Small Space Solutions: Seattle Apartment Dining Area

Small space solutions, tips and inspiration.
Plus, how to fit a dining area into a small apartment!

Small Space Solutions: Seattle Apartment Dining Area

This small space solutions post is in partnership with World Market

If you love small spaces or happen to live in one, you know it can sometimes be challenging to fit everything you need into the little space you have available. And when one small room has to serve many functions, you really have to do some creative planning.

Speaking of small spaces, you might recall that my daughter Courtney recently moved into her very first apartment. It’s looking so adorable! Today we thought we’d give you a peek at how it’s coming along. You’ll see how she fit a dining area into her living area and get some of her helpful small space solutions and tips.

Small Space Solutions: Seattle Apartment Dining Area

Hi friends, it’s Courtney here. I’ve been having so much fun living in (and decorating!) my new apartment. Little by little I’ve been getting more settled and figuring out the best way to maximize every square inch. Even though I know it’s a small space compared to many apartments and homes, to me it actually feels pretty spacious.

After living in a teeny bedroom for the past several years, it’s so fun to not only have a kitchen, but a living room, a home office and a guest room, too.

Even if they are technically all one in the same space.

Small Space Solutions: Seattle Apartment Dining Area

I was so excited about my first place that I bought my dining room table months before I started looking for an apartment. My mom actually used it as an end table next to her sofa until I was ready to move in (she loved it so much that I was a little worried she might not give it back, ha!).

It might have been a little risky to buy something like a dining table without knowing if I’d have room for it, except I knew this small table would work almost anywhere.

Small space tip: Invest in flexible furniture.

Not only can a table like this serve as a beautiful side table, it’s a perfect small dining table for up to four guests! It also serves as extra prep area in the kitchen and a crafting area for me, so it’s a hardworking surface!

Small Space Solutions: Seattle Apartment Dining Area

I use this dining table everyday to eat or work at. It’s been the perfect spot for having friends over to visit! Who says you have to have a separate dining room to gather around a table?

Small Space Solutions: Seattle Apartment Dining Area

Small Space Solutions: Seattle Apartment Dining Area

My second purchase after the table was this set of cute Windsor chairs. I had my eye on these forever! They work perfectly around the dining table, but can also be pulled up for guests in the living area or set up at a desk.

Small Space Solutions: Seattle Apartment Dining Area

The round shape of the table and rounded back on the chairs really help maximize the small space. No sharp corners make traffic flow around the table more comfortable with breathing room to spare, too.

Small space tip: Consider the appropriate shape and scale for furniture pieces to maximize both style and space!

Small Space Solutions: Seattle Apartment Dining Area

My mom talks a lot about the importance of creating ambience and setting a cozy mood with lighting. She’s right, new lighting has already made such a difference in warming up my living area. Until this past week I actually didn’t have any lamps in my living / dining area. My apartment felt really dark at night, so I was excited to get my very first floor lamp! It’s been a game changer, or “mood changer.”

Small Space Solutions: Seattle Apartment Dining Area

The floor lamp brings a nice night time glow I can enjoy from the eating area, too.

Small Space Solutions: Seattle Apartment Dining Area

Small space tip: Floor lamps not only warm up a small room, but they take up very little floor space!

Small Space Solutions: Seattle Apartment Dining AreaMarble Mugs / Table / Chairs

Small Space Solutions: Seattle Apartment Dining Area

Small Space Solutions: Seattle Apartment Dining Area

I’m also having fun collecting dishes and table accessories I love. Even though I really only have a few cups, plates and bowls so far, I can say that I love each and every thing in my cabinets. I’d rather have five cups I love and use than a cabinet overflowing with stuff I don’t really enjoy!

Small space tip: Only keep and acquire things you need and love. Strive for less stuff, more style.

These dishes can be found at World Market (sources linked at the end of the post).

Small Space Solutions: Seattle Apartment Dining Area

Small Space Solutions: Seattle Apartment Dining AreaMarble Canister

Small Space Solutions: Seattle Apartment Dining Area

Small Space Solutions: Seattle Apartment Dining Area

Another really cool thing about this table for a small space is it has two drop leaf sides! It can be set flush against a window, wall or sofa to be even more space-efficient.

Small Space Solutions: Seattle Apartment Dining Area

Small space tip: Drop leaf and nesting style tables maximize the available space.

Small Space Solutions: Seattle Apartment Dining Area

Small Space Solutions: Seattle Apartment Dining Area

You might recognize this pretty ottoman. My mom had it in her home for years and I always loved it. Lucky me, she brought it over to me when I moved in! I discovered that I love having an ottoman as a coffee table. It really softens the feel of the room and it has come in handy as an extra place to sit, too!

Small Space Solutions: Seattle Apartment Dining Area

Small space tip: Ottomans can be used both as a coffee table and extra seating in a small space. Add a tray as a hard surface for beverages.

Small Space Solutions: Seattle Apartment Dining Area

Small Space Solutions: Seattle Apartment Dining Area

Small Space Solutions: Seattle Apartment Dining Area

(me with my sister, Kylee!)

Small Space Solutions: Seattle Apartment Dining Area  Small Space Solutions: Seattle Apartment Dining Area

Small Space Solutions: Seattle Apartment Dining Area

I am so happy with how this room is coming together!

Thank you for stopping by. I promise to be back soon with more from my apartment. I already have plans for a few additions to this space :).

>> Come follow me on Instagram (and Instagram stories) for more updates here! <<

PS. My mom made some fun changes in her house that she will show you soon, too. I love how she often repurposes and uses things she already has, but can make a room feel like a totally different space. It inspires me!

Small Space Solutions: Seattle Apartment Dining Area

Shop for dining room furniture here.
Find a small space guide from World Market here.
Shop for dishes and dining room accessories here.

I partnered with World Market on some of the sources in this post.

Shop sources below and find more decor from my home in my shop here.

Small Space Solutions: Seattle Apartment Dining Area

Sources:

White Bowls

Marbled Mugs

Dining Table

Dining Chairs

White Handled Crock

White Glass Hobnail Cups

Red Striped Towels

Gray & White Marble Canister

Tufted Ottoman

Gold Mirrored Tray

Floor Lamp

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!

Seattle Apartment Tour: Courtney's New Place
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