The House of Yes: A Tour

In a little over a month I’ll be disassembling my adorable apartment, passing along my furniture to my students and packing everything else into my car. But before I begin the process of getting rid of my worldly possessions, I thought my little flat deserved a bit of a photo shoot.Even though I left home at 18, this is the first apartment that has been 100% my own – not shared with roommates or a boyfriend or partially furnished when I moved in. I found this apartment. I chose the paint color. I picked out every last thing that’s inside these walls. It’s a lovely feeling to have a space that is so unequivocally mine.

You’ve probably seen a few of these pictures before on Yes and Yes. Any particularly well-composed, well-lit photos were taken by my very talented friend Sam Rapson.

Also! 98% of what you see here is second hand. And with the exception of electronics, nothing cost more than $150!

My tiny, tiny office
Desk: Salvation Army
Chair: Salvation Army
File cabinet: spray painted with ‘hammered steel effex’ paint, Salavation Army
Lamp: small town thrift store in Wisconsin

Dress dummy: second hand display store
Dress: Salvation Army (I actually go to this particular Salvation Army so frequently, the cashier put aside this dress for me because she knew I’d like it!)

My ‘entry/dining room’
I painted my front door with chalkboard paint – all the better for list making!

Table: Ikea, via Craigslist
Awesome beaded skull placemat: Target Halloween section

Floating shelves: Ikea, via Craigslist
Takk For Maten plaque: Grandma. (It’s means ‘Thank you for the meal’ in Norwegian)
Skull: Salvation Army, painted it black with left over chalkboard paint

Fake orchid: Goodwill
Stereo: Target
Frames: Salvation Army and Dollar Tree
Prints: The Internet

My tiny, tiny living room
Oh, but it’s wee! Just enough space for a tiny love seat, this crazy banquet and an area rug.

Love seat: Ikea, via Craigslist
Banquet: Salvation Army (for $12!!!) spray painted lime green
Head: Ikea
Clock: Unique Thrift (when you push the button on top, it says the time! (incorrectly))
Light: Ikea

My tiny, tiny kitchen

This is the only photo you get. Because this is pretty much all there is to it – two square feet of counter and a doll-sized stove.

Cow salt-n-pepper shaker: gift
Secret special stove-sized cutting board: Ikea (if you also have a tiny kitchen, I cannot recommend these cutting boards highly enough! No lie, they will revolutionize your life)

My tiny, tiny bathroom

Again with the tiny. I made up for the total lack of storage space by mounting this shelf and storing my beauty bobbles in this decorative box.

Shelf: Salvation Army
Box: Ikea
Bottle: Salvation Army
Tiny voodoo bottles and statue: Brazil
Shower curtain:

My awesome, awesome lady closet

Do you remember what it looked like before? This closet was a major selling point on this apartment. I am not exagerating when I say that I’ve been wanting a closet like this since I was 11.

Storage bins: Salvation Army, painted with left over chalk board paint
Funny bottle: Asian grocery story

This is what it looked like after I re-did it! (P.S. I style the sweet bejesus out of this photo. I don’t really wear exclusively black, white and turqouise clothing. But it sure looks nice, doesn’t it?)

My bedroom

I love having a corner apartment. It’s so lovely and bright! Even if my view is only of the neighbor’s back yard and the alley.

Frames: Salvation Army
Photos: my friends and me!
Funny shoes: antique store in Taiwan
Elephant chain: Taiwan

Curtains: Ikea
White bedspread: Target
Embroidered blanket: Sapa, Vietnam

Thanks so much for touring my place! Have you ever had an apartment (or house) that’s 100% your own? How do you like it?



that is all so beautiful. thumbs up to you for keeping quality even though you know you'll move on.

i lived by myself or with a bf since i moved from my parents, but when i moved to nz, i had to squeeze in with seven others! now we're just five, and i'm learning to like it. it makes things a bit more interesting and fun, even though i'm having detailed dreams about my huge and nicely furnished stockholm apartment right now.

Wild Boomba

Wow! Your photos are great and I love the way you used every tiny, tiny bit of space to refelct your personality. I agree: The paint colors are nummy! Good luck to you!


drummbellina, i can attest, sarah doesn't have any crap. or, rather, she has very, very little of it. it's in a built in cabinet on the reverse side of her office (not shown). it's like catfood and painting supplies. and probably a sleeping bag. this chick travels light!!

Julie Buz.

It's BEAUTIFUL. I'd move in right away! Does this mean that you'll be moving into a new place after you finish travelling? (Just thinking that it's a bit of a shame, but then again, it would be a shame to be paying rent pointlessly for months on end.)



Epic. That's the first word that comes to mind after seeing how skillfully you decorated and organized the small space you had. Very impressive! and I'm really feeling your style what with the brights and all the light πŸ™‚


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