18 January 2012

And the apartment makeover begins...

When we moved into our new apartment last month we went from living in a teeny tiny  studio apartment to suddenly having a bigger space to fill, blank walls to decorate and very little furniture.

With my 3rd trimester fast approaching, it is really important that I get most of the decorating done before the baby arrives because I know how crazy life is going to become after that. Lucky for me I really love it and have been having so much fun coming up with designs for our new space, picking out furniture and thinking of color schemes. 

Although there are still a couple of things to be done, I couldn't wait to show you the first little transformation that went down. Our Entrance Hallway.

And there it is the before picture. Pretty boring right?

We decided to give the hallway a bit of a "cleaner" look by painting over the brown walls with 2 coats of pure white paint.

Then the fun part began...
We picked up a very cool mirror on our Ikea trip this past weekend and I had a whole bunch of old picture frames with photographs and artwork from the gallery wall I had set up in our old apartment.
I decided that I wanted to do keep the gallery wall idea so I arranged them all around the mirror.

I mounted the mirror with a couple of screws to make sure it stayed put, but all of the frames are held up by Velcro picture frame hangers which makes it super easy to take down and be able to switch around the frames without much effort and without damaging the wall behind it either.

Here is the after shot of the hallway.

I added a turquoise table that I picked up on sale at Target for $40 and pot plant which I'm hoping stays alive more easily then its 2 predecessors.

I must confess, the hallway is not finished. I want to get a long hallway table to put up against the wall and something to store shoes in. But that probably won't happen for a few weeks so that is why I am sharing this post with you today.

What do you think?

The kitchen is almost done, the living room is coming along and the bedroom and nursery are just a total disaster areas. Haha! I can't wait to show you more in the upcoming weeks.


  1. Wow Skate that looks wicked, howsabout coming to do my place.

  2. Love what you did! So clean and lovely.


  3. Looks lovely, I wish I had the skills to do something like this. :/


  4. Uumm can you please do this to my place - that is the exact type of look I want to do over our couch, but I always feel too intimidated to actually try it.

    Looks great, can't wait to see more before and afters! :)


  5. That looks awesome. Where did you get the mirror? I love it

  6. that really looks great. i love the black white and turquoise.

  7. That is really good!! Well done on getting so much done before the baby arrives ... would you say you are in your nesting phase yet?:)

    Can't wait to see more!


  8. Looks brilliant so far! Love your gallery wall!

  9. WOW!! That looks AMAZING!!
    Much love, Bailey from Vanilla Blonde

  10. Looks great! I love the idea of decorating with a ton of different picture frames. There's a fine line between perfectly balanced and cluttered and you are walking it brilliantly. Looking forward to seeing more :)