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“S” Hook-Anthropologie | Faux Deer Head-Etsy |  Monogram Mugs-Anthropologie | Demi Kettle-Le Creuset | Cheery Wood Salad Bowl-Williams Sonoma | Farmers Market Basket-Anthropologie | Zig Zag Pouf-Target | Volcano Constellation Candle-Capri Blue | Faux Cowhide-Ikea | Fir & Firewood Candle-Capri Blue | Portable USB Vinyl Record Player-Crosley | Woven Leather Rug (Similar here)

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Truth be told, this is my first apartment. Most of my post-college living situations have been house rentals, and I wasn’t about to give up that trend when moving to LA. “Apartments” seemed so foreign to me, especially spending my childhood in New Mexico, and College years in Colorado, where apartment housing is few and far between. Moving out West, I had my mind set on a perfect casita, small but charming. Lemon trees, a fenced in yard, wood floors, a bathtub, and most importantly, a gas cook stove. Oh, did I mention pet friendly? Yes. This was a lot to ask. We researched and toured a dozen guest houses/casitas/micro cottages…you name it. Every place we went to was either completely against dogs or cats (or both), had smelly carpet, or crazy landlords. We were at the end of our rope. Luckily, the place we now reside in (the last place we looked at),  happened to be an apartment. Wood floors, yes. Bathtub, yes. Gas range, yes. Pet friendly, YES! No lemon trees, no front yard, but it will do. Im in love with our little home that we’ve spent the past few months sprucing up. In this time  I’ve learned that there are so many little details you can add to a space to make it your own.

1. A Piece of Home-A dreamcatcher over the bed is reminescent of my room in New Mexico

2. Kitchen Details-Hang monogram mugs via super simple and non-damaging screw in hooks

3. Pet Supplies-Hooks installed next to the front door keep leashes out of the way, but ready for use

4. Wall Art-Fun pieces can liven up any living space,  I love my faux deer that doubles as a jewelry hanger

5. Living Room- Cozy it up with candles, and a variety of seating- we love these square seat poufs

6. Desk Essentials-An inviting desk, invites efficiency. Organize with post-it notes that are too cute to hide, and add seasonal deco

7. Music-A record player partnered with vinyls displayed next to it will keep the tunes spinning and your treasured music collection dust free

8. A puppy makes everything better

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  1. katesvibe says:

    I’m so glad to see this post Halley! We are house hunting too (Seattle area) and it can be so hard to compromise the long list of things that you hope for in a rental house (after being a home owner for years especially). Gas stove, soaking tub, garage — need all those things. But don’t want to pay the type of rent that gets you EVERYTHING you want! (not to mention those houses turn out to be like 3000 square feet, and that’s just ridiculous.) Anyway, this blog post reminds me that you can take pleasure in the little details throughout, and just embrace making it your own. xo

  2. foodchanel says:

    Kate,
    Totally!!!!! You just have to make it your own. I don’t think we find the right place, I think it finds us (such cheese but so true). I know you guys have been looking for an area too, which can also be difficult, but same thing there, it will find you. So happy you got something out of this post ❤ I aim to please. Be well, Halley

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