A Classic, Light-Filled Minneapolis Apartment for One

A Classic, Light-Filled Minneapolis Apartment for One

Emma Fiala
Aug 28, 2017

Name: Sarah Schwie
Location: South Minneapolis, Minnesota
Size: 750 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years, renting

Though Sarah has lived in her south Minneapolis rental for two years, she's taken her time to fill the space. Just the perfect size for her and her cat — and filled with lots of natural light — it has plenty of whimsical vintage features to keep you peering around the corners the entire time you're there.

Sarah's space is filled only with items that bring her joy or have a family connection, regardless of if these items typically go together or not. She encourages others to incorporate a variety of pieces into their decor. And if you love where you live don't be shy about it — Sarah's love of Minnesota can be found in almost every direction you look.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Classic, always with a pop of turquoise.

Inspiration: Apartment Therapy!

Favorite Element: Plants! I especially love the hanging orchid in my bathroom.

Biggest Challenge: I live in an old building, so keeping my apartment clean. But the charm is worth it!

What Friends Say: You have such a knack for creating cute spaces.

Biggest Embarrassment: Probably the litter box in the broom closet in my kitchen, but we make it work with a cute curtain!

Proudest DIY: My turquoise trunk/coffee table.

Biggest Indulgence: Beeswax candles.

Best Advice: Incorporate a variety of pieces, from the antique dresser your mom got at a garage sale to the piece of artwork you splurged on. Don't be afraid to be creative! Re-purposing is one of the best ways to change up your space.

Dream Sources: Room and Board


Trunk – Bachman's antique sale
Flower light fixture – IKEA
TV stand – Target
Blue and yellow throw pillows – Target
HOME pillow – Marshalls
White vertical shelf – IKEA

Dining table – Pier One
Daily fresh artwork – World Market (Similar)
Blue and white striped linen – The Foundry Home Goods

Merlot artwork – Salvation Army
Clock – World Market
Compost bucket – World Market

Bed – IKEA (similar)
Bedding – IKEA
Dresser – IKEA
Hanging lantern – World Market

Bathmat – World Market
Shower curtain – Target
Crystal shower curtain hangers – Target

Thanks, Sarah!

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