When my fiance and I moved to Washington, DC from Brigantine, NJ we experienced immediate culture shock. We traded in the ocean and beach bikes for city living and walking shoes. Finding this apartment was a challenge and required us to increase the budget! Once we saw this place we were in love and after meeting our incredible landlord we knew this was going to be our home for the next few years. The flexibility to paint, add a backsplash and swap out light fixtures is a luxury for renters and I took advantage of that! We've created a brick filled haven for ourselves and even though we downsized in terms of space we have upgraded with new friends, happy hours and most importantly - exposed brick!
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
1 - Only keep what you need and what makes you happy. We got rid of the majority of the furniture from our previous house and tried to style with intention and purpose.
2 - A personal preference of mine in small spaces in cohesive frames. With the majority of our apartment open we chose to use all of the Ikea RIBBA frames and its a deliberate choice that gets lots of compliments.
3 - Comfortable and worry free furniture over EVERYTHING. All of our furniture choices were made with the intention of being used and abused. I didn't want to baby anything and I wanted people to visit us and immediately feel comfortable. Our Target stools can be easily wiped down and our dirt (Truffle) colored Crate & Barrel couch hides a multitude of sins (spilled red wine).