CG's new Apartment: part 2


CG is my new E-design client
 and she is super excited about her new job and apartment in LA

We just finished the living room area 
and now are moving on to the 
dining/breakfast room

This is a small one bedroom apartment with many nice features, such as security and a gym, 
but the rent is pretty high 
so we don't have a large budget for furniture

Remember our $10,000 dollar budget
must include move in costs 
for the apartment too!

so here is where we stand:
  first and last on the rent:   $3000

           misc costs for cable and utilities:  $500

living room furnishings: $1,975

so that leaves us with $4,525 dollars
We left World Market and headed off to Pier One

This table above is really great 
and in fact I purchased one for my son when he got his first place, 
only he liked it with the black base

The base, with a 48" inch glass top 
runs $232 dollars

  We looked for more things at Pier One
 but honestly liked the things at World Market 
much better...and I love Pier One usually!
So back we went...
and bought another one of the Champagne Bookshelves 
$279 dollars

What is nice about these, is that they can be pushed together at some point down the road 
if CG gets a bigger place... 
or she can use them on either side of the sofa in the living room 
as she starts to acquire more quality pieces!

Hey I'm all about buying the best you can afford...but when you're just starting out, you really don't have a real grasp on what your "personal style" really is yet...or at least I didn't!

And no one want to be sitting on the floor eating take out Chinese, 
looking at a $5000 dollar hutch with nothing in it and no place to sit.

We are using this bookshelf for storage 
of pretty white china, 
 wine glasses and a few little decorative things

We both loved these Asian inspired garden stools and so we bought two
$90 dollars $180 dollars

These can be used for extra seating or as side tables if needed 
when she has friends over for drinks

Here are the two chairs we are using in the living room 
and these will be used 
for extra seating at the dining table 
when CG needs them

 We wanted a soft comfy seat for every day dining and doing "home office" work at the table.
 I looked through some catalogs for nice parsons chairs and found these
 from Ballard Designs 

 These can be ordered "in-stock" with some great slipcovers

The chair base runs $129 dollars and the slips came to $69 dollars each

Total for two chairs
 $396 dollars

There is a nice little bar area along the entry to the kitchen 
and I loved the idea of something really contemporary

I found these "ghost chair" Kartel knock off bar stools at Sears of all places!

$199 for the pair!

The furniture is all purchased
but we need a few finishing touches:

We saw some great table top and serve ware at World Market but CG has some things from college so she will be using most of those things 

but we did pick up a set of these black "Willow" plates
to hang on the wall

total...$22 dollars for 4

Two fun grain sack pillows...courtesy of The Polished Pebble Shop
$150 for two

She has a spot for a large piece of art too
so we found this poster at of a 1950's work by artist  
Franz Klein and will have it framed 

$125 dollars

We had to by at least one little fun "cutesy" item from World Market 
so we thought this little tray of mugs would look fun 
next to the coffee maker

I think these were around $25 dollars

 Here is our total for the dining area:

$1,625 dollars

total for furnishings spent to date:

$3,580 dollars

Wow...we are doing great!
 We have almost $3,000 dollars left for the bedroom

Something tells me we are going to need every penny!

Take a peek at our design
and note how it relates to the living room area

There are so many element's that can be moved around 
and changed as needed or 
when CG gets bored with the look

more fun design to come...the Bedroom

and..... don't forget to enter the give away

Winners will be announced on Saturday morning!



  1. Geez Louise, Kelley! Now I want to get me to a world market, STAT!

  2. She will be so happy in her new space!

  3. What a great job you both did. I love the fact that there are so many great options for young people setting up their first apartment...there was nothing like this when hubby and I started out. So much style and comfort for so few $$$. It looks so nice.

  4. I love it - they are all such flexible pieces that could fit in with most styles. Nice work! x Sharon

  5. Kelley

    This is so much fun watching the apartment progress. Love what you are doing. I can't believe you found those stools at Sears! Great reminder that we should look "outside the box" Can't wait to see more!


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