Seattle Apartment Tour: Courtney’s New Place

Seattle Apartment Tour: Courtney's New Place

Seattle Apartment Tour: Courtney's New Place

Hi! Courtney here today! The last time we chatted here I was sharing a tour of my tiny bedroom in my sister’s townhouse, and also the announcement of my move. If you missed that post, you can catch up here. Today I’m excited to be sharing with you a tour of my very first apartment in Seattle!

It’s been just about almost a month since I moved in now…wow, time is flying! I took these photos before I moved in (hence the emptiness). This tour will be mostly me showing you the layout of my new space, but if you’ve been following my photos and stories on Instagram, you’ve seen some sneak peeks of how it’s looking so far!

Let’s start the tour, shall we?

Seattle Apartment Tour: Courtney's New Place

But first, here’s me on move-in day getting my picture taken by my mom, looking a bit like a first day of school picture. :)

This picture actually reminds me of the picture my mom took of me on my first day of kindergarten. Both momentous occasions! Since I mentioned it, I might as well just put this right here…..

Seattle Apartment Tour: Courtney's New Place

Ha! Alright, that’s enough reminiscing. That’s not what we’re here for. :) On with the tour!

Seattle Apartment Tour: Courtney's New Place

This is my entryway! I didn’t expect to have such a designated entry (I thought it would just enter right into the apartment), so I’m really excited about having this as a welcoming spot.

Seattle Apartment Tour: Courtney's New Place

Here is what you see once you walk past the entry. That door on the left is my bathroom, and the double louvered doors on the right are where my washer and dryer are. The opening on the left is my bedroom. This apartment is considered an ‘open one bedroom’, so it has a separate bedroom space but without full walls. Some ‘open one bedrooms’ have sliding frosted glass doors to separate off the bedroom, but I’ve really enjoyed having it open while still being its own space.

Seattle Apartment Tour: Courtney's New Place

The bedroom has a cutout opening on one wall, letting tons of natural light in from the kitchen/living room.

Seattle Apartment Tour: Courtney's New PlaceThe right side of the bedroom

Seattle Apartment Tour: Courtney's New PlaceThe left side of the bedroom

Seattle Apartment Tour: Courtney's New Place

This is the wall directly across from my bed. Straight ahead is my closet. The amount of storage in this apartment has been amazing! I definitely had to get creative with my small space solutions in my last room, and it worked out pretty well. But it’s been great to be able to spread out my stuff a bit now instead of cramming everything in. I feel much more organized!

Seattle Apartment Tour: Courtney's New Place

Seattle Apartment Tour: Courtney's New Place

Before I toured this apartment, I pictured that the washer and dryer would be stacked in a closet in the bathroom (which would have been great!). But the side-by-side washer and dryer tucked away in a closet was an unexpected joy! I guess that makes me kind of a real adult…feeling joyful about laundry? :)

Seattle Apartment Tour: Courtney's New Place

This is the bathroom. There’s a ton of storage and counter space with this vanity, and a linen closet on the opposite wall next to a shower/bath. I’ve been liking that most of the storage in this apartment is concealed by doors. I do love open storage sometimes, but there’s something really nice and tidy about being able to just tuck most things out of sight.

Seattle Apartment Tour: Courtney's New Place

Okay, now let’s head into my favorite parts…the kitchen and living area!

Seattle Apartment Tour: Courtney's New Place

This is the living/kitchen/dining room. The floors are a nice grayish wood laminate (the floors are the same throughout the whole apartment). The floor to ceiling windows give this space so much natural light all day! The dark gray blinds were here when I moved in and I pull those down in the evening. I will probably add a curtain panel on either side of these windows just for softness!

Seattle Apartment Tour: Courtney's New Place

My very own kitchen!

Seattle Apartment Tour: Courtney's New PlaceTufted Ottoman Source

Here’s one picture of the kitchen a few days after I moved in. I felt at home really quickly in this apartment, even when I had no idea where my silverware or hair dryer were and there were random boxes strewn about. Let’s be honest, there still are a few boxes strewn about. But it’s getting there!

