I took this shot the day I moved in, standing just inside the front door. The built-in Murphy bed has a cover made from oil barrels. Most people react by saying, "hey, neat!" but they don't have to live with it day in and out the way I do (among other things, it disrupts the flow from the air vents). The rest of the built-in area is shelves and a desk.
This shot is essentially the exact reverse of the previous, except that I've closed up the Murphy Bed and am now standing just inside the balcony door. You can see the bathroom in the distance; and the kitchen is on the far right.
Here's a detail shot showing the built-ins. The owner had put that rug down on the floor so that there'd be something on the tile, but he indicated he didn't really care what happened to it. All the same, I thought it might be better to keep it just in case he changed his mind when I moved out.
This is from a few months later, once I had everything set up the way I liked it. In this shot, the built-ins are closed up, but there's a shot with them open here. My existing furniture was pine/pine colored pressboard, so the fact that it all matches was a happy (though not unappreciated) accident. That my recliner is a comparable green to the far wall is another one. The second rug that you see here is one that had been left next to a dumpster at the apartment complex I lived at before (in Raleigh). Knowing I was moving in a couple of months, when I saw it and saw that it was in decent condition, I claimed it.
Another shot from the balcony door, but this time showing furniture and décor. As I mentioned in the earlier thread, despite the walls being drywall (and thus taking nails), for the most part I used 3M Command Adhesive products to hang things on the wall. There were some existing nails; I did try to use them all (for example, the picture above the dresser) in order to avoid ugly nails sticking out of the wall.
Here's what the built-ins look like when they're in use (and yes, that's a Real Live Cat™ on the recliner). The bed is a standard full size, but my own bed (in storage) and all my linens are twins. Since this is a rental and I don't actually own a full-size bed I decided I didn't want to spend the money for full-size bedding. I only got a couple of sheet sets. After all, the bed is folded up out of the way most of the time anyway.
I took this picture of the kitchen on the day I moved in, but aside of hanging a batik wall hanging over the panel box I haven't made any real changes. Yes, that is indeed a washer-dryer combo unit on the right. I love it and I'll miss it when I'm gone.
I paid a little more than most would pay for an apartment of this size, but there's a reason I did so: this is what I see when I look off my balcony. In addition, my rent includes everything except my Internet and phone, which means the dollar figure looks a whole lot higher than it really is.