My Living Space
This is my apartment living room. It opens up to the dining space which looks out on my big fenced patio. I have vinyl flooring, which is great with dogs.
I use a few main paint colors throughout my apartment. The green you see above on the dresser is also used on the furniture pieces on either side of my bed in my bedroom. I use a yellow-gold color throughout, as well as a light French blue and red.
That is Abi you see above, who somehow manages to get in most of my photos.
The French blue coffee table gave me reason to use various shades of blue accessories in my living room, such as quilts.
That is Charlie above.
I have decorated the wall behind my couch with more muted colors, so as not to overwhelm the space. The signs and wash boards remind of a former time. I love birds and nature, which is depicted by the big bird print and the fern leave framed print.
I also love old bottles, which you can see on my coffee table. I have sewing machine tables on either side of my couch for use as side tables.
Abi and Charlie are also in this pic. Charlie is on his bed, and Abi is on the ottoman.
This is the other side of my couch. I have had the big mirror for years and brought it with me from Texas when I moved to Oklahoma.
I use house plants to bring in nature and texture and just because I love them!
My Dining Space
I painted my furniture in the dining space the yellow-gold paint I mentioned above. The coffee bar, the thin tall piece I use as a pantry, and my $10 kitchen table you can see below.
The French blue paint is the color of my hutch in the corner, where you can also see my fenced patio.
I use indoor/outdoor red chairs (Pier 1) at my table. I find them incredibly versatile because you can use them indoors or out, they are light-weight and very durable.
I love the color red, but I use it judiciously and scattered throughout so as not to overpower my small home.
You can read about how I decorated my kitchen cabinets and such here.
This red cabinet is my other pantry, where I store cereal and chips and snacks. The big rolling wood cart (World Market) is where I store bake ware and dog food.
Since I don’t have a stove (taken out so I could have a portable washing machine), I cook my food in this Breville oven. This is my second one and I love them.
In this photo you can see the portable washing machine. I hook it up to the kitchen faucet when I want to do laundry.
In a small home, it is important to utilize your walls for vertical storage. I wrote about the storage above here.
I advocate switching out hardware such as drawer pulls and knobs if you live in a rented home. Save the ones you take off to switch back in case you move.
I recently had to get a new bed because my other thrift store bed frame broke. I bought the bed frame at Ashley Furniture.
I like to use dressers and alternate furniture pieces as bedside tables. I happen to have my bed linens stored in the drawers, as I don’t have a linen closet.
I used to quilt, and made many of the quilts you see in my home.
I love fairy lights and have them inside the larger green bottle.
I was given the two red lamps from Wayfair a few years ago. They’re nice and tall and provide good reading light. I review books for publishing companies and authors, so I have a stack of books stored here to read and review.
I spent some money in my bathroom, even though I rent, because I’ve lived here four years and plan to live here a lot longer. I bought the high toilet when I moved in. And in 2017 I had this new vanity put in.
I had the long wall mirror that was adhered to the wall taken down, and I put up this mirror ($22) up instead.
I also switched out the bathroom faucet, just as I did in the kitchen.
This wonderful large fenced-in patio is the main reason I rented this one-level apartment. Being one level was another plus. I adore this space and truly enjoy container gardening out here.
I have two seating areas. Multiple garden spaces, bird baths and bird houses. I have garden art dotted among the plants like gazing balls and other finds.
I plant flowers, vegetables and herbs in the various containers.
I also have this 3×6 foot raised garden I found at an online source. I have hostas and various other plants planted here. It also serves as a “dog potty!”
I brought this piece of driftwood all the way from Texas. I love the texture against the greenery. I also plant succulent/sedums inside the little cavities of the driftwood.
I added “Jade”, my Jade butterfly tree, found at Southwood Nursery, fall of 2017. Since the complex cut down the two invasive trees in my yard, I decided to have a container tree on a rolling tray.
I enjoy the sounds of wind chimes and bird song out here. I watch the funny squirrels and enjoy the scent of herbs and flowers.
This patio is truly my happy place.