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10 Small Apartment Decorating Hacks & Tips


Hi everybody, it’s Letitia. As you guys
know I am on a super big home decor kick. I mean I have always been ever since I
moved into my own place, as you saw in my previous thrifting video. I picked up a lot
of second-hand home decor pieces for very cheap. I don’t know how people
do this where they move into an apartment and they somehow are able to
completely furnish and completely fill up all their spaces and fill up all
their shelves, because we’ve lived here for two to three years now. So it
continues to be a work in progress but as you know it gets really expensive to
do home decor. But these are some small apartment decor hacks that you can do to
maximize on the space that you have. So the first hack that you want to do is
to build up. You want to maximize all the wall space that you have even if it’s a
rental unit. You can have some very space friendly wall hangings that you can put
with command strip you can add shelves. And even this like little nook in our
bedroom, it’s just this tiny little corner so we took some really small
shelves and they’re white so then they blend right into this space. And we use
decor and plants to fill out that space. I have a backdrop system as well and
I’ll have my office decor. I’ve been doing an office rental and that’ll be a
separate video but I just wanted to note that this is hung right above the door
where it was a space that would have never been used. Which brings me to my
next point. If you have small knickknacks and you have small decor pieces, I think
that those pieces are actually necessary for the home because that’s what makes
your home your home. It’s really nice to come home and be able to look at
something that just kind of, it just kind of greets you like hey this is your
place, welcome home. Aside from the memorabilia pieces, almost everything on
this shelf is thrifted. So everything you find can actually be very affordable, you
just have to be a bit more creative about where you look for it. With this
shelf, is that one standout piece. This is a very random area, it’s kind of like
in-between our entryway. It’s an open concept kind of apartment so the space
used to be really like, this is where we hid all of our books behind the mirror.
We had like random photo frames that we still haven’t, I still haven’t hung up. It
was a huge eyesore and it was right in front like right when you walk in the
door you’ll see it. I know that there are lots of shelves that you can buy
and technically a shelf can be just like the white ones that we have in our
bedroom. They can be used to blend into the apartment and bring out your decor
pieces, but they can also be a standout piece on its own. In each room I try to
do my best to invest in one standout piece. When we first moved into our place
we didn’t have a bed, so it wasn’t until we moved into this apartment, so our
second home did we actually buy a bed frame. So everything we do, we try to save
up for. We look for that one thing that we really want and then you just wait.
And I have this little nook in my apartment where it looks out to the
street and it looks out to the park and this is just the perfect armchair. When
you find a chair that is so deep that you could like settle in on it perfectly
and put up your feet because I always put up my feet. Like I have my feet up
right now. That is the piece that’s worth investing in in my case. Love that it’s
velvet and I love that it’s surrounded by all my plants. There is always space
for plants and for some reason it just never looks too cluttered. And it adds so
much life to your room no matter if you live in a studio apartment whatever. If
you could find space to even hang your plants, there’s always space for plants. So
we try to enforce very strict rules in this house is not to buy unitaskers,
especially in the kitchen. Well like one thing I have is zucchini a zoodler
and those, that’s a unitasker. It only does one thing. We really try to slim
down on bulky pieces and choose multi-tasking items. Because it’s just
the two of us we kind of decided to not get a dining table. We kind of put stools
around the coffee table. Our coffee table also lifts up into a table it’s opened
up the room a lot more and it felt like a worthy sacrifice. Sacrifice? I feel like
some rules are meant to be broken, but you do want to stick to a relatively
neutral color scheme in terms of furniture. I’ll only have a couple of
accent color pieces like the side table and then the copper floor lamp. Little
pinkish tones from the pink side-table bring it back to the
bedroom with the headboard. If you guys are wondering no Stefan is not afraid
of pink, he actually really likes it. I just wanted to preface that because I
kind of feel self-conscious that people think that I just do all the decisions.
And you also want to choose furniture with more delicate design. Like this
couch for example, is not a couch to the floor. It has legs and even though I’ve
put storage underneath it still keeps things light. If you notice a lot of my
furniture still has legs so it’s not just a block of furniture. For the entire
home I follow this rule where it’s unless it’s for display you put it away.
If you see my washroom countertops like I have a randomly big side of a
countertop in my washroom I know a lot of people will have their makeup in like
clear cases and on their countertop but I actually keep all of my makeup in the
drawers. So you use your decor pieces to make your statement instead instead of
your clutter. So if you want to maintain that neutral color scheme but your house
is looking kind of drab, it needs a bit of life to it, you can add texture
instead of color like this super soft throw. It’s just a nice off-white but the
way that the light plays with it you know like it creates a lot more
dimension you want to add warm textures and like in a land of stainless steel
appliances putting in pieces like this kind of makes you even feel warmer
already. You know like naked on a bearskin rug kind of homey and cozy. So I
hope you guys enjoyed this video if you like home decor videos let us know and
if you have any requests let me know. I’ll continue to be thrifting home decor
and also working around the house because there’s still a lot of stuff
that we do need to work on. And thank you so much Article for collaborating with
me on this video. It means a lot to be able to come home and actually feel at home
and being able to express yourself through your home. So big thank you to
Article and I will see you guys next time bye!

