City Apartment Living…

One of the many things I’ve learned about living in a small space in the city is trying to creatively make the best use of space in my apartment. You really have to have a good grasp on what you’re working with and try to utilize every nook and cranny to the fullest.

I’ve really been in need of a workstation for my computer and large printer but I wasn’t willing to settle on just anything. I wanted something that made great use of my bedroom space but also matched my style without feeling like a dreaded office. For months, I had my computer set up on my coffee table in the living room while my printer’s home was next to one of the sofas. It was a strange and uncomfortable set up but like I said, I wasn’t willing to settle!

After some searching, I finally found the Sloane Leaning desk at Crate and Barrel and with its narrow but tall structure it fit the space I was eying. My sister and her husband have the whole set in mahogany, but with a little research and the help of Bruce at the Crate and Barrel on Boylston Street, I was able to track down the desk in white! With the walls in my bedroom being a very stark white and my bedroom furniture set being black, I figured this desk would work perfectly by placing little pops of color on the shelves.


As for the chair… the last thing I want my bedroom to look like is a typical office so a basic black office chair wasn’t going to cut it this time. I chose a great white leather chair (the Pullman Leather Chair @ Crate and Barrel), which I think I’m falling in love with… it’s so comfortable and makes me motivated to sit at my computer doing work! Cause I love leathaaa -anyone who watched Project Runway will appreciate that 😉

Other corners of my space:

my paper garden 😛



It’s crazy how productive you become when you have a clean bedroom. Should have listened to my parents a longggg time ago… woops! 😛

[Chels]

11 Responses to "City Apartment Living…"

  1. rattynposh says:

    Oooo! Your post has inspired me to go home and clean my room, Chels!! Your “Keep Calm” print looks fab over your bed — this room is catalog ready! 🙂

  2. Nicole says:

    Your bedroom is so cute, I love your new chair!!! cant wait to see it in person.

  3. Erin says:

    I love that “keep calm and carry on” print. I’ve almost bought it so many times, but really I think I need that phrase tattooed on my forehead in order to make any sort of true impact.

  4. transienttravels says:

    I love that desk and chair

  5. emrlds says:

    i’ve been looking for a desk like that! you’re my hero – i was searching for more table-like things at ikea, but the shelving will be helpful. yay! =) (note this means i obviously was not looking very hard. lol)

  6. Ace says:

    Oh it looks so cute, I love your bright red flowers. I’m still working on getting my apartment the way I want it, a reluctant messy boyfriend doesn’t help the process.

  7. Steven says:

    Is your room always that clean? If so you should come to Chicago and clean mine. Also, I think you should put a picture of your bf so you’re reminded every time you sit down how…..goofy he looks. 😛

  8. We Are Not Martha says:

    rattynposh: Thanks for the “catalog” compliment! I’ll gladly assist you with cleaning your room! 😛

    Nicole: Thanks! You’ll see it in a couple days 🙂

    Erin: haha I know what you mean about that print. That’s why I hung it above my bed, I have no choice but to look at it right when I walk into my room!

    TransientTravels: Thank you 🙂 with a little patience and research the right pieces come together at the right time!

    emrlds:oooooh how lovely! I’m glad I’m your hero! haha… the desk is awesome and such a good size for a space thats deprived of some square footage!

    ace: Thanks! I think I got the flowers at Michaels!

    Steven: I’m impressed you commented, goofy man!!! 😉

  9. rita says:

    i hear you about cleaning the bedroom. it’s so funny how the rest of our apt can be so clean, yet, when it comes to our bedroom… such a disaster! you just inspired me, girl! love your bedroom! i’ll start organizing ours.

  10. Christine says:

    I really like this desk and have been looking for something similar. Was it complicated to assemble?

  11. We Are Not Martha says:

    Rita: Glad I was able to add a little inspiration 🙂

    Christine: I set this desk up by myself! It’s extremley simple to assmble and not a budget breaker either, which is fantastic 🙂

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