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 (80% 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 (80% 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

BEDROOM GALLERY from Rachel Schultz

KITCHEN & DINING ROOM  (70% 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

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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

A PAPER MOBILE from Rachel Schultz-6 copy

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



  • Owen

    I feel your windowless kitchen pain; here’s an idea that might help:
    Buy two (cheap) mirrors of the dimensions of the window. Mount one on hinges right next to the side of the window just outside your kitchen and decorate (paint, collage, chalkboard paint) the back. Mount the other on the wall opposite the picture hanging in your kitchen Also on hinges (on the side closest to the window-bearing wall). Then just turn the mirrors so that the natural light streams into your kitchen. If you want to see out too, add another mirror where the picture now hangs.

    The hardest part should be finding mirrors of the correct dimensions.


  • You are very talented ,doing a good job with your remodeling
    Just to mention I m going to make your fruit salad right now,got it on pinterest

  • Scarlet

    Wowwww it’s incredible what you did!

  • Amy Charlie

    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….;-)

  • Carlisha Mckey

    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 :-)

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

  • Cheryl

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

  • patty

    Just beautiful. You should be very proud of yourself.

  • lindsay

    I love your recipes and your décor!

  • Alexis

    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.

  • Leslie

    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!

  • Carly W

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

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      • Alexis

        I’ll have to get me one!!!

  • Gina V.

    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.

    • Rachel Schultz

      Sea Serpant!

  • roberta

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

  • Adrienne

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

    • Rachel Schultz

      It’s call Sea Serpant!

  • 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 :)

    • Rachel Schultz

      Thanks Ashley. I’m sure it will soon!

  • Shauna

    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.

  • Kendra

    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 :)

    • Rachel Schultz

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

  • KC

    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 : )

    • Rachel Schultz

      Great! Hope it turns out!

  • Kimberly

    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! :-)

    • Rachel Schultz

      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!

  • Judy Zimmerman

    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

    • Anonymous

      I used five. It was the perfect amount.

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

    • Rachel Schultz

      Thanks Alyssa!

  • Betty819

    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!

  • Betty819

    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.

    • Rachel Schultz

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

  • 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.

  • Cheri

    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!

    • Rachel Schultz

      That’s awesome, thanks!

  • Amanda

    Where did you get your headboard?

  • Patti

    i positively love the striped curtains! fabulous method!!

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  • Pam Munck

    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.

    • Rachel Schultz

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

  • Dori

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

    • Rachel Schultz

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

  • I love the fire place in bedroom. Wonderful idea.!

    • Rachel Schultz

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

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