OUR APARTMENT

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In February 2013, we downsized to a 730 square foot apartment and have loved every single minute of it. Give yourself a tour. We’re always updating photos and adding to the to-do lists.

LIVING ROOM (60% complete)

These  walls are where we spend most of our time together: playing board games, reading, discussing if The Hobbit needed to be broken into three movies, etc.

Living Room Hopes & Dreamz from Rachel Schultz

Living Room from Rachel Schultz


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MASTER BEDROOM (75% complete)

Our apartment’s master bedroom is also the only bedroom, and it has nice little perks we are thankful for: the pretty window’s view and the huge (to us) closet (yeah, our whole dresser fits in it).

Master Bedroom from Rachel Schultz

Master Bedroom from Rachel Schultz

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KITCHEN & DINING ROOM  (60% complete)

Lots of my time is spent here cooking and not doing dishes. My least fave thing about our apartment is there are no windows in the kitchen. Most of my decorating energy is spent trying to get over that.

Kitchen from Rachel Schultz

Kitchen from Rachel Schultz

Kitchen from Rachel Schultz

DINING TABLE FIND from Rachel Schultz

PANTRY/NURSERY (33% complete)

In the biggest swing of room functionality, we are converting our under-optimized pantry into a nursery for our sweet baby Schultz. The room is about 5’4″ x 5’2″ and off the dining room. The reason organizing seemingly unrelated spaces in other rooms is on this list is because we hope that with those spaces purged and optimized, the refugee items from the former pantry will effortlessly be absorbed into another storage area.

Pantry from Rachel Schultz

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BATHROOM (75% complete)

Like our bedroom, our sole bathroom makes up for it’s solidarity in size. It’s pretty huge compared to our whole place’s square footage. The biggest challenge? Its unrelenting yellow-ness of light and everything in it.

Bathroom from Rachel Schultz

Bathroom from Rachel Schultz

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Scarlet June 17, 2014 at 6:28 pm

Wowwww it’s incredible what you did!

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Amy Charlie May 30, 2014 at 8:03 pm

Hey Rachel!
Just nosing around on your website….so cute! And by the way, I loved your vintage shower curtain! If you still have it laying around I would buy it from ya? Hope you are well….;-)

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Carlisha Mckey April 28, 2014 at 6:17 am

Hey girl. I love everything. I love the Cream cheese pound cake, I’ve made it 6 times and actually use it as gifts(the whole cake,sometimes add a bunch of blueberries). Your awesome :-)

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Laurence April 18, 2014 at 4:27 pm

I adore it, especially your living room! amazing work!

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Cheryl April 17, 2014 at 2:14 pm

I love your living room curtains and the color you’ve added to the walls:)

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patty April 5, 2014 at 8:29 pm

Just beautiful. You should be very proud of yourself.

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lindsay March 19, 2014 at 11:07 pm

I love your recipes and your décor!

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Alexis March 12, 2014 at 7:08 pm

What you did with this small apartment is amazing! You took it from a boring pretty much all white apartment, to a colorful and groovy one.

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Leslie March 4, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Absolutely gorgeous!!! Twenty years later, we now have six kids and a 7 bedroom house, but there was nothing as cozy, comfy or thrilling as our first 700 sq. foot home where we painted for hours on end, stencilled tile and I made our own slipcovers. Your home is beautiful!

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Carly W February 7, 2014 at 3:39 am

I love the media storage bench in your living room! Do you mind if I ask where you got it?

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Rachel Schultz February 7, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Ikea!

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Alexis March 12, 2014 at 7:09 pm

I’ll have to get me one!!!

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Gina V. February 5, 2014 at 10:49 pm

I love the blue wall accent in your kitchen! I had my husband paint one wall in our living room Chili Pepper and have received numerous compliments every since. What is the name of blue paint color you used? Thanks.

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Rachel Schultz February 6, 2014 at 3:11 pm

Sea Serpant!

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roberta January 20, 2014 at 3:05 am

LOVE what you did with your fridge, especially with the blue walls. such a great idea and it looks very elegant!

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Adrienne January 17, 2014 at 12:37 am

Hi, I love the blue color on your accent wall in the bedroom. Do you remember what you used?

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Rachel Schultz January 17, 2014 at 1:05 pm

It’s call Sea Serpant!

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Ashley Parrish December 18, 2013 at 3:41 am

I am absolutely loving reading through your blog! And your apartment is adorable! My hubs and I just moved into a house from an apartment and it didn’t look nearly as cute as yours :)

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Rachel Schultz December 18, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Thanks Ashley. I’m sure it will soon!

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Shauna August 13, 2013 at 9:53 pm

I have an idea for your everyday table centerpiece. We used bubble bowls filled with colored marbles as part of our wedding centerpieces and had a few left over. I put a candle (three wick size that I got from Bath and Body Works) in the center of the bowl and filled it with the marbles I had. Not only does it look great but it also helps set the mood for nice dinners.

