A little disclaimer before I share any more photos or information on Andrew and I's apartment. Since we rent, are fairly young, have very little money to use towards home goods and maintenance and live in an incredibly tiny one bedroom apartment, sprucing this place up was easier said than done. I am constantly in awe of some of you fabulous bloggers out there who fearlessly tackle your home renos with gusto and flare; knocking down walls, tearing apart floors, building bathrooms, living rooms and kitchens from the ground up! This girl? She had to use a couple gift cards to Target and Bed, Bath and Beyond, under $100.00, some creativity and a little love to make her and her new hub's home essentially that; a home. Yet the good news is, it can be done!
Our bathroom was the first thing I tackled when I moved in with Andrew last week. It's a very tiny, boxy bathroom with a very large mirror across one wall and a mirrored medicine cabinet on the adjoining wall placed beside the bathroom door. There aren't places to add any extra shelving, cabinets or storage in there so we have to be selective with our toiletries and towels (meaning keep only what we need and nothing more). There aren't any windows either, which made taking these photos very difficult! The floors are white, the walls beige and the vanity white with silver fixtures. When we created our registry we picked out these beautiful fluffy pale blue towels that we thought would go perfectly with the colours we already had to work with. We also received the silver cotton swab jar, soap dispenser and waste basket as wedding gifts. The knobs on the doors to the space below the sink are from Anthropology and are the perfect mix of sparkly and simplicity.
The monogrammed white finger towels are from Bed Bath and Beyond and I normally don't like anything that's embroidered but perhaps being a newlywed got the best of me. I picked up two of these towels to use on special occasions or when we may have guests over. The little jar beside the flower holds all of the shells I dove for on our amazing honeymoon; I love seeing them everyday as I brush my pearlies and remember the countless days I spent frolicking in the ocean. The fake rose bloom is from Michaels and was part of a faux flower arrangement we used to have in college.
The biggest and almost the only purchase we made for our bathroom was the fabulous shower curtain that I am absolutely in love with! There's a shower curtain at Anthropologie that I've been patiently waiting to buy for months but I found the price to be way over my budget. Thankfully Urban Outfitters offers the exact same one at a reasonable cost so last week purchasing it was one of the first things I did once I arrived in Chicago. Ruffles? Oh my goodness I love em. hWe found these shower curtain hooks at Target that matched the knobs I picked out perfectly. They're a part of the Simply Shabby Chic line that has some pretty adorable pieces (which Andrew made very clear we may not ever have in our home unless we have a daughter; these crystal hooks were the exception).
Our bathroom rug is from Target and it's a plain white bath mat with a lovely textured border around the edges. The small silver heart on the hand towels is from home in Canada, and the white vintage frame is one I bought from Hobby Lobby a few years back. The black framed photo on the wall and the cotton ball jar is from Ikea as well. Our bathroom doesn't have any crown molding, a fancy heated floor, a claw footed bathtub (I wish, oh my gosh I wish so badly) or a linen closest to store everything but when I walk by the bathroom to head to our bedroom, a smile creeps across my face because I love it so much. Having a bubble bath and a glass of bubbly in that little washroom of ours never felt so good!
Thank you for checking out our little space and I can't wait to share with you all our kitchen, living room, dining area, front walkway and finally our bedroom. I have a few more things to get into place until everything feels right and organized here but soon enough we will be all settled! Happy Friday everyone, can you believe the end of the week is finally here? Do something nice for yourself today. I am off to yoga class number two of the week :) xo