Room Reveal: Family Room & Thankfulness.

When I was younger, I thought a studio apartment meant you slept next to your bathtub and cooked on a hot plate. Now I know better…And in this studio, as opposed to my studio in SF, I have been able to divide the space into my bed area, a family room type of area (which I am showing you today), an office space (which you saw a bit of yesterday and will see more of in the coming weeks), and then there is a separate kitchen and separate bathroom. This is place is a palace compared to where I lived in SF. 

So here is my “family room” which I am very proud of because this couch cost $200 with tax. And is super comfortable. $200! Did you hear me? It’s perfect. I am so thankful for it (more on that later). (You can see the apartment before here.)IMG_9102There is a story with these poofs too. It is crazy but they are perfect for when I have a friend over and when we are watching Gilmore Girls or before they took it away, Dawson’s Creek.IMG_9116I am actually taking this photo from my bed. (That’s a screensaver from AppleTV rolling across the screen.) Also I love Apple TV. Also, I am extremely thankful for my aunt giving me a TV she wasn’t using because I did not have a TV while in SF so having one is crazy and I am thankful for it! IMG_9110Storage. So necessary when living in a studio and it is hard to hide anything. When people come over, they can see my bed. There isn’t anyway to close my bedroom door so storage is key. I need to do a blog post on small spaces, don’t I? Maybe even putting together Ikea furniture like a boss (aka my mom is a boss and I am just okay). IMG_9201I’m not decorating much for Thanksgiving because I feel as if I only just got settled but I have so much gratitude for this space after so much moving. IMG_9095So here is my little family room space (you can find the tutorial for the shelves here). One of the things I am so thankful for this year is this apartment. I would say that is materialistic but it’s not. It’s a place I can call my own. It’s home. It makes me smile whenever I come in the door. Soon, I’ll be decorating for Christmas and it will be my first Christmas on my own in Chicago. I am thankful for this city and the thrill that runs through me when I walk through it while I snuggle my face into my scarf away from the brisk air. I am thankful that I am close to family and that I am now a grown up in my family unit. It’s nice. This is a nice season–sometimes weird, sometimes hard, but also nice. And so I’m thankful. It’s cold outside but it’s warm in here and I am reminded that life is hard but we have a living hope. And how wonderful is that?122Linking up with LisaKatie, Annie, and Cait.

How do you like to decorate? What makes your house a home? And what are you thankful for? Talk to me.





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46 thoughts on “Room Reveal: Family Room & Thankfulness.

    1. Nina Post author

      Thank you! I always have to have all my babies with me! They are also all stacked under the bed too. lol

    1. Nina Post author

      I’ll have to do a post on how to maximize space after three years of studio apartments. πŸ™‚

  1. Caitlin @ Coffee with Caitlin

    Ok, Ikea is seriously the best! And those poufs do work perfectly. I am always watching out for something like that to work in our space.

    I’m glad to hear from someone with a mutual love for Gilmore Girls. I own all the seasons, but may have still played them on repeat on Netflix and drove my husband absolutely nuts.

  2. Lisa Pray

    This space is perfect… You’ve got a ton of nice natural light too!! Everything is completely put together and styled, but still totally welcoming at the same time – love it!

    1. Nina Post author

      I have to email you about the poufs because I need to warn people before they buy them…And also how I came by them is…Just email me. Haha

    1. Nina Post author

      The poufs…I will tell you that story over email as to protect the innocent. And yes we do have the same taste because I loved your bed and beddinG!

  3. Anne

    I love it! It looks so comfy and inviting. I love the poufs too. Can’t wait to see how it all looks decorated for Christmas. It’s exciting having a place of your own and being able to make it your won isn’t it? Wishing you many happy memories there!

  4. Cait {Home Sweet Ruby}

    I LOVE what you’ve done with this space! It looks so cozy and I love those poufs! We lived in a studio in DC and I totally know how it is trying to find storage space, those bookshelves are a lifesaver!

    1. Nina Post author

      Wait until you see “the study” part of my one room apartment. That’s where all the books are! haha Also under my bed because I don’t have enough shelves.

  5. Amanda {kids and cabernet}

    Love, love, LOVE! It’s so pretty, and have great taste. I’ve always wanted to live in a studio apartment in a fun city. Seems like so much fun. My mother-in-law (before kids) moved from Portland, OR to NY and lived in a studio. She has so many great stories of living on her own in a fun city.

    1. Nina Post author

      It definitely has it’s pros but at the same time, there are hard things too. Like when people come over, I can’t put stuff in one room and close the door. The WHOLE thing has to be spotless! lol Thank you and I am glad you like it!

  6. Faith

    Love this!!! I want to come see you so I can see it because I have a one bedroom apartment and feel like I have NO space!! Teach me yoda! Lol! Love the couch and the pillows and the Apple TV! I want one! Lol!

    1. Nina Post author

      I am no yoda. Also, Apple TV is not the actual TV is it this little box you attach to the TV and it is amazing!

  7. alissa

    Ow ow NinaB! Your apartment is a stunner!

    You inspired me and helped me with mine in SF, and now I get to see your Chicago version. LOVE IT.

    So proud of you. 44 comments on this post alone. πŸ™‚ Great work!

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