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Kendra July 17, 2013 at 11:11 pm

How inspiring! I’ve been awful at taking “before” pictures as my boyfriend and I went from a little 1 bedroom (670 sq. ft.) to a 2 bedroom townhome (1,080 sq. ft.). Guess I should learn to take more pictures! Love seeing these progress pictures.

Also, pretty sure my Dad has the same dining room table as you :)

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Rachel Schultz July 18, 2013 at 12:47 am

That’s cool! It was my husband’s growing up. Have fun in your decorating adventure :)

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KC July 13, 2013 at 12:45 pm

I love what you did with the bathroom mirror. It looks so much better, and the process seems simpler than other frames I’ve seen. I can’t wait to frame ours now : )

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Rachel Schultz July 13, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Great! Hope it turns out!

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Kimberly July 7, 2013 at 10:53 pm

Hi Rachel! I just happened to come across your blog today and just love it! And Im dying to know what you did to your refrigerator with the gold stripes….how did you do that? And is it on the front too or just the sides? I also wanted to say that the blue color on the walls really make everything pop. I dont know that I would have thought of that color- but it looks great! :-)

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Rachel Schultz July 8, 2013 at 12:44 am

Thanks so much! I actually used duct tape and wrote a whole post about it. If you search duct tape it should come up. Thanks again!

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Judy Zimmerman July 1, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Hi Rachel,

I have a question about the recipe for the Best Peach Cobbler You’ve Ever Eaten. If I use fresh peaches, how many peaches equate to a 22-oz. can?

Thank you for sharing such tasty recipes wit us.

Cheers, JZ

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Anonymous July 20, 2013 at 12:38 pm

I used five. It was the perfect amount.

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Alyssa June 18, 2013 at 3:08 am

I absolutely love that coffee table. I’m so glad you decided to leave the wood top but paint the bottom white. Beautiful contrast!

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Rachel Schultz June 18, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Thanks Alyssa!

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Betty819 April 26, 2013 at 11:58 am

Pam, can we see a picture of the cabinet your friend built for your bathroom? Our medicine cabinet is the original metal one installed in 1977 and we can’t find another that fits in that space in any of the Home Improvement stores. When we lived in our former home, we remodeled the Master bathroom and found a perfect cabinet that hung over the toilet tank perfectly but DH “wouldn’t let go “of the medicine cabinet over the vanity for his shaving stuff as it had a mirror so he could use while shaving. The Cabinet over the toilet tank matched the new 20″ vanity that is getting hard to buy anymore.

I love all the useful tips. Thanks!

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Betty819 April 26, 2013 at 11:47 am

Did I read that this house/apt. was a rental? Most landlords will not allow painting unless you agree to repaint back to original or light neutral color before you move. You’ve made amazing transformations but it’s going to take a lot of paint, plus primer to cover those blue walls. I agree with the person who offered the suggestion of painting the dining room/kitchen furniture white. It will tone that blue down and have a nice contrast. Love that red bench! Nice accent color.

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Rachel Schultz April 26, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Yes, we do everything by the book and communicate with our landlord. We like the boldness of the blue how it is. Thanks!

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Rebecca Kennedy April 23, 2013 at 10:38 pm

Have you thought about painting your dining room set white? That would be a great contrast with your blue wall and would match your tv stand/book case.

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Cheri March 26, 2013 at 5:12 pm

We’ve had great success giving stuff away on freecycle.org. Here’s what their website says… …Welcome! The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 5,090 groups with 9,306,362 members around the world. It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by local volunteers (them’s good people). Membership is free. To sign up, find your community by entering it into the search box above or by clicking on ‘Browse Groups’ above the search box. Have fun!

Not sure if they are set up in your area, but it’s worth a try!

Good luck!

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Rachel Schultz March 26, 2013 at 5:26 pm

That’s awesome, thanks!

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Amanda March 24, 2013 at 5:21 am

Where did you get your headboard?

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Rachel Schultz March 24, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Ikea!

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Patti March 17, 2013 at 8:10 pm

i positively love the striped curtains! fabulous method!!

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Rachel Schultz March 17, 2013 at 8:56 pm

Thanks!

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Pam Munck March 14, 2013 at 7:43 pm

We just built a small house, our first and planned as we went along. We have a friend that is a simple cabinet maker and he made a cabinet to go over the toiler. Ours is white but, of course, you paint it any color to go with your decor. Gary put some molding on top to give it a finished look and it has 4 shelves and is about the width of the toilet tank. I could send you a picture if you like.

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Rachel Schultz March 14, 2013 at 9:11 pm

That’s a great idea! We need more bathroom storage and I hadn’t thought of that!

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Dori March 14, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Looks so cute! I thought you guys had bought a house?

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Rachel Schultz March 14, 2013 at 6:02 pm

No it was a rental. More of a short term thing.

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Judy Levor March 5, 2013 at 5:22 pm

I love the fire place in bedroom. Wonderful idea.!
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Rachel Schultz March 5, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Thanks! Who knows if it will work out. :)

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