Seattle Apartment Tour: Courtney's New Place

I’m thinking this whole area by the windows is going to be the perfect spot for lots and lots of plants! Will I keep them alive is the question…?

Seattle Apartment Tour: Courtney's New Place

Here is what it looks like from the kitchen looking back toward the bedroom and entry hall.

Seattle Apartment Tour: Courtney's New Place

So, that’s the tour!

I’m so thankful for this new season of life here. As someone who has always loved design and all things home, it’s not an exaggeration to say it’s a dream come true for me to have this space. I know this is a season I’ll always remember! I’ve been having lots of fun decorating and making this apartment my home for the last month and I can’t wait to share my progress on The Inspired Room! Stay tuned.

Seattle Apartment Tour: Courtney's New Place

In the meantime, feel free to come follow me on Instagram where I often share homey photos and Insta stories!

Thanks for stopping by my first place, friends!

PS. If you haven’t had a chance yet, don’t forget to vote for our three rug designs for the Annie Selke Rug Design competition! It’s an easy ‘like’ on Instagram here , here and here. The top 10 rugs will be produced in 2018– what a dream that would be! We can’t do it without you guys so thank you so much for your support!

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney’s Room)

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)
Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

Well, hello! It’s Courtney (Melissa’s daughter) here today! Some of you who have been around The Inspired Room for awhile might remember a few years ago when I moved into a tiny bedroom, (actually it was probably intended to be an office) on the entry level of my sister Kylee and brother-in-law’s Seattle townhouse.

By little, we’re talking less than 9 feet by 9 feet with a sliding door on one wall, and a bit smaller because of an angled wall. At first, I wasn’t even sure if I could fit a twin bed in here! With a little creativity and very intentional choices, this room became a really comfortable spot. It’s still a small space for sure, but I decided to make the most out of its coziness. I completely love how it turned out.

I can’t even believe it’s been almost three years now that I’ve lived here! When I first moved in, I had been out of college for a year and had just started my dream job–working for The Inspired Room full time. I shared this empty room on the blog with high hopes that I would document the whole decorating process, but here we are a few years later and I’m just sharing the reveal! You’ll have to forgive me, ha! :) I’ve been a little bit busy since then, along for the ride throughout every project, blog post, and book creation.

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

So now that I’m finally here to show you my finished room, it seems like the appropriate time to share that I’m actually MOVING. Like, today…as you read this blog post.

I’m so excited to be moving to my very own, very first apartment! Eeee! It’s been in the works for awhile, but Seattle is a spendy city to live in so I’ve been taking my time and enjoying living here until I found the right next spot.

I cannot wait to show you all my new home. I can’t wait to get in there and start making it my own! I won’t promise how frequently I will do blog posts on here because we know how that went last time. ;) But I can tell you that there’s a strong chance that I’ll have a lot more to share.

If you want a sneak peek of my new place, come follow me on Instagram! I’ll be sharing Insta stories TODAY and this weekend throughout the moving process, and more stories and photos as I get settled.

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

But now, back to my current room!

This room has treated me so well. It’s been the coziest little nest. I love all the natural light it gets throughout the day–such a game changer in a small space. It has its own bathroom attached and a closet. A very tiny closet, but enough room to hang a few things and tuck away some clothes! I’ll show you a peek into the closet and my other storage later on in this post.

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)Daybed / Sisal rug

If there was one thing I knew before I moved into this space, it’s that I was going to need to be very intentional with my furniture choices to make them as functional as possible. First and foremost, my daybed!

I considered lots of daybed options (I shared a round-up here), but I’ve been so happy with the one I chose. I utilized the space below with storage boxes–no wasted space in here! I filled the bed up with lots of cozy pillows including three firm Euro pillows in the back. I plan on using the daybed as my sofa in my new apartment–just as I hoped would be the case when I first bought it!

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

The shelving unit to the left of my bed is called the Ikea Lack Shelf. I don’t think there could have been a more perfect option for this small spot! It not only was great for displaying books and accessories but it also held a clamp light for reading. The shelf has the option of being hung up on the wall, but I didn’t do that.

