Before & After: An Apartment With “Great Bones” Gets a Much Needed Update

published Nov 25, 2015
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When I moved into my first one-bedroom (rental) apartment I knew I had a lot of work to do. The previous tenants left it in pretty bad shape and it was hard to see the final vision through all the clutter. But, I knew the place had great bones and I couldn’t ignore the 7 windows that wrapped around the whole place letting in a ton of sunlight. I loved the open floor plan and for a Beacon Hill place, it was a great size just around 600 square feet.

(Image credit: Submitted by Hannah)

When I moved in I spent a week cleaning the place from head to toe. Then I spent 2-3 weeks on and off, scraping, sanding, filling holes in the walls, painting and painting again every square foot. I chose to change paint from an out-dated mid-brown to a light and airy gray. The main living space is one shade darker then the bedroom. Over the next month I invested in items I knew I would have for a long time.

I like to think of my style as modern, comfy-chic, with a twist of simple swiss style. Many of my pieces are from West Elm, Crate and Barrel and Target. One of my favorite pieces is the custom bench I had made for the entryway (it has my last name carved into it!).

As always, it’s a work in progress, but I’m so happy to call this place my home!

Thank you Hannah!