Chez Moi: Before

Bienvenu chez moi! Welcome to my studio! I’m lucky enough to live in a comfortable little apartment in the sixth arrondissement of Paris, a beautiful neighborhood where you’ll find attractions like the Luxembourg Gardens, the Église Saint Sulpice and the Sorbonne. When I moved in, my goal was to turn my studio into a space I could love just as much as I love the surrounding neighborhood. Here’s a look at what my apartment looked like before I made it my own: 

Luckily my studio is tiny, so there wasn’t much space to decorate. But I was also limited by the renter’s curse: I can’t put holes in the walls, paint the walls, or move/remove anything. This forced me to be creative and frugal with my decorating. Here’s what I was hoping for as I set out upon my studio makeover adventure:

  1. Neutral bedding: I wanted bedding that would make a nice background for all of the other prints and patterns that would soon fill the apartment, namely my clothes and my scarves! (bedding: Target)
  2. Paper Lanterns: There is a shelf that hangs over my bed, and it is the perfect place for a garland of paper lanterns! (lanterns: Old Shanghai Online)
  3. Baskets: I don’t have a closet or a dresser, so I decided to use baskets to hold some of my clothes and my towels.
  4. Splashes of red: I love to decorate with red accessories to add warmth to a room. (bowl: Target; oven mit: Star Red Grill)
  5. Cute throw pillows: I know they’re useless, but I love decorative pillows! They add character to a space, and they are super fun! (pillow: Suzani)

And flowers! Replacing those wilted weeds in my flower box with beautiful summer blooms was priority number one!

How do you like to decorate? What do you do when you have limited decorating options?

Stay tuned for the “after” post!

Smiles and all the best,




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2 responses to “Chez Moi: Before

  1. These are great tips! I can’t wait to have my own apartment.

    <3 Melissa

  2. Pingback: Chez Moi: After (plus 5 tips for decorating small spaces) | Untethered as a Cloud


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