Single Girl Bachelor Apartment


You may remember, a few months ago (and through various mention in posts for the past 3 months), when I started this project. "The Single Girl Bachelor": When Ashley, the single girl, contacted me to do her bachelor apartment, I was more that ecstatic to work with her especially after hearing the horrific trials she had been through. Newly migrated to the city, Ashley first found herself living in a basement apartment a little bit smaller than this one. A few months after living in the space, she realized that her respiratory health had decreased tremendously. Something seemed to be in the air. After sometime away from her apartment she was welcomed home with the sight of mold that had grown on ALL her belongings. Her bed, sofa, cloths, shoes... I mean EVERYTHING. My space is my sanctuary, so I cannot even begin to imagine the feeling of coming home to that horror.

So moving into this new rental, Ashley was starting with nothing and a suffocatingly T-I-G-H-T budget to furnish her new space. I knew it would be tough, a definite thrift store and craigslist/kijiji project, but I was up for the challenge. My goal at the end of it was to have Ashley overjoyed with warmth every time she open the door to her place. Maybe in some small way it would help to relieve the pain of her first city rental experience.

The Before













I wasn't kidding when I said that she was starting from scratch with nothing. With the help of my favourite thrift shops and months of scouring the net, here is the reveal of the "Single Girl Bachelor Apartment"; decorating from scratch on a shoe thread budget. 


The Reveal





















59 comments:

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    1. Thank you LuLu! *big smile*

      xoxo
      Nike O.

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  2. Very well done! Great use of her space!

    XO,
    Rachel Ashley
    http://fashionablyliving.com

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    1. Thank you very much Hunny Bun ;)

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      Nike O.

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  3. Wow!!! Amazing!! Love the headboard!

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    1. Thanks Claire! I will actually be dedicating a post on how to make it. It is extremely easy :)

      xoxo
      Nike O.

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  4. WOW! I am so impressed! I'm pretty crappy at home decor so I will definitely be following you and combing through your blog to pick up tips!

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    1. Thank you for the kind words Nicole! I am definitely looking forward so seeing you around here :)

      xoxo
      Nike O.

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  5. It looks amazing! You are such a good designer.

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    1. Thank you Jamie :) It was a really fun project to work on.

      xoxo
      Nike O.

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  6. Oh my gosh... it looks SO great!! You are so good :)

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  7. Wow, Nike, what an incredible transformation! I love, love, love this makeover. Gorgeous color scheme, so perfectly coordinated and accessorized. I love this space! You must too.

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    1. Thank you Alison. I was a labour of love.

      xoxo
      Nike O.

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  8. OMG! You are Amazing! Seriously! Want to come do mine? I have a whole house for you to work with :) Thanks for stopping by my blog, will follow you when I get home and have access to GFC!

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    1. Thank you Sarah :) Let me know when...lol. You are most welcome... You have a great blog!

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      Nike O.

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  9. god you are amazing! this is beautiful :)

    thanks for stopping by my site! is there a way to follow yours?

    i hope you stop and follow mine :)

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    1. Thank you Rachael! Sure you could connect with me throughout Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram :) See you there.

      xoxo
      Nike O.

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  10. omg who are you?! You should be on Sex and the City or something miss bradshaw.....you're amazing! If only you did Australian homes as well.

    Couture Caddy x

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    1. LOL! Thank you Jacquii *blushing* You are most kind. Who knows. Maybe sometime soon :)

      xoxo
      Nike O.

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  11. i LOVE what you did with the space! i love the idea of throwing in a bookshelf to separate spaces.

    [oomph.]

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    1. Thank you oomph.! I love using that trick in small spaces. Dual function is the key especially when space is limited.

      xoxo
      Nike O.

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  12. Oh wow!! Amazing job! I love love love what you did with her space! FABBBB!!

    xx
    Giovanna
    www.HeyLoveBlog.com

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    1. Thank thank thank you Giovanni. The love is much appreciated :)

      xoxo
      Nike O.

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  13. wow that is such a fantastic before and after! you are so talented. smaller spaces (i.e. bachelor apts) are always so hard to style..but you make the space look so much more bigger but with a cozy and girl atmosphere..very stylish..love it!!

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    1. Thank you Lauren! *big toothy smile* Bachelor apartments are definitely a toughie but the are always the funnest! This was definitely a fun project :)

      xoxo
      Nike O.

