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What $1,200 Will Get You In Texas | Sweet Digs | Refinery29

Oh sorry bud! It’s okay. It’s okay. Hi, I’m Erica and this is
Deacon. Welcome to our DIY
sweet digs. Come on in. I pay $1200 a month for a
one bedroom studio in Dallas, Texas by White
Rock Lake. For the size of the space,
I think the rent is actually a pretty good deal
especially this close to the lake with
all of the hiking and biking trails. I share the space with my
65 pound Belgian Malinois named Deacon. So this is the bathroom. I knew that I wanted to keep
it very minimalist in here because it is a
small space. So the only thing that I really
focused on in terms of decoration here is the art, which I made all of the art
in here. I have the little sign that says,
“Wash your hands you filthy animal.” “Get naked.” And then of course the big
Prada sign. I didn’t really like the sliding
shower door because I feel like it really
truncates the space. So I went ahead and put up a
curtain because having that very long shower curtain
I feel like really elongates it and makes the room feel
bigger. In my next apartment I
absolutely have to have a bathtub. I love taking baths. I didn’t really think that
I would miss it that much however living my life without
a tub for the first time ever I’m now regretting all of
my life choices. One of the first things I did
when I moved in, is I got rid of all of the doors
on the closets. There’s one, two, three here. And I knew that I wanted to have
easy access to all of my clothes so I went ahead and just took
them off before I even moved in and put up curtains instead. One thing that I changed pretty
quickly once I had moved in is cover up this barn door,
which was just this very boring grey color. I found someone who made
these really cool floral print wallpapers. Unfortunately it was a little
bit smaller than my barn door, so only half of the
door is covered. I just make sure that I don’t
ever close it all the way and then no one has to know. This is the bedroom. The bedroom was a little
bit of a challenge because it’s a ten foot by
ten foot room and I needed to fit all of
my books, my bed, and and my dog’s crate in
this very small space. The first thing I did was I set
up the bookcases. We ran into some problems
in terms of anchoring it because there is no wall to
anchor the top two cases to. I actually had two of my friends
come over, one of who is an engineer and they helped
me anchor the bottom ones to the wall,
then the top ones to the bottom ones. The top of the top ones to
the ceiling of the room. And then of course to all of
the side walls as well. We knew that because there
wasn’t enough room for me to have a ladder in there,
I would have to be able to climb the shelves themselves
to get to the books on the top. So it had to be structurally
sound enough that all 100 pounds of me could
move up and down it without putting my life in danger. It’s funny. A lot of people would
say, “Why so many books?” This is really not that many
books. I have very clear and distinct
memories associated with a lot of these books. Like, Watership Down I read
in the car on the way to a motocross
competition. And like I remember where
we were like at state lines depending on what chapter
I was in, right? I remember what was playing
on the radio when I read certain pieces. And that was, you know,
almost two decades ago at this point. I really struggled with the bed
because I needed a way to fit both my dog’s crate
and my bed in the same footprint with as much
storage attached to it as possible. I got an idea from Ikea hackers. There was a college dorm that
had used cowlicks underneath their lofted bed. And I thought, “Well what if I
used cowlicks on two of the sides, the side and
the back and then did a Mong also on
one side.” Then I could put standard
bed slats across the top, put the crate underneath,
and then I can pull the crate out and access the
storage as well. And it turned out really well. Aside from the crate, the
most expensive thing that I’ve purchased for my
house is the bookshelves and then the
Mong and cowlicks that make the bed. I got pretty much everything
else second hand for this. I really wanted to make sure
that the structural integrity was there and that
they were new and that they all matched. Yeah, that one Ikea trip
really put me back. But it was okay, it was
worth it clearly. How did I meet Deacon? I actually had a deposit on
a German Shepard puppy from a kennel. And they said, “Hey, we have a
dog from a different litter, from a Belgian Shepard litter,
who we think would be a really good fit for you. But
would you like to come meet him?” And of course I left with
him after meeting him. I knew pretty much
immediately that he was the dog for me. So it was love at first sight,
if you will. This is the living room and this is the kitchen. So the kitchen and the living
room are just all one big room. Whenever I’m baking, I tend
to be watching TV at the same time. Usually it’s a hockey game,
but sometimes I will put on The Great British
Baking Show and watch that while I’m
baking. And that’s like a special
treat. So I found out I had celiac
disease my freshman year of college, so I learned
very quickly that if I wanted a good
tasting dessert I had to pretty much make
it myself. Which thankfully is not
really the case anymore, but that necessitated
getting a couple gluten free cookbooks. Specifically how to make
cupcakes because that is my vice. I found a wall hanging that
I really liked, but several hundred dollars. Definitely could not afford
that, so I went to Home Depot, got myself a
dowel rod, ordered a bunch of yarn
on Amazon, then I just sort of put it
together in a way that I thought looked good. And I think I did a pretty
good job. I actually found an art
installation that was being taken down on
Craig’s List for $20, which was basically this
but quite a bit larger. And as you can see, I cut
off the sides and turned two of the sides
into those shelves. Both of my parents are
engineers, but my dad grew up on a
farm and as a kid he kind of raised me with
this idea that you try to do everything yourself. With YouTube as an additional,
helpful resource I found that in most ways,
I can figure out a way to construct something
on my own. The honeycomb shelves,
I actually made with my dad. They’re one of my
favorite things in the apartment. So it’s a fun little reminder of
a very entertaining weekend spent with
my father. The most sentimental item oh well that would be
Carlos. So my mother knits and
crochets and so when I moved, she said
she wanted to make me something. And I said, sort of jokingly, “Oh you
should make me like a succulent pillow.” And the next time I came home
she had a cactus pillow made for me. She would do quite well on
Etsy, however she’s too busy being a high
powered engineer. So I am an only child and
because of that I’m very close with both
of my parents. My mom actually sends me
cards at least once a month. The newest one goes on
the tray by my fruit bowl, but the rest of them get posted
on the hallway wall next to the mirror where I
put on my jewelry every morning. And then obviously my dad
has helped me with several of my projects around
the house. So having like very visible
forms of their affection for me present in my life
is pretty important, yeah. I definitely like to keep things
tidy. I’ll let like a little but of mess
build during the day, like I might leave some dishes
in the sink or something. But every night before I
go to bed, pick up all of Deacon’s toys, I make
him help me sometimes, so that when I wake up every
morning I have like this clean slate to start
my day. Part of what I love about
this apartment is the fact that my view is
very calming. And I can just sit there and
write for hours while looking at the
preserve. I have my bird feeder set
out there for that exact reason. I have all kinds of birds
that will come and eat. You get like this really
wonderful juxtaposition of like wildlife but then also
like creature comforts indoors. Which I really enjoy. Thanks for watching my
sweet digs. To watch more videos like
this, click here. To subscribe, click here. Say bye, Deacon. Bye.


