A Smart Use of Small Space in Austin

A Smart Use of Small Space in Austin

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Katy Cartland
Aug 24, 2018

Name: Max and Tamera Walters
Location: Austin, Texas
Size: 843 square feet
Years lived in: 7 months, renting

Tamera and her family live in South Austin with their daughter (with a second child on the way!). South Austin, an expanding part of the city, has become increasingly expensive, so Tamera and her family chose to live in a complex where they would have security, convenience to work, and be within their budget.

The apartment is a two-bedroom, one-bathroom on the ground floor. With their new baby coming, instead of adding a move to an already life-changing situation, they decided to make their small space work and convert their master walk-in closet into a small nursery space. Tamera's eye for sweet details, cool paint colors, and renter-friendly upgrades (see the DIY wood paneled wall in their master bedroom) make for an impressive take on traditional apartment living. It also helps that she is extremely organized, as well!

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Eclectic

Inspiration: We have really been inspired by the outdoors and our family. We love all the greenery and family heirlooms. That is what makes it feel like ours!

Favorite Element: I love all our plants!

Biggest Challenge: Keeping our clutter to a minimum.

What Friends Say: "Can you decorate our place?" and "Where is all your stuff?"

Biggest Embarrassment: I'm not embarrassed about our space, but I do wish our complex would let us replace the flooring.

Proudest DIY: The wood wall behind our master bed.

Biggest Indulgence: Plants and lots of paint.

Best Advice: Buy what you like. I feel it's easy to get lost in your design when you start with "what goes" rather then "I really love this."

Dream Sources: Urban Outfitters, Apartment Therapy, Natural Gardener.

Resources:

PAINT & COLORS
Gray walls — Behr Elephant Skin
Black walls — Behr Satin Black

DINING ROOM
Table and chairs – Family heirloom
Rug – Urban Outfitters
Pendant shade – Crate and Barrel
Plant wall – Supplies from Home Depot (gutters), The Natural Gardener (plants), and IKEA (shelves)

LIVING ROOM
Couch – IKEA (they don't have this specific one any more, but plenty like it)
Couch legs — Amazon
Side table – Target (they don't have this specific one any more, but plenty like it)
Black lamp – IKEA (they don't have this specific one any more, but plenty like it)
Gold lamp – Target (they don't have this specific one any more, but plenty like it)
Coffee table – Family heirloom
Hutch – Family heirloom
Chair – Family heirloom
Plant picture – Ikea
Round mirror – Michaels (Bought it almost 10 years ago super discounted)
Plant stand – Ikea (they don't have this specific one any more, but plenty like it)
Fiddle leaf fig basket – Target
Rug – Amazon
Plants – The Natural Gardener
Curtain rod – Target
Curtains — IKEA

MASTER BEDROOM
Bed frame – Ikea
Bed linens — Ikea
Wood wall – Home Depot
Shelves – Ikea
Chair – Ikea
Side table – Ikea
Floor lamp – Target
Pendant lamp – Target
Rug art – Target
Pillows – Target
Plants – The Natural Gardener
Curtain rod – Target
Curtains — Ikea

NURSERY CORNER
Bassinet – Craigslist
Cart – IKEA
Canvas box – Amazon
Changing table – DIY
Art – DIY on Canva (free design templates) with Unsplash (free pictures)
Rug — Amazon

TODDLER BEDROOM
Crib – IKEA
Rug – Amazon
Book Shelf – IKEA (I think it was Ikea, but it was given to us)
Dresser – Family heirloom
Art line – IKEA
Little chair – Family heirloom
Lamp – Target
Curtain rod – Target
Curtain — IKEA

Thanks, Tamera and Max!


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