One of the most exciting parts about moving to Winston-Salem this fall was having my first apartment after living in a dorm for the past four years.
I share a two-bedroom apartment that’s not too far from school with another law student. I love our space and look forward to coming home every day. It’s relatively small and simple, but it’s perfect for us.
I spent about a month of last summer before moving into my new place planning, researching, and finding pieces I loved from a bunch of different places. I’ll share where I bought the new items, but let me know if you’d like info on any of the others! None of the below links are affiliate links.I knew I wanted to invest in a few quality pieces that I could use for years to come, and I also tried to save money where I could. For example, I invested in a high-quality white quilt from Pottery Barn that I’ll hopefully be able to use for years to come, and I got a natural Avocado Green mattress that’s been amazing for my sleep.
I also found some great bargain pieces, too, and reused a lot of items I already had since I’m only counting on using some of this decor for the next few years of law school/living in Winston-Salem, and then who knows after that?
I found a relatively inexpensive platform bed from Wayfair, which I think it looks really nice for the price point. I found cute throw pillows on sale at Bed, Bath & Beyond and Kohl’s, and used coupons. I got two sets of organic white sheets that I love from Target, which were a steal compared to the other organic sheets I looked at when I was doing price comparisons.
And I got my desk secondhand from Facebook Marketplace! Over the summer, I created an alert on the platform to receive a notification whenever someone listed a white desk in my area, and within a couple of weeks of checking periodically, I found a desk that fit what I was looking for (simple, big enough, in good shape, and with plenty of storage space).
I bought my gray desk chair from Office Depot and it’s comfy (my top priority) and cute in the space. Most of the other items in this photo are from my old dorm room, including the desk lamp and the painting.
I also reused the same photo frames I bought before my freshman year of college. I typically just change out the photos every year.
I found these gorgeous side table lamps at HomeGoods for under $50 total for the set. Since HomeGoods has a hodgepodge of different items at every store, I stopped by a couple of different locations before I found a matching set that I loved.
That’s it for the bedroom tour! I kept the blue, green, and white theme from my bedroom going in my bathroom. I bought and returned a couple of different shower curtains before settling on this one from Kohl’s, which I couldn’t find online anymore.
The speckled vase and plant are both from the Magnolia line at Target. The vase may be sold out now, but this one is a similar design. I also reused the cute flowers that used to be in my dorm room.
And here’s the rest of our apartment! This is the view right when you walk in the door. Luckily, my roommate already owned a big sectional, a kitchen table and chairs, and a lot of the furniture in our living room.
Here’s our cozy living room, back when we decorated for fall with the “Happy Fall, Y’all) banner and those cute pumpkins. We switched to Christmas decorations, complete with a cute little tree, at the beginning of December, and we’re now back to our normal decor.
And here’s our canvas wall in the kitchen which I think is a fun all-girls apartment touch. 😀 My roommate painted a bunch of these, and I contributed a few, too. I especially love “Find joy in the journey” and “What’s comin’ will come and we’ll meet it when it does.” I also really like “Without ash to rise from, the Phoenix would just be a bird getting up.” (Any New Girl fans?)
After sharing a dorm kitchen with 50 other girls for the past four years, I’m thankful for this clean, pretty kitchen every single day.
My Kitchen-Aid stand mixer really makes this kitchen feel like home, and I use it all of the time. I also love my countertop glass jars, which are both cute and functional for storing items I buy from the bulk bins like oats, rice, and lentils.
That’s the grand tour of the apartment, other than my roommate’s space. Thanks so much for following along, and I hope you enjoyed the virtual tour!