Manda H

Jul 7, 2019, 2:05 pm Reply

Love that she has Anne rice books .. I have them all too and bring them to every house I go to.. books are important !


Jul 7, 2019, 6:52 pm Reply

lmaoo catch me moving to Texas?

Samantha Roberson

Jul 7, 2019, 7:35 pm Reply

She looks like Millie bobby brown!

Jojo Augustus

Jul 7, 2019, 7:46 pm Reply

Great flat. But annoying vocal fry


Jul 7, 2019, 8:18 pm Reply

I love her so much! We happen to share the same style and the same autoimmune disease, which is super interesting, at last to me!

Beatriz Medina

Jul 7, 2019, 12:02 am Reply

Check out my channel, traveling around Portugal!
Cool vid btw <3

sara isabel

Jul 7, 2019, 6:12 am Reply

Actually you can also get a 3 bed/ 2 bathroom rented house for $1,200

frida sanchez

Jul 7, 2019, 9:03 am Reply

Gurl i – i live in California and thats bigger than my house and we pay way more ??

Nightmare Strawberry Chic

Jul 7, 2019, 9:52 am Reply

Your home is pretty. Your dog is pretty too.

Xiomara Vasquez-Gee

Jul 7, 2019, 4:43 pm Reply

oh that is a lovely space ?

