A Tour Around the Walls of Our Studio Apartment (Because the Rest of It Is Too Messy to Show)

For the past two years (four for Kevin), we have lived in a tiny studio apartment in Queens. While we’ve made many happy memories here, the time has come for us to move on to a much nicer, roomier apartment in New Jersey. Since I spent the past two years trying to make this place feel like a home only to have to take it all down in a few weeks and pack it up, I thought it’d be nice to take you on a tour around the walls of our apartment to commemorate all of the work that went into it.

JK Sign

This is the first thing on the wall to the right when you enter our apartment. I made these for our wedding after I saw something similar on Pinterest. But I ordered these online and did what I usually do and forgot to check the measurements before I clicked “Purchase.” They were way too big for what I originally intended them for, so I just slapped them on the wall.


This is the first corner to the right when you enter our apartment. It used to be where I photographed all of the clothes I make until I realized I got better light on a different wall. Kevin had me hang this wreath that I made (and love) in the corner so he wouldn’t have to look at it all the time. It’s too girly for him. Understandable. The thing I’m most excited for about our new apartment is that I won’t have to sleep up against the wall anymore!


That’s Bex. She was a Christmas gift from Kevin a couple of years ago because he knows how much I love cows.


This is my sewing nook right after I got this cute little end table from a small shop called Vegala in Clark, NJ. It never looked this neat again.

Chalkboard 1

This is my favorite chalkboard from our wedding. I got the frame for $5 at a flea market and then had Home Depot cut a piece of wood to fit inside and painted it over with chalkboard paint. Then I stapled it in.



This is the bottom of the end table we found out on the side of the road a few years ago and repainted. It was very useful for holding a lot of kitchen utensils and food but the top it way too messy to show. The bottom is too, actually. This is a staged photo from a while ago to show off some jars I was making at the time to give to my friends. I’m really hoping we can find a place for this table in our new apartment.


I made this valance for the kitchen window using a pack of scrap fabric from Ikea.


The kitchen never looked so good as when I used it to show off these flowers that I took out of the trash at work. I love the Gilmore Girls themed sign by Inspired Findings.


I made these throw pillows because I hated the ones that came with the couch Kevin bought. I tried to use Kevin approved fabric but I think I’ll make some new covers for these once we move.


This is the wall right above our television. I painted this canvas using a stencil from Off the Beaten Canvas on Etsy. There were actually a couple of times where I sat down on the couch, looked up at this sign, and thought, “this home really is kind of sweet.” But not anymore. Time to get the heck out of here! The goat is from Lockwood Shop, my favorite small business in all of Queens.


This is the wall behind our computer desk. I had been wanting a calendar hung from a clipboard and found one at Target for only $3!


This sign from our wedding has been hanging to the side of our computer desk. It’s a great reminder for when our wedding anniversary is and a fun place to showcase some of our favorite Polaroid photos.


This “Restroom” sign on the door of our bathroom was just funny to me and the “Soap & Water” sign is something I saw on Pinterest and bought because looking at pictures on Pinterest  just really makes me want to buy things.


And that’s all for this tiny apartment. Here’s to making memories in our new home!

2 responses to “A Tour Around the Walls of Our Studio Apartment (Because the Rest of It Is Too Messy to Show)”

  1. Eric Booker Avatar
    Eric Booker

    Good evening Jessica,

    I am interested in using you for our small design studio. We are interested in your sewing skills for 4 pillows to start made out of fur. Afterwards will add a few more. All pillows would be 18×18 with a zipper and our company tag. We would supply everything and we are in a crunch so maybe a week if possible. I made the pattern but pillows are not hard to do. I did the first 24 pillows and burned out. looking for neat work.


    1. ruddymade Avatar

      Hi Eric, could you please email me at ruddytocraft@gmail.com so we can correspond there?


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