How To Style A Dresser In A City Apartment

Jan 8, 2016

One thing I have definitely been working on in life is home decor. Learning how to style a dresser while living in a small city apartment has always been a challenge along with working on making a small space seem larger which I talked about during our Design Sponge home tour. Our place has changed a ton since then so I thought I would share updates little by little to different nooks of our home and hopefully learn some helpful tips from you guys!

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This dresser is stunn-ing on it’s own so that helps out a lot. My friend Meg runs MegMade with her husband & they re purpose vintage pieces you bring in and also buy and re purpose their own found pieces. The warehouse is amazing and it’s so cool to walk through and see the process from start to finish. I struggled with whether to do a custom piece or getting something existing – hence why I went there a million times. The struggle has always been what works long term because the pieces we invest in now I want to last into a permanent home.

The choices were endless and Trevor & I finally settled on this dark green tallboy dresser. The piece immediately grabbed our attention – I mean those handles, right? We debated the green color wondering if it would work with our neutral palette but as soon as it was delivered our minds were made up.

I decided to keep the top simple with this speckled black and brass lamp I just picked up for a steal from Urban Outfitters. I took some books from our overwhelming bookshelf and stacked them beside it to add some height and dimension. I try to keep the books color coded for aesthetic reasons and thought the black books would look best on the pretty dark green. I stacked some of my favorite perfumes on there – I am in love with this new Lancôme scent plus the bottle is to die for. I love adding a little brass color to the top with this glass jewelry holder. I think I have a thing for them since I realized I have over 5 now. Add a few fresh flowers and any accessories you want and it’s complete! I hate clutter so I tend to keep things simpler but a tray with jewelry, sunglasses or any other accessories could be really cute too.

Next, tackle the wall behind. I knew I wanted my hat hanging and this brass horseshoe has been in a drawer for a while now. Being from Kentucky I love to have little peaks of home around our place and thought the two worked great together. If you had more space and your wall wasn’t brick you could always add a gallery wall and include a print or picture.

Let me know what tips and tricks you have for decor (especially in small spaces) and make sure to check out MegMade – literally you will never regret it. The delivery was the same day and the most pleasant thing I have ever experienced. Once we move this year I am excited to choose some new pieces for our office and living room!



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  1. Looks great! Love the details of the dresser!

  2. Oh Shaheen, you were a pleasure to work with and wow, your place is spectacular! Let’s get together soon!

  3. Stephanie A says:

    I LOVE that dresser!! I need you to come and stage my house when we sell!!!

  4. AHHHH! The dresser came out AMAZINGLY. I love it, Girl!!! MegMade is the best.

    Kelly | Kelly in the City