Malia A

Jul 7, 2019, 1:06 am Reply

Wow, she's like.. really pretty.

Ellie McHale

Jul 7, 2019, 1:06 am Reply

Deacon is beautiful!

Divya Sasidharan

Jul 7, 2019, 1:32 am Reply

the dog.. the bookshelf.. the craft with her dad n her mom's cards n cactus pillow.. this vdo is so wholesome n warm.. m tickled

phillipa horton

Jul 7, 2019, 4:15 am Reply

This is exsactly why i love sweet digs. I love seeing a peek into someones life. What they love/value, how creative they can be etc… I LOVE HER BOOKSHELF!

For awhile there sweet digs was taking a turn for the worst. It was being used as more of a platform for 'wannabe influencers/bloggers' to market their products/website/brand……

Please give me more homes like Erica's.

Lex Lo

Jul 7, 2019, 3:02 pm Reply

This has been my absolute favorite episode, and it’s also just really wholesome to see someone who has such a loving relationship with their parents and has clearly learned a lot from them, and it shows it her space. Very cool.

Israel Villapudua

Jul 7, 2019, 3:08 pm Reply

Yeah try getting a place lile that in LA cali for 1200 ?


Jul 7, 2019, 3:59 pm Reply

People go to die at that lake. It seems that there's always a murder or suicide there. I wouldn't recommend living near it.


Jul 7, 2019, 1:33 am Reply

A "one bedroom studio"? That is not a thing?

pwincess gigi

Jul 7, 2019, 4:00 am Reply

Damn, that's a good price for rent.

michelle bohman

Jul 7, 2019, 5:15 am Reply

Oh my wow! This is literally my fav!i absolutely love this style! The bedroom, those bookshelves, bed, storage is all stunning! I need this style!

Alexandra Nero

Jul 7, 2019, 2:06 pm Reply

My favorite episode. Love this! Loooove this!


Jul 7, 2019, 8:59 pm Reply

Lol I live in Dallas too, but I've been contemplating moving to NYC after I graduate from undergrad.. everytime I watch a video on NYC rent and TX rent and compare the space it always makes me want to move less :/

Mindyour fuckingbusiness

Jul 7, 2019, 12:12 pm Reply

I want this type of home….

Tallulah Wright

Jul 7, 2019, 6:21 pm Reply

For the closet doors I would have done sliding mirror doors to make the space look bigger.

Tallulah Wright

Jul 7, 2019, 6:24 pm Reply

Omg I have coeliac too xx

Gloria Ramirez

Jul 7, 2019, 4:09 am Reply

I pay 725 in Dallas oak cliff.

Ebo J.

Jul 7, 2019, 7:01 am Reply

Your space is really beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Yesenia Olivares

Jul 7, 2019, 2:28 pm Reply

Such a cute space!!! But that's a one bedroom, definitely not a studio

Carolyn Brown

Jul 7, 2019, 11:50 pm Reply

I enjoyed your apartment tour it's BEAUTIFUL! I love everything in it and about it thank you for sharing??

Terri MacKay

Jul 7, 2019, 10:22 am Reply

There is no such thing as too many books!! ?


Jul 7, 2019, 5:39 pm Reply

Love this space!

Nana Yaa

Jul 7, 2019, 1:11 am Reply

She was so calming to watch! ?

Gert-Jan van der Lee

Jul 7, 2019, 7:24 am Reply

I love your dog! ?

Sweetheart Care Bear

Jul 7, 2019, 2:32 pm Reply

I think we'd be best friends if I were your age. I love books too! You can never have too many. Your style is classy and cool! I also love your beautiful dog! I have a GSD too. She is a beauty and very smart. Thank you for your video. It one of my favorites!❤?

Marlen Chicas

Jul 7, 2019, 8:32 pm Reply

I live in Dallas also, downtown, in a high rise with an amazing view and in the middle of skyscrapers. I pay $1285 for 827 sqft….this seems pricy for a studio.