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

This little ottoman with an added mirrored tray has been my trusty nightstand and a coffee table, but the top lifts off and reveals that it’s actually full of shoes :) Triple-duty for the win.

This sisal rug has been a great addition to the room, too. I love the subtle pattern and texture it brings to the space.

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

I wanted to use this angled wall as a spot for a little ‘entry’ table. It was surprisingly difficult to find the right size table for this wall! I tried a few options before this that just weren’t right. I ended up finding this great console table from Ikea with a shelf below for books. I knew I’d constantly run into the corners of a rectangular console, so the curved shape was perfect.

The pretty canvas is from the talented Lindsay Letters.

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)White Pencil Tin

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

String lights were a necessity in here. I rarely ever use the overhead light because these are so warm and magical!

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

One great perk I discovered with this small space is that in order to access my closet, I had to make my bed first thing everyday. Not just because my mom told me to, but this corner is where I staked my extra pillows stacked at night. So, in order to even get to my closet, I had to make my bed. Ha! Small space problems.

I would have made my bed either way, though, because a tiny room with an unmade bed as the main feature would just not be very inviting.

I added a tension rod to my closet, a hanging shelf system, a plastic drawer unit, and over-the-door hooks to maximize every square inch of my space.

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)Shower Curtain (sadly sold out!) // Bath Mat // Black & White Rug

There’s my bathroom, also on the small side but definitely not the tiniest!

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

This right here is the main reason I survived in the storage department. It’s the IKEA Pax Wardrobe with the Bergsbo door. It comes as an empty frame that you can customize with shelves or drawers inside. I added multiple shelves and a soft closing drawer.

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

Thank goodness for closed storage! Having these shelves concealed kept the room feeling calm and simple instead of chaotic.

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

I also added this gold handle in the 10.5 inch size. I had to use a drill to make this happen, people. Very proud of my DIY skills.

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

An over-the-door mirror helped to visually expand the space and bounced in some extra light, too.

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)Hooks / Similar Backpack

This right here is my mudroom. Hahaha. But seriously, these hooks behind my door were a great spot for coats or bags. I love the shallow little shelf for styling, too.

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

I layered a couple of rugs in here to jazz up the wall to wall carpet and make it feel homey.

Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

I’m going to miss this room for sure! I get a little sentimental when it comes to homes because they represent so much more than just decor or furniture, you know? A lot of life was lived with this cozy place always welcoming me back! I’m grateful to my sister and brother-in-law for letting their little sis rent this tiny space so I could have a smoother and more affordable transition from college life to official adulting. :)

I hope you enjoyed my tour today. I’m excited for the adventures ahead as I move into my next home.

Don’t forget to come follow me on Instagram to get a sneak peek of my new Seattle apartment and watch my stories as I move in this weekend!

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Tiny Bedroom Tour (Courtney's Room)

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Daybed

IKEA Lack Wall Shelf Unit

Sisal Patterned Rug

Blue and White Floral Pillow Cover

Gray Textured Pillow Cover

Single IKEA Pax Wardrobe Frame with Bergsbo door

Wardrobe gold handle

Ticking stripe duvet and pillowcases

6 Shelf Hanging Closet Organizer

Copper String Lights

Hook Rail with Shelf

Over-the-Door Mirror (similar)

White Console Table

White Tin Pencil Box with Teepee (on console)

Floral Pencils

Floral Books on Shelf

White and Gold Plug-in Wall Sconce

Wall Clock by Newgate (mine is this one)

White Alarm Clock

Floral Art Print

“A Good Deed” Art Print

Gray Storage Ottoman

Gold Mirrored Tray

Watercolor Calligraphy Canvas

Brown Cable Knit Throw

Pink Throw Blanket

Blue and White Lamp – Thrifted

Blue and White Backpack (same brand, similar style)

White Euro Shams

Euro Pillow Inserts (similar)

White Cotton Blanket

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