Archives for January 2019

Kitchen Redesign Tips

Kitchen Redesign Tips

I get lots of remodeling questions from readers, so today I thought I’d share a few tips for redesigning a kitchen!

1) Take your time!

Be inspired by photos, but don’t get too swept away with significant changes or decisions made on impulse. Sometimes those ideas work out or are easy to change, but even a coat of paint can turn into an unfortunate regret, depending on where and how you use it. 

2) Decide wisely.

Don’t be swayed by advice you find on the internet if it contradicts common sense or makes you worried about a classic choice. Design whims will come and go with fads and seasons, so make sure you do good research and choose elements you can live with. With that said, if you choose wisely you won’t have to be stuck with every design choice for 30 years.

3) Dark kitchens get dirty, too.

Your kitchen will get just as dirty no matter which color of cabinets or counters you choose. Hiding grime may or may not be your style. Don’t assume light is harder to clean than dark or vice versa. Both have their own advantages and challenges, depending on your home and the materials that are used.

4) Choose what you love.

Blend ideas that suit your house with what stirs your heart!

Below are some of my own kitchen remodeling posts:

My kitchen remodeling reveal post is here!

Our galley kitchen remodel sources

Herringbone Tile Flooring

Shiplap Walls Behind Stove & Sink

Carrara Quartz Counters

Where we got the Dutch Doors

Kitchen Remodel: Four Design Tips

How we chose our kitchen appliances

How we mixed and matched our kitchen hardware

Have you redesigned your kitchen recently?

What are some of your favorite tips?

Courtney’s Seattle Studio Apartment Tour

Courtney's Seattle Studio Apartment Tour

Hi there! This is Courtney here, Melissa’s daughter, taking over the blog today!

About a year and a half ago, I moved into my very first apartment of my own in Seattle. It’s been a total dream come true for me to have a place of my own! I’m so grateful for this space.

When I first moved in you may have seen the empty tour of my apartment, as well as some peeks in a few other blog posts like this one. I also share photos of my apartment all the time on Instagram if you follow me there, but I’m excited to be here today to give you an official tour!

Courtney's Seattle Studio Apartment Tour

If you’ve been around the blog for awhile, you know that I used to live with my sister Kylee in her townhouse in a super tiny bedroom (you can take that tour here!). I got really used to living in that small space, so living in my 600 square foot studio apartment now basically feels like I’m living in a mansion (haha!).

A few notes: the photos in this post weren’t all taken the same day, so you might notice things moving around or notice a rogue pumpkin on my dining table…rest assured that is not there anymore, ha. :)

I’ll share sources below the photos throughout this post, but if you want to head straight to the source list you can click here.

Courtney's Seattle Studio Apartment Tour

This is my main living space! My favorite part of my little home is how much natural light there is. The entire back wall of my apartment is floor to ceiling windows, so lots of cheery light pours in all year round. I work full time with my mom for The Inspired Room, and about half the week I work from home right here in this space.

Courtney's Seattle Studio Apartment Tour

White Vintage Tea Kettle / White Toaster / Pink Pot

This is my kitchen! I’m not the most elaborate cook by any means, so this has been plenty of space for me. My latest cooking adventure has been learning how to use my Instant Pot!

Courtney's Seattle Studio Apartment Tour

Gold wall grid / Mug tree / Coffee Maker

I wouldn’t be my mother’s daughter if I didn’t have a coffee station. :) She taught me well!

(The coffee maker I have is this one!)

Courtney's Seattle Studio Apartment Tour

Mug tree / Similar Mugs

Courtney's Seattle Studio Apartment Tour

Black floor lamp / Shelf by desk

That wall cutout above looks through to where my bedroom is! It’s a bit of an awkward wall, but I love how it lets natural light through to my bedroom. My desk area has actually changed a bit since I took these photos. I rarely sat at my desk to work, so it’s now a TV stand!

