Hello, hello! For a few weeks now I've been warning you to keep an eye out for my new home decor series, and here it is! Home Decor Under $20 challenges me to choose a part of my apartment each month and try to transform the space using only $20. The trick is to know exactly what to look for, so after some thorough research on Pinterest and talking to one of my good friends in interior design Michelle, I was able to plan out the perfect entryway/coffee bar for our apartment!
When planning out the entryway, I noticed that many entryways in homes are mostly used for decoration, besides a small space for keys and mail. However, in our apartment using space wisely matters, so I tried to combine decoration as well as convenience with our space. Here's how I decided on the items:
Brown basket: $6.99
Since we already stored our coffee trinkets on the shelf, I decided to use a good portion of it as a coffee bar. Our filters and other small items were haphazardly laying around, so I figured a small basket to organize everything would make sense. I already had a light basket hanging around, so I tried to find one that was equal size. Found this small brown basket at Michael's!
Since Michelle recommended having something living, I figured getting a plant of some sort would make sense for the space. However, we're not the type of people to buy a new plant and try to take care of it all the time, so I picked a good looking green at Michael's to pass off as a real plant for the time being.
Oliver & I have been chatting about getting a clock in our apartment for a while, since the only clocks we have are watches, microwave, and the small alarm clock hidden within the bookshelf on Oliver's side of the bed. We needed one more out in the open, so I found this one at TJ Maxx!
Inspired by this graphic (found on Pinterest, obviously), I took some of these ideas to heart and came up with the following:
And here's the result! You can tell RIGHT AWAY that the shelf before was not organized in the slightest, so I used baskets to organize the chaos. No, I didn't die the purple baskets green or anything, I used ones that were in a different part of the apartment to match the greenery at the top of the shelf.
Here's what I learned from this experience: Being able to recreate a space in your apartment for a super low price is very possible, but you HAVE to go in doing your research beforehand! Use resources such as Pinterest or home decor blogs. I would even recommend drawing out how you want that space to look before even shopping, so you have a good gage on what you already own and know EXACTLY what to look for at the store.