Jul 7, 2019, 4:45 am Reply

I love everything about this apartment 🙂

Tee Coleman

Aug 8, 2019, 7:26 pm Reply


Sarah holland

Aug 8, 2019, 5:40 am Reply

I love it. But putting those curtains on the closets instead of doors doesn't fit the modern look of the rest of it. It's very rustic/student bedsit.

Karina Rabadan

Aug 8, 2019, 4:42 pm Reply



Aug 8, 2019, 9:55 pm Reply

Ur parents are amazing

Firda Maruf

Aug 8, 2019, 10:39 pm Reply

This is definitely, so far, the most beautiful home that doesn't sacrifice an arm or a leg! Love looovvee how her craftiness inspires me, how she utilizes every space and don't get me started on the bookshelf ?

Maximillian Dirnfeld

Aug 8, 2019, 3:23 pm Reply

very cute apartment for what it is and the size really nice job


Aug 8, 2019, 9:25 am Reply

She's right, in the south we'd call that small…I live in South Florida, but I love her aesthetic and I think she did a lovely job with the space. I also love that her mom sends her cards regularly and that she built things with her dad. My dad was the same..he passed this year. I sure miss him…I feel slightly envious when I see others with their dad…in more of a longing way, not a mean way.


Aug 8, 2019, 4:36 pm Reply

Super cute. You have good design Tastes.

Learning Light

Aug 8, 2019, 10:50 pm Reply

She’s so sweet

Elena Vernon

Aug 8, 2019, 2:57 am Reply

I love this!!!

Ken & Kev

Aug 8, 2019, 5:31 am Reply

She probably has the cutest apt I’ve ever seen dead ass

Michelle Lyman

Aug 8, 2019, 9:53 pm Reply

I'm in love with Deacon

Barbara Carter

Aug 8, 2019, 10:21 pm Reply

She remind me of my Daughter, so carefree and Beautiful, What a Wonderful Space…Hi Decon!


Aug 8, 2019, 2:33 pm Reply

She’s freakin awesome

Lola Boy

Aug 8, 2019, 9:06 pm Reply

Beautiful place but its too hot there.


Aug 8, 2019, 12:03 am Reply

How do I get on my sweet digs?!?

Candice Dodd

Aug 8, 2019, 4:35 pm Reply

My favorite episode!
Her relationship with her parents is so sweet! Being an only child it’s so important to have a great bond with your family.

I love how crafty her parents are! I wish I was crafty like that. I’m so damn lazy!!

And her dog is such a cutie bear! I wanna hold him ?

Justina George

Aug 8, 2019, 4:38 pm Reply

that is the calmest malinois i've ever seen


Aug 8, 2019, 7:50 am Reply

A diy of the book shelf itself would be amazing. I would like to do this for my own room. (Also from Texas heyheyhey!)

DJ Jones

Aug 8, 2019, 7:54 am Reply

I’m loving her styling and house decor!! I myself prefer the gothic-glam style but the way she decorated the space was just wonderful. It was such a cute style

Jasmine JAckson

Aug 8, 2019, 2:27 pm Reply

kennel dog though no bueno

Ms. Gaston –

Aug 8, 2019, 8:19 pm Reply

This is amazing! Such a grounded young woman. Loved this!!!! She is great!!!! Loved everything about her space. So conventional.

srajal bansal

Aug 8, 2019, 8:30 pm Reply

This girl is wife material ?

LonleyBoy27 123

Aug 8, 2019, 8:57 pm Reply

Her clothes must be full of dust

AVE Skincare

Aug 8, 2019, 6:05 pm Reply

Just Lovely!


Aug 8, 2019, 8:46 pm Reply

Great job and great roommate

Debra Huddleston

Aug 8, 2019, 1:07 am Reply

What is a one bedroom studio? I googled it and all I get is the difference between a studio and a one bedroom.


Aug 8, 2019, 12:45 pm Reply

Oh i love your view and furniture, the honeycomb shelf is wonderful, best regards to Carlos!

Aliyah Banks

Aug 8, 2019, 8:05 pm Reply

Running to ikea now to make that bed

Pabst Blue Ribbon

Aug 8, 2019, 9:50 pm Reply

I would love to see a video in Atlanta!

