My last apartment
I just moved out of my last apartment after buying a new home. I spent 7 years living in apartments, and I loved it for the most part. My boyfriend and I have a ton of experience working with very odd apartment situations--especially in the last apartment we lived in, which was extremely cheap and in a good location, but had some questionable attributes. Our living space is under the cut. The pics are a little fuzzy--these were taken right before I got my new camera. To make up for lack of storage space in the kitchen, I added a coffee table for our microwave, toaster, and other appliances we don't use very often. Since there's only one drawer in the whole kitchen, we used big canisters to hold our utensils. It worked out pretty well. We had hand-me-down furniture leftover from when we were in college, so I used an old bedspread to make a "couch skirt" under the futon. That created a bunch of storage. We also covered an ugly blue recliner, which worked perfectly fine and was comfortable, with a thin summer blanket in lieu of a $50 recliner cover: The rest of the living room was very open, which was something we needed to do given the space limitations of the living space. We used it mainly for cat toys and television space. I made the leopard-print curtains hanging in the window out of faux crushed velvet: The bedroom was very simple since there was very little space. We were "stuck" with a purple-ish theme since the bedroom in my previous apartment was purple, and as soon as I got everything to match, we moved. :( This is the smallest bathroom I have ever had. The accent color wasn't very pleasant (you can't see the shower tile, which was orange), the floor tile was a peach-y seashell color, and there was really no space for anything in there. We installed a small towel rack above the toilet for storage. When you go around the corner from the big tiled wall (which is the shower), you see a sink sitting right next to the shower. You had to literally squeeze in between the sink and the shower wall to get into the shower. It was very, very small. We also had a computer room and a basement for storage, but I don't have decent pictures of those rooms (and I really put no effort into them). I was a master of living cheaply while in college, and this is what resulted from that! Proof you can live comfortably and very, very cheaply on a small budget.