I always get so anxious when we’ve got a full day filled with goodies and we have to wait until the LAST post to see the full reveal. We are such teases, aren’t we?! But we couldn’t not fill you in on all that DIY goodness. Our DIYer went to town this time around and the gold-leafed art, the gallery wall, the tray and that incredible desk were just too good to leave out. But I promise you that Stephanie’s adorable apartment was well worth the wait. One look at Ruth Eileen’s photos and I have faith you’ll swoon alongside us. Don’t miss the “before” pics of the living room, kitchen, & office– you won’t believe the transformation!

From Stephanie… I think we can all agree city apartments have their quirks. Whether it’s some outdated tile or a major lack of space, there’s always a design challenge or two to work around. But after living in a “garden level” apartment (AKA, a basement) for our first six months in the city, I knew one thing for darn certain: I wanted our next space to feel extra light, bright, open yet cozy. A little space in the city to truly felt like our own.

With that inspiration in mind, we went for lots of white-on-white elements,and a few pops of color thrown in along the way. High up on the room re-design list was the office. As a work-from-home SMPer, my office is my ultimate place of inspiration. My girly little nook. The room I spend hours on end writing, editing and dreaming up ideas every week. So it had to be special. Feminine, yet sophisticated. Functional, yet fun. And thanks to some easy peasy DIYs and a little touch of gold, I’m happy to say, mission accomplished.

The office is right off of the living room, so it was important to feel a cohesive “flow” from one room to another. Keeping that in mind, we kept it super neutral and light with touches of gold tying the two spaces together. The result? A sort of beach-cottage-meets-city-glam. And I wholeheartedly love it.

Remember those apartment quirks I was talking about? Well, our kitchen and bedroom are chock-full of those. But thankfully we were able to design around our mustard yellow kitchen tiles and not-so-pretty bedroom walls. With a big ol’ splash of white and accessories that added a layer of lovely, both spaces transformed from completely simple to something special.

Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography | Alarm Clock: Pottery Barn | Brass Spheres: West Elm | Calendar Prints: Snow & Graham | Chevron Rug: West Elm | Chunky Tassel Throw Blanket: West Elm | Crosshatch Picture Frame: Target | European Cities Prints: Live Creating Yourself | Faux Sheepskin Throw: Ikea | Flower Prints: Ikea | Gray & White Throw Pillows: Bed Bath & Beyond | Gray Stripe Dish Towels: West Elm | Gray Tufted Chair: West Elm | Ivory Diamond Rug: Target | Jute Rug: Ikea | Mirrored Side Table: Target | Ombre Pillow: Target | Owl Cookie Jar: West Elm | Pink Flower Print: Ikea | Round White Table: Ikea | Studded Throw Pillow: Target | Sunburst Mirror: Target | Tea Cup Candle: Anthropologie | Turquoise Coasters: Anthropologie | White Ceramic Vase: West Elm | White Duvet Cover: Target | White Lacquer Desk Set: West Elm | White Side Table: West Elm | Yellow Rug: Ikea | Yellow Stripe Mixing Bowls: Ikea | Yellow Stroke Coffee Mugs: West Elm

PLUS, ALL THE DIY’S IN ONE PLACE: Gold-Leafed Art | Gallery Wall | Zig Zag Tray | Gilded Ikea Desk 

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