Dalia Cruz

Aug 8, 2019, 12:21 am Reply

Where did she bought the crate?

Christin K

Aug 8, 2019, 4:15 pm Reply

MORE non-NYC tours please!!

greg scott

Aug 8, 2019, 9:22 pm Reply

Ridiculous amounts of books for that reason I'm out!

AlexZandra Paul

Aug 8, 2019, 12:53 am Reply

awww super cute


Aug 8, 2019, 4:07 pm Reply

I love how she said "this is really not that many books" yes it is girl lol but do your thing

Pamela Fox

Aug 8, 2019, 12:12 am Reply

I love your place and all the things you made are beautiful.


Aug 8, 2019, 12:06 am Reply

uu you should help me with ideas for the interior design of my loft; Your crib looks chic

Sharon 92075

Aug 8, 2019, 9:47 pm Reply

Luv Deacon!

Emma Akpan

Aug 8, 2019, 12:09 am Reply

yall: 1200 in NYC! i can get a 4 bedroom house for that much in texas! meanwhile in texas.

Pamela Code

Aug 8, 2019, 11:36 am Reply

OK loving these videos. My husband and I are moving back to the US (wanna go to Austin, TX maybe) with our two dogs… Currently we live on the 25th floor which makes walking them a significant part of our day. So I would reaaaallllly love to see some ground level rentals if possible! This video was so great btw, I love Deacon!

Brandi Howard

Aug 8, 2019, 2:41 pm Reply

Where did you get that crate? I have a big dog too and it looks like a great one for my pup.

Tama Moni

Aug 8, 2019, 2:51 am Reply

She never said what she does for a living.


Sep 9, 2019, 3:14 pm Reply

I need this place!!!!! so beautiful ?

Eleni Taylor

Sep 9, 2019, 3:20 pm Reply

I knew she was an avid reader when she said "truncate" !!

tasnuva noor

Sep 9, 2019, 11:14 pm Reply

This one is my favorite by far! Everything in the apartment has a sentimental value to her and that's just beautiful 🙂

Dog World

Sep 9, 2019, 10:57 pm Reply

That’s a very small crate for such a big dog☹️

Nastashia Young

Sep 9, 2019, 1:50 am Reply

I understand the book thing. I was so hurt when my girlfriend lost my Harry Potter books moving.


Sep 9, 2019, 5:05 am Reply

Beautiful home

Itsjust Rachel

Sep 9, 2019, 9:53 am Reply

So pretty


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Erin Wanner

Sep 9, 2019, 5:19 am Reply

Wow this is nice? I pay 1200 for a 375 square foot studio in Minneapolis MN smh


Sep 9, 2019, 5:18 pm Reply

Her doggy just laying next to her and clearly wanting to always have contact with her is so sweet ?

Pauline Walters

Oct 10, 2019, 2:00 am Reply

Her rent is more than my mortgage.

Elle Keener

Oct 10, 2019, 8:16 pm Reply

She has been incredibly clever with the space/

Asa & Darlene Gordon

Oct 10, 2019, 8:35 am Reply

“This is really is not a lot of books…” It’s enough for a small bookstore. Come back to reality.

M2M Mirakelle

Oct 10, 2019, 3:15 am Reply


BTW any He lp is APPRECIATED ?❤️

Love & Light

Oct 10, 2019, 11:58 pm Reply

Beautifully decorated, clean, airy, Zen and feminine. You did a wonderful job! Sweet Dog too.

sami justine

Oct 10, 2019, 11:31 pm Reply

I'm 100 pounds and have celiac too

Liza Das

Oct 10, 2019, 8:38 pm Reply

Love it! ?

Felicia Mesadieu

Oct 10, 2019, 4:34 am Reply

This sweet dig was PHENOMENAL!!!


Oct 10, 2019, 4:02 am Reply

Anyone know what dog crate she owns? Would love one!

Rita Akopova

Oct 10, 2019, 7:07 am Reply

You’ll never get it the same price in California , never ??

Morgan Cain

Oct 10, 2019, 11:43 am Reply

The bookshelf is a dream come true for me.

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