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  14. Awesome job Nike! You should come do my living room and help with my Yellow and grey design
    Www.chillinwithtash.com :)

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    1. Thank you Tashieka! Let me know when and I'm there. Yellow and grey...mmm Love those colours!

      xoxo
      Nike O.

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  15. It looks amazing!!! I WISH I had your design style sense. I lived in a 450 square foot studio for five years so I know how important it is to love what you are living in as much as possible because there just isn't that much space to work with.

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    1. Thank you Cece :) You can definitely borrow it... stop by the ASK Nike section of my blog and ask me anything. 450 sq. ft.!? How exciting! My kinda space!

      xoxo
      Nike O.

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  16. Nike you are AMAZING!!!! Ok, I'm going to stop procrastinating and have you over so we can chat about my space. You are talented beyond words!!

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    1. Thank you so much Chivon!!! Big Hug and Kisses! Yes let's do that :) Just say the words and I am there!

      xoxo
      Nike

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  17. Amazing! Nike

    i heart it,

    shereen

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    1. Thank you for the love Shereen!

      xoxo
      Nike O.

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  18. oh my! This is amazing!!Love the concept of this blog - I too am living in about 800 sq ft.

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    1. Many thanks Kristin. I always like meeting my apartment (square footage twins)..lol Do share pictures. We would love to see it :)

      xoxo
      Nike O.

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  19. Oh my, amazing! You really made such a small space seem wonderful and home-y. Love it.

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    1. Thank you Katie. I really wanted her to feel at home. So important especially in a basement apartment.

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      Nike O.

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  20. Awesome job! I love how the whole place goes together now, and especially that white chair!

    <3 Josephine
    www.champagnestar.com

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    1. Thanks Josephine! I definitely have some favourites also ;)

      xoxo
      Nike O.

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  21. Oh wow you did a fantastic job!!! Its all neat and organised as well :D, xoxo.

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  22. OMG! You are amazing!!!!!!!! You completely transformed her space!

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    1. Thank you Carla! *Big smile*

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      Nike O.

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  23. THanks girl for visiting my blog and love your comment :)
    Your posts really give me new inspiration for my future new home!
    i m definitely following you for future reads
    feel free to follow up for my future fashion inspirations

    xoxo
    Your ChicFabCorner
    www.chicfabcorner.blogspot.com

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    1. You are most welcome Christy :) I am glad that I can be of some inspiration to you! I look forward to seeing you around my 800 Sq. Ft. in the future :)

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      Nike O.

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  24. FANTASTIC!!! YOU did an amazing job Nike!!!! You are soooooooo GREAT at what you do!:) Can someone from House & Home or Canadian Living call and feature you already? Like please? Thank you!!! LOL...I'm serious tho...Hope she's enjoying her space...can't wait for you to finish mine!:) Be proud of Nike - she is amazing!

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    1. Oh! Thank you Karlyn xoxo! You are awesome! So you place will be featured here too!

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  25. Oh, you did such a good job! great use of space, and amazing transformation, it looks so cozy and inviting! I adore small spaces, and live in one 500sqft apartment with husband and two little boys. Always scouring for more inspiration, and stumbled on your blog via Pinterest. I would love to feature this makeover on my blog, if you don't mind...
    Take care

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  26. Nike, your work is amazing, I love it. I dont usually like small spaces but you make this look so incredibly inviting, just awesome!

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  27. Great job!! She must be feeling so much better now in her new space!! Love the transformation!!

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  28. I love the apartment! Definitely an inspiration for me to spruce my little space up! Just a quick question, where did you get the high top table and chairs from? I'm looking to replace mine! Thanks!

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  29. This is my space... and I'm STILL in love with it!!! I had some friends over just last weekend from out of town who hadn't been over to visit since "Before"the make-over began! They loved it!!! I'm soooo happy with this place, I finally feel like I have a home that reflects me and my personality. It's so comfortable and yet so functional at the same time!!! Best make-over on a small space that I've ever seen (if I do say so myself!!!) hahaha. Keep up the amazing work Nike!!! <3!

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  30. Awesome. Great work!

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  32. It looks amazing! You are such a good designer.You completely transformed her space!Thomas the Tank Engine Beds

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  33. what an amazing transformation! it looks so great.EXPRESS BEDZ

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