53 Comments

Giselle Guerrero

Mar 3, 2019, 11:20 pm Reply

loved! more decor videos please 🙂

Deena NoniDagoo

Mar 3, 2019, 11:25 pm Reply

loving these house deco tips ! (PS: how did you set up your own backdrop like that ? Is it set up like how you set up a curtain maybe ? )

honeybdream

Mar 3, 2019, 11:27 pm Reply

Great video! I love easy home decor tips ✨

usagififi

Mar 3, 2019, 12:29 am Reply

i love your place and will definitely be implementing these tips!! sad i missed the premiere~

Mauna Pearlstein

Mar 3, 2019, 12:32 am Reply

So wonderful. I cannot wait to send your video to my cousin who just moved to a new apartment.

Maria Ramos

Mar 3, 2019, 1:22 am Reply

?? one of my favorite decor video so far. Love your home style. Hola! From Mexico ??

Kirthiga

Mar 3, 2019, 1:24 am Reply

LOVE the side table, that green arm chair and the wooden shelf. gimmeeeeeeeee

#LETITIAKIUTO100K

Amanda Chan

Mar 3, 2019, 2:39 am Reply

Loved these tips. I’ve been struggling with decorating my place for a while and this helped a lot.

lorne baird

Mar 3, 2019, 3:04 am Reply

love this Letitia! Thank you!

Paula Dealday

Mar 3, 2019, 3:06 am Reply

this is so helpful and beautiful lov u..

Ronja Räubertochter

Mar 3, 2019, 6:44 am Reply

You’re so eloquent and relatable! So happy I found you years ago and you still continue to make amazing content

TheMralexander19

Mar 3, 2019, 6:52 am Reply

Great video! Please upload more home decor stuff. Can i as a man request a girl wha??? Podcast idea? What if yall talked about socities views on menstruation/periods?

Emma J

Mar 3, 2019, 7:41 am Reply

2:19 me AF. Trying to move all the books at once, and they end up falling, so then I have to pick them up one by one anyway.

appie

Mar 3, 2019, 12:06 pm Reply

I thought this was very well expressed 🙂 valuable tips!

There She Goes

Mar 3, 2019, 2:58 pm Reply

Ahh love your space ? such a great way to use multifunctional items for your small space!!

Leslie Urias

Mar 3, 2019, 7:47 pm Reply

You have such great tips 🙂 I’m also saving up to buy a bed for when I move in to my next apartment I can’t wait !

J TEODORO

Mar 3, 2019, 9:31 pm Reply

Even though you did not do an ENTIRE apartment tour, i can already tell i love the space! The wooden shelf unit is beautifullllll!

nomaichi

Mar 3, 2019, 10:11 pm Reply

i love that shelf!!! it's so beautiful and perfect for that space.

also i love your shirt lol

nomaichi

Mar 3, 2019, 10:14 pm Reply

i agree with no unitaskers, but it was hard to whip cream with forks/hot pot basket spoon things. ;))))

nomaichi

Mar 3, 2019, 10:19 pm Reply

btw love your home decor videos! i always really appreciate your style. i'm still working on furnishing/decorating my place… even though i've lived there for almost eleven years LOL.. just no time.

Linda Smith

Mar 3, 2019, 12:05 am Reply

I love your ideas and look forward to any others you can share. thanks!

BM xx

Mar 3, 2019, 4:45 am Reply

Thank you for the video! I'll be moving in my own apartment by the end of the year, so it comes just on time ?

