Mini Apartment Makeover

Blame it on the grey weather and extra time being stuck in the apartment or maybe it's the fact that I feel like I am living on my own with Brad gone this week, but I am itching to make a change to the apartment while he is away... shh, don't tell.

It doesn't help that I keep getting emails from West Elm everyday, or my co-worker, Tyler, being the nice guy he is, left a West Elm magazine on my desk yesterday, because he knows my weakness for the store. Fueling my fire. Stores like West Elm make me want to do drastic, expensive makeovers to a space that is not my own.  However, once I came back to reality and realized I do not have the funding and the apartment is not truly mine to makeover, I decided to try and come up with small, inexpensive ways to add personal style to the place.

So, last night when I was killing time before bed, I was browsing Pinterest and came across some very cute coffee table arrangements and decided decorating our coffee table would be the perfect way to fill my design craving in an inexpensive way.  This is what happens when you get up off the couch to head to bed and then look at the clock and see it is only 8:26 - you are forced to kill time on Pinterest and wait for an acceptable time to actually go to bed aka 9:01pm.

all images found via Pinterest

all images found via Pinterest.

I am hoping to find an inexpensive decorative tray, add a few coffee table books I already have, including my favorite Post Secret books, obviously candles (who doesn't love an excuse to buy new candles?!), and maybe one or two other cute items that bring a little character to the table.  I love the small dog in the picture above.  

This is the space I am working with, thanks Ikea: 

Any other ideas or items that might be great for the coffee table? I don't want to add too many things to the point the table is no longer usable. There is that fine line between cute design and clutter and this girl hates clutter! Plus, more things on the table, means more opportunity for Brooke to spill on them... I'm clumsy like that.

Cheers to Coffee Tables! 

<3 BB 


Anonymous said...

Emily put a video together a little while back - http://cupcakesandcashmere.com/how-to-style-a-coffee-table/

Get in there, girl! Tiger Master is sitting on my table right now!

Leah said...

Pinterest has made me explode with all the beautiful home shots, good luck on your tray hunt!

Kayla Moothart said...

I need to straight up purchase a coffee table - we don't have one!

blsmith6 said...

I feel you, we went almost 2 years with out a dinning room table.

blsmith6 said...

seriously, how do people get so creative?!

blsmith6 said...

I can't wait to meet the little tiger!

Adventures in Dressmaking said...

Ooh, love your pins!! I, too, have coffee table crises. I got ours on CL and spray-painted it gold. =) I've been dying to try a DIY west elm ottoman-style one using a square coffee table to start, like this project http://tulipandturnip.blogspot.com/2011/08/diy-upholstered-ottomancoffee-table.html or this http://www.megmadedesigns.com/2012/09/west-elm-ottoman-look-alike-make-your.html. Have fun!!