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Welcome back to The Sweetest Escape! I realize I went radio silent on my blog the last couple months and I don’t like it. I feel like the last few weeks I’ve lacked motivation/creativity/direction and it’s resulted in no new content on my blog or social media. The proper term for what I’m going through is a “funk.”

I’m still traveling, but not anywhere new or worth blogging about in my mind. I’m still traveling 1-2 weekends a month, usually to see my boyfriend in Florida or going back to California. Luckily I have some great trips coming up and I can’t wait to share them with y’all! I’m looking forward to doing a “Gameday Weekend in Tuscaloosa” post at the end of the month!

I’ve actually stayed put in Austin the last couple weeks and it’s given me time to focus on my apartment. I’ve been in my apartment for 5 1/2 months and it’s been coming together slowly. There are still quite a few things I’d like to do/buy, but I finally realized it could take several more months for it to feel really complete and worth sharing. So instead of waiting, I want to take y’all through the process and continue to update this post as I finish more things.

When I first moved in, I scoured Pinterest and Instagram looking for inspiration and tips for styling a studio apartment and I couldn’t find anything that fit what I needed for my layout. My studio is 485 square feet, which is basically a glorified shoebox so I needed major organization tips.

Also, if you’re not aware, furniture, accessories, and appliances are not cheap, even for a small space! I haven’t won the lotto yet, and I have champagne taste on a beer budget. My go-to websites for finding inexpensive, yet quality furniture are Joss & Main, Target, and Wayfair. Shopping in-store I swear by Hobby Lobby, HomeGoods, and Marshall’s. I’ve found some of my best stuff from Texas Antique Week and other random antique stores so definitely check out your local spots as well. Nearly everything I’ve bought for my apartment was on sale or a major steal because I refuse to pay full-price for anything.

Here are the links to what I found online:

Upholstered Nailhead Bed

Grey Linen Chesterfield Sofa

Distressed Blue Nighstands

White Desk

White Ruffle Comforter and Shams (I get a lot of questions about this!)

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My studio has concrete floors, 10-foot ceilings, and huge windows os there’s already an industrial feel to start. I wanted an upholstered headboard so the space wouldn’t look as harsh. I love this one I found on Joss & Main because of nailhead wings. It’s a queen-sized bed, but it seems larger because the headboard is so tall.

Yesterday, I decided to start a gallery wall above my bed and I’m still looking for art and pictures to add to it! While I love the color and look of my nightstands, I would NOT recommend them to y’all. They are poorly made and extremely hard to assemble. Took me five hours and many curse words to finish those and I still feel like they may crumble into a million pieces while I’m sleeping.

The chicken wire lamps are my favorite thing ever because they were a steal. I was originally holding out for similar looking lamps that cost around $300 a piece (ouch), but I found these at Hobby Lobby and they are the perfect dupe.

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Buying this sofa was such a huge win for me because it was on sale AND it meant I didn’t have to eat on the edge of my bed anymore. The trunk and the flag are both from antique stores. The trunk is one of my most prized possessions – I hope to keep it forever and pass it down one day. I scored the barn wood floor mirror from Hobby Lobby for $100, which is very cheap when it come to mirrors. My side table is really just a crate I got from HomeGoods a long time ago, but it fits perfectly in that corner and it’s good book storage!

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My boyfriend lovingly calls me “the plant lady” because he says I’m obsessed with my plants. I don’t even have that many, but I tell him they are good for cleaning the air and they are pretty! I live by myself so when I get bored I just talk to them like they’re my friends. Anyone else do that? Anyone?….

Still working on making this area more functional. I plan on hanging a TV above my desk and replacing the chair. Right now I just throw my mail on the desk and avoid directing my gaze in this area ha.

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I can’t stress this enough, organization is crucial when you live in a small space. My kitchen is the most organized space in my apartment mostly because I spend the most amount of time here. I don’t have a pantry, but I do utilize my cabinet space to keep my counters clutter free.

I love my little coffee bar and Nespresso maker. It really is a game changer because now I can make lattes at home! This Nespresso was a splurge because it came with the milk frother, but I got it during the 25% off sale last week to save some money and I know I’ll use it daily.

My little retro felt board is so fun and they are really trendy right now. I got this one from Hobby Lobby over the weekend and they even have different colors and sizes. Not going to lie, I’ve been stealing little sayings from the El Arroyo Instagram. If you don’t follow them already go do it, their signs are hysterical.

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Here’s a little peek at my bathroom. I’ll add more organization and bathroom photos once I get that space finished. Living in a small spaces requires ultimate organization. If I even have two items out of place my apartment can look cluttered. The drawer organizers are from The Container Store, I got them during a big sale! I started following The Home Edit on The Neat Method on Instagram for organization inspiration. I like these drawer organizers because it’s not one-size-fits all. They also sell these at HomeGoods occasionally and they are priced cheaper than at The Container Store.

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That’s all I have for now folks, but I look forward to getting back into the grove and sharing new content will y’all. I think the best cure for getting out of this funk is writing and luckily I have the platform to do so. Don’t forget to subscribe to The Sweetest Escape to see more blog posts!

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