Courtney's Seattle Studio Apartment Tour

Daybed / Ottoman (out of stock, similar here or more here / Rug / Similar Dining Chairs

Courtney's Seattle Studio Apartment Tour

My dining table is a drop leaf pedestal style, which has been perfect for this small space! I usually leave it open, but the drop leaves have been handy occasionally when I need to make more room! I often use this table as my desk, too.

Courtney's Seattle Studio Apartment Tour

White Metal Bookshelf

If you took the tour of my old tiny bedroom, you might remember that this daybed was my main bed before. For reference of how tiny my old bedroom was, it was probably only two feet wider than this daybed (about 9×9 overall!). I originally bought the daybed planning to use it as my couch in a future place, and now here it is! It’s been perfect to have as a guest bed when friends come to visit Seattle, too.

Courtney's Seattle Studio Apartment Tour

String of Pearls Vase / Little Women Book

I often post about my struggles keeping plants alive on my Instagram stories, but this string of pearls plant has been going strong! I’m proud. :)

Courtney's Seattle Studio Apartment Tour

Bunny Planter / Perfectly Imperfect Book

Recently I realized that I have some sort of quirky animal art or accessory in basically every corner of my apartment…they make me happy!

Courtney's Seattle Studio Apartment Tour

Drop leaf pedestal dining table / similar dining chairs

My apartment is often the go-to destination for me, my mom, and my sister when we have important work meetings since there are no wild dogs to distract us here! ;) Someday I hope to have my own little white Westie…but for now I’m happy with my role as “dog aunt” to all the doodles in our family.

Courtney's Seattle Studio Apartment Tour

Similar White Metal Beds / Mint pharmacy lamp / Copper String Lights

This is my bedroom! I often see studio apartments in Seattle with a sliding frosted glass door to separate the bedroom off, but mine is wide open and I really love how spacious it makes it feel.

I believe my parents bought this pretty bed at Rejuvenation years ago. I love how the footboard acts like a subtle visual “separator” for the space! I rounded up some similar bed sources here.

Courtney's Seattle Studio Apartment Tour

Floral measuring cup / Oil rack – HomeGoods

When I was apartment hunting, I was anticipating a very tiny studio apartment, so the fact that I ended up having room for a bookshelf and two nightstands in my bedroom was a surprise to me! I love using this bookshelf as my little oils station to pick out what to diffuse at night.

Courtney's Seattle Studio Apartment Tour
Courtney's Seattle Studio Apartment Tour
Courtney's Seattle Studio Apartment Tour

The double doors on the right above are where my washer and dryer are (which you may have seen in my mom’s book Simple Organizing!) or in this post.

Courtney's Seattle Studio Apartment Tour

This was another surprise when I first toured my apartment! I was anticipating stacked laundry in the bathroom closet, but I’ve really loved having the side by side washer and dryer. You know you’re becoming a real live adult when you are excited about the washer and dryer situation! You can see more of my laundry closet organization here.

Courtney's Seattle Studio Apartment Tour

Straight ahead is my entryway!

Courtney's Seattle Studio Apartment Tour

Framed cactus art / Whale Art / IKEA Pax Wardrobe Frame with Bergsbo door and this gold handle

The door on the right is my bathroom (no tour of that yet, it’s a work in progress!).

Courtney's Seattle Studio Apartment Tour
Courtney's Seattle Studio Apartment Tour

I had this entry table in my old bedroom. It’s the perfect little spot to set my keys when I come home, and the leaning frame disguises an electrical box behind it (especially when the frame is moved over to the right an inch or so, ha!). Budget tip: frame a sheet of Rifle Paper Company gift wrap for inexpensive large art!

Courtney's Seattle Studio Apartment Tour

Dip-dyed stool

Courtney's Seattle Studio Apartment Tour
Courtney's Seattle Studio Apartment Tour

Okay friends, that’s the tour! Thanks for following along, I hope you enjoyed! Be sure to follow me on Instagram to see more of my apartment adventures, I post stories and behind the scenes from the blog all the time! :)

Courtney's Seattle Studio Apartment Tour
Courtney's Seattle Studio Apartment Tour

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Courtney's Seattle Studio Apartment Tour

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