Blogging...Brad and Sarah's ApartmentFeatured on Back Garage

Blogging...Brad and Sarah's ApartmentFeatured on Back Garage

Grace Shu
May 4, 2009

Have you discovered BackGarage yet? Sonia over at Unplggd did a great "Behind the Blog" feature on it last month, and it's a fantastic resource for decorating ideas on a thrift store budget. For the past hour, we've been checking out some of the featured apartments in the archive, and we absolutely love Brad and Sarah's home. Combining mid-century modern tastes with a shoestring spending allowance, their home has a lot of fantastic solutions and charming decor...not to mention, they didn't buy anything new. Take a look at some of the photos after the jump...


Three Ikea Norebo shelves are hung on the wall to create an entryway table. The mirror was salvaged from an apartment building.

Living Room:

The couch was a Craigslist find and reupholstered using organic fabric and foam. The blue chair which looks like a bit like an older version of a Knoll chair (love the studding) was $3 at a vintage shop in Chicago!

The floating wall unit was won in an eBay auction--but only after it failed to get any bids, and then got relisted at 1/3 the price.

Dining Room:

The windows were collected over several years, salvaged from Chicago alleys. The Eames shell chairs were bought at the Blue Star Antique Pavilion in Michigan and eBay. The table itself was an attic find.


The retro pendant lights were originally from a former apartment building and left by a neighbor. The forest mural is mounted on foamcore and hung on the wall as the apartment is rented.

Instead of a dresser in the bedroom, they installed Ikea kitchen shelves on the wall for storing clothes.


Their small kitchen originally came with a linoleum floor, but Brad (with the blessing of the landlord) ripped it up to reveal the hardwood underneath.

These photos are merely the tip of the iceberg--make sure to see the entire tour with even more details over at BackGarage. And if you have some extra time on your hands, check out the At Home archives for even more inspiring ideas.

(Images: BackGarage)

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