I am pleased and surprised by the feedback on Friday’s post, so glad y’all liked the song, and if it somehow changes a few hearts and minds out there, then that is grand.
Today we are going to talk about work. I kind of don’t know how to set up this project, because it is a personal project, and some of you eagle eyes will recognize a few pieces of our furniture that we donated to the cause, but it ain’t my personal bidness to share…Sooo what we will say is that this was an apartment fluff up done on the major budget, and I hope it is inspiring to see what a huge impact combining budget and splurges can have.
These pictures were taken with the previous tenants stuff, but it wasn’t bad… The set up is weird because you enter into the bedroom…And then the bathroom/closet was a problem. The bathroom was so tiny Pete could literally not close the shower door and move around. The closet wasn’t bad, but the space is being shared by a mother and a daughter and it just wasn’t functional. So we combined the former closet to create a bigger bathroom, and then turned what was a hallway to an old elevator shaft into the closet. And like I said, really the space is not bad for what it was. We just wanted to make it special for the very special people moving in here, two incredible people who have been through a lot in life, and we wanted them to have a happy lady space. The before and afters probably demonstrate this better than I am communicating right now.
I apologize in advance…These pictures are not styled at all. I literally worked on the install for 10 hours on Friday and snapped these before I left because I am not sure I am going to be able to get in there to get proper pictures once the ladies move in, and I wanted to share it with y’all!
The bathroom is immediately to the right when you walk in, and there was the smallest pedestal sink I have ever seen. The width of the space stayed the same, but by combining the bathroom with the old closet it was much longer and we were able to move the toilet so there could be a better sink situation for two.
During construction. We saved by using white penny rounds and subway tiles from home depot, literally about the cheapest tile you can find. Adding the black grout made it special. Then we splurged on the shower fixture and door.
The black grout, and then the pink stripes totally elevate the whole situation. To me this looks like a super fancy situation, when really the major elements are all budget, and the accessories and some DIY finishes are luxe.
We had a lot of life we had to account for in here. The couch was a hand-me-down and is a pullout. The table is another hand-me-down and has two more chairs and can be pulled into the center of the room if they are entertaining, but to save space lives against the window otherwise. Curtains are coming this week.
We also had to fit in a desk area because the daughter is still in high school. That is a lot of functionality for such a small space, but I love how it all came together and think (and hope and pray) that they are going to be really happy here!
If you would like to be a part of this kind of action, I will be accepting resumes until Thursday, so head over to The Everygirl to learn more about interning with me at Biscuit.
I am super excited for our post tomorrow, sharing the pictures from Gracie’s first 1st Birthday Party in Chicago catered by the always incredible Truffleberry Market. Cofounder/Chef Brittany was kind enough to impart some major party planning wisdom for all of us, and a recipe for the most delicious apps in the world evers.