Gretchen Nesmith

Mar 3, 2019, 4:50 pm Reply

I love the tips you just gave, however I love your little nook area with a green velvet chair it is so cozy. I just love love love that chair can I have it please. lol

Theresa M. aka 50Plus2013

Mar 3, 2019, 12:48 am Reply

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gatorred789

Mar 3, 2019, 7:32 pm Reply

There are way too many close up shots of everything. It's hard to see how it all looks together. Way too zoomed in and too shaky.

gatorred789

Mar 3, 2019, 7:34 pm Reply

Totally nauseous from all the blurry shaky close up shots.

ktonlai

Mar 3, 2019, 2:35 am Reply

DIS VIDEO. I LIKE.

Egg Trolls

Mar 3, 2019, 6:31 am Reply

I love your game plan of finding pieces you love and waiting while saving up! Makes sure you really love all the pieces in your home

Pamala Hanson

Mar 3, 2019, 1:06 pm Reply

New to your channel and love your hacks for small space living. Your decor gives the lived in look with being fresh & modern. Thanks hope to learn more hacks?

Ruth Goddard

Mar 3, 2019, 3:40 pm Reply

I love that you have sych pretty and personal objects in your place,so many now are trying to forse minamalism on the rest of us and made to feel guilty when we dont.love your place

Dream Studios

Mar 3, 2019, 7:04 pm Reply

don't know who you are but found this video. I like. Subbed!

Lisa Hong

Mar 3, 2019, 2:25 am Reply

Ooooh… where is your coffee table from? I need something like that in my space!

MsChocolatte15

Mar 3, 2019, 2:38 am Reply

The chair is beautiful and you mentioned the chair being worth investing in, but weren’t you sent the item for free?

sd201027

Mar 3, 2019, 6:57 pm Reply

I almost got a copper clothing rack… love yours

The Gypsy Queen

Mar 3, 2019, 12:54 pm Reply

I love the floating shelves for displaying pretty items. Also love how you corporated second hand pieces in your place! Do you have difficulties keeping the plants alive? I'm so afraid they'll die on me.

Carmen Ramirez

Mar 3, 2019, 6:31 am Reply

Where is that cute pillow from?

Pineapple – Interior Design

Mar 3, 2019, 3:31 pm Reply

Like you ideas! ?

Weisong Tang

Mar 3, 2019, 3:01 am Reply

Hello Letitia, thank you for sharing! Love your livingroom table, where did you get it? Never thought about an open up high coffee table, looks great!

Diana Puma

Mar 3, 2019, 2:56 pm Reply

This video makes me want to have my own apartment one day!! ?

Letiic

Apr 4, 2019, 9:06 pm Reply

You have the same name as me :3 but my name is spelled differentlt but the pronounciation is the same! Leticia ^^ I’m your new subscriber! Love your videos 🙂 greetings from The Netherlands!

clear & calming

Apr 4, 2019, 4:48 am Reply

so prettyyy and great tips Thank you!

Airfold Towel Rod byAetris

Apr 4, 2019, 1:49 am Reply

I want your couch!

Marie C

Apr 4, 2019, 6:11 pm Reply

My FAVORITE tip: There's always space for plants. Yes, yes yes!!!!! Loved this video!

Caroline Gray

Apr 4, 2019, 6:13 pm Reply

Good video

Caroline Gray

Apr 4, 2019, 6:14 pm Reply

Nice to have a little space in the flat

Michelle M

Apr 4, 2019, 7:05 pm Reply

I don't know where to put all my makeup and it's not for decor… I have no clue where to put it but you gave me something to think about when you said "unless it's for decor put it away"

Jacqy Hermosilla

Apr 4, 2019, 9:26 pm Reply

price tag

chicagotalkshowhost

Apr 4, 2019, 11:46 pm Reply

This is a great video, thank you for putting it up. I just moved into a Chicago basement apartment, and I'm hoping to turn it from what feels like a prison cell, to something you'd see at some cafe-bistro type of place, although I'm still not too sure about what to do w/my workout bench 😛 because it sticks right out. And, well, it's a workout bench.

SCC

May 5, 2019, 6:56 pm Reply

Coffee table is a worthy "investment". How's that?

Juanita Theron

May 5, 2019, 11:13 pm Reply

Loved the tips! Super useful and doesn’t feel pretentious like some other decor youtube videos

BlackJem

Jul 7, 2019, 5:55 am Reply

"there's always room for plants"
me looks over in the corner where my dead succulent is…

Audun Bratlie

Jul 7, 2019, 8:02 am Reply

Pro tip: Find a better cameraman!

ms thang

Jul 7, 2019, 12:26 am Reply

what’s the name of the plant at 0:52 ? I love the variation in color, so beautiful

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