I'm really pleased with my apartment. The space itself has such a unique look that it doesn't need a whole lot of wacky decorations. It was also pretty darn cheap to decorate. Here's a breakdown:
Lettering on the wall: Quote is from a Charles Wright poem. It's done in contact paper so about $7.
Couch: Thrifted for $50 + about $20 for the materials to create the dark brown facade columns (to cover up some cat damage)
Coffee table: Thrifted a long time ago. I'm tempted to paint it, but also afraid.
Black wicker chair: New from Pier 1 ($69)
End tables: Made up of two old melon crates that my parents have had forever. $3 for paint. I got the idea of using the National Geographics as part of the decoration from a blog and they work perfectly as a weight to stabilize the end tables. Even better: I got them for free (tip: get to know your used book sellers)
Yellow tv stand/vintage radio and turntable: Thrifted for $35. Yes. $35. That is pure luck. The speaker in it is dead and I can't for the life of me understand how the radio works, but the turn table still turns and it came with an Al Jolson record. And there's a storage cube that's perfect for DVDs and CDs. Long range plan: take out the old dead speaker, put a new one in, hook my iPod up.
Bookshelves: Free. The taller one next to the TV came from the same used book seller who helped me out with the NatGeos.
Counter Stools: $30 each from Target. This was the biggest pain in my butt. I had no idea how much stools cost... I figured like $15 each. Wrong.
On le wall: Shadow box was $7 on sale at Michaels. I kept all of my prom corsages and put them in there (it's hard to see in this picture). Dried flowers give an old fashioned vintage feel that I love. The mirrors and prints were all either thrifted or discovered in my parents house.
I hope you enjoy this space as much as I do!