Revamping Small Spaces

Creating a 'home sweet home' feel in a small apartment can be a challenge. Each place has rules that limit your inner interior design dreams, but, thankfully, there's a lot you can do to make your 700 sq. ft. place feel like home (even if you have a low budget!). Here's how we did it.

When Matthew and I found our new apartment, we were really excited to start furniture shopping. The first step we took was determining which aesthetic we wanted in our home. We decided on a modern, clean, and cozy feel (Thank you, Pinterest). 


Matthew and I were starting off fresh, so we were in need for bedroom, living, and dining room furniture. The thought of this was overwhelming since sticking to the budget was a main priority. Luckily, places like West Elm, Joss & Main, and IKEA offer great prices. Below you'll find the pieces we got from each store.

West Elm

All of our furniture essentials came from West Elm. West Elm truly matched our aesthetic desires and our budget, so it was a win-win situation. Product images below!

Joss & Main


Table: Modern Dining Table (West Elm); Chairs: Urbaniak Side Chair (Joss & Main); Accent Wall Paint: Oceanside (West Elm for Sherwin Williams)

A small but important purchase: dining room chairs. When buying four dining room chairs, some brands can charge you hundreds of dollars. Luckily, Joss & Main offered a great price ($164) for four Urbaniak Side Chairs!


It is no surprise that Matthew and I spent about 4 hours at IKEA the day we moved to St. Louis. It was on this trip that we found amazing prices for traditionally expensive essentials. 

  1. Hemnes 8-Drawer Dresser in Dark Grey/Grey Stained
  2. Brusali TV Unit in Brown
  3. Lack Wall Shelf in White (73 3/4" x 10 1/4")
  4. Glenn Bar Stool in White/Chrome Plated (x2)
  5. BÖJA Floor Lamp
  6. Vidja Floor Lamp


Once we had all of our key furniture pieces, the place was still feeling generic. It was time to add our personal touch. Here's some decor we added to make 723 sq. ft. feel more like home.

College Degrees + Artwork

Celebrate your accomplishments! Matthew and I decided to hang our college degrees on our wall paired with artwork of the college that we received as a gift. Fun fact: Matthew and I met at our alma mater which makes celebrating it that much more special! Other types of artwork can also add a touch of personality. Either way, find something that resembles you and your home! If you need ideas, check out one of my favorite photographers, Gray Malin.

Botanicals + Plants

Adding greenery livens up the space and gives it a fresh feel. We added some plants on our floating shelf to add some color and another tall bamboo plant next to the TV unit to enhance the height of our ceiling. 

Our small shelf plants (pictured on the left) are from a local boutique called K. Hall Studio. Their flagship location in St. Louis has a ton of botanical and plant options. We picked out these adorable cube holders in blush and grey. Fun fact: They also carry amazing bath + body products as well as home and clothing! Our tall bamboo plant is from IKEA and you can shop it here.


A Splash of Color

Moving into an apartment usually means coming into a small space with white or off-white walls. Instead of looking bare, add an accent wall! We paired our West Elm furniture with the Sherwin Williams by West Elm paint collection. We chose the color 'Oceanside' from the Spring/Summer 2017 collection which drew the color into the room, especially with our teal Luna chair! 


Last but not least, a rug! Something that we are currently looking for! Rugs add a super cozy feel to a small space. They also work to help tie the entire room together. Tip: try to avoid getting a super plush rug because they will shed (especially if you have pets!).

If anyone has any rug recommendations, leave a comment below or on my social media pages!

Have any other ideas on how to revamp small spaces? Comment below!

Stamped on 8/25/2017 by The Letter Bea