#1: Rob’s Apartmequarium
Location: Portland, Oregon (Downtown)
Size: 488 sq/ft. – Studio
Favorite resource: Delia
They have warehouse sales here in Portland from time to time. Thus the amazing deals on my metal furnishings.
What inspired you?/ The pitch
Visitors tend to be wowed by the place, and they never realize it was furnished on the cheap. The bed was an ebay find for $105 shipped! The wine rack cost $45. The most expensive piece of furniture I own is a $300 loveseat.
Ask yourself: Do you really need a “bedroom”? If your apartment is one open room, buy a canopy bed and hang curtains. The bed serves as a wall to divide up the open space, it makes a bold impression on guests, and it creates what feels like a room within a room when the curtains are completely closed. Bold curtains make a bold impression. Soft colors can soften a place up in a big way.