for friends to sleep when it's gotten a little late.
- Bedding - Comforter and Pillow, Urban Outfitters
- Artwork above bed - 3 small ones from a shop by my house called Young Blood where they sell stuff by local artists, the bugs were thrifted, and the other one is artwork that was inside a Fleet Foxes album that I just decided to frame.
- Rug - Dad, he said he got a good deal on it, so it probably came from a flea market
- Coffee Table - yard sale
- Chair - Urban Outfitters
- Wicker Ottoman and Pillows - Mom.
- Curtains - Dad. haha
- Plant Holder - ikea
- Ladder Shelves - Target
- Lamp - Target
- TV Tray with plants on it - yard sale
KITCHEN / DINING
- Table and stools - my friend, Dani, I used to live with didn't need them when she moved, so I inherited, naturally.
- Palmistry print - antique store in Roswell (Georgia)
- Knick Knacks - some from Anthropologie, most thrifted, the Frida was from Secret Ships
- Hanging succulent holder - Paris on Ponce
- Curtain - store in Nashville called Pangaea
- Ladder Shelf - Target
- Mirror - Dad
- Shower Curtain - Urban Outfitters
- Artwork - thrifted
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