appartment envy

Jilly and I have a friend named Lettie.
I remember the first time I met her. We were standing in the hall at church and I had to look up, way up, to see into her big, brown eyes. She stood about 6'4" in her open toed stilettos which made no apologies for her height. She was easy to talk to and right away we found a lot in common. Since then Lettie, Jilly, and I have become bosom buddies and through the past 6 years we've shared a lot of highs and lows. That's what friends are for.

Recently, Lettie got her own apartment (it's like she's a grown up city girl). Although me and Jilly love our families to pieces, once in a while we secretly fantasize about coming home to a quiet space, all ours, that we can put our girly touches on however we like.

This year Lettie hosted a birthday soiree in my honor and I got to see her big girl apartment for the first time.

The pictures you're about to see are really and truly her apartment. How did white walls suddenly turn into something that look intentional? How does standard grade carpet not even matter because there is so much eye candy you don't notice it? What? Re-wiring a chandelier in place of an old appt ceiling fan? Genius!

This is some APARTMENT THERAPY for every girl who thinks herself hopelessly confounded to a small space.

You're going to want to sit down for this.

Most everything in Lettie's apartment is thrifted, bought at an antique market, or re-purposed with a little paint and some elbow grease.

Don't be afraid to put larger pieces in a small space. Using a sofa, chair and ottomans, Lettie has comfortable seating for plenty of guests in her 300 sq ft living room.

I love the way a simple bouquet of fresh flowers can liven up a space.

Lettie has the same color palette running through her whole apartment which makes the spaces flow together so nicely. All shades of blue and yellow with a splash of other bright colors makes her space appear larger than it really is.

If there's anything Lettie knows how to do, it's accessorize. Sometimes more is more!

Lettie has incorporated her patio into the design. She has an extra table that seats 6 on the veranda and has included some live plants and more fresh florals to bring the inside, out. It's become an extension of her living room, and now she can easily seat 12 for brunch.

Do not rule out Thanksgiving dinner at your apartment!

Check your local nursery for plants that need low sunlight and little water. They're out there and they'll make your patio a stunning place where you'll love to be.

Throw pillows are an inexpensive and great way to add color and texture. Target has some great choices this year as well as TJ Maxx and Home Goods. They're so well priced, you can justify getting new ones every season.

Lettie has recently started doing weddings! Her little business is rapidly growing and gaining some great publicity. She has put her heart and soul into giving people stunning, vintage inspired, garden weddings that will take your breath away.

Here are a few of my favorite photos from her very first wedding.
You can see more of her work and get details for your dream wedding {here}.

We love you Lettie and wish you the best! There's not a girl on this planet who deserves it more.



  1. Your friend's apartment looks like it lives in a magazine! How amazing, truly. I love the birdcage, the wonderful pillows, the cute owls...I could go on and on. I would normally have apartment envy, but it's so cool I have apartment awe!

  2. I love her apartment and her vintage furniture painted all those fun ways! Cute cute!!
    Aqua is a favorite of mine and she really makes it all come together with the yellow. Amazing!!

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