There are few things more exciting for creatives than a blank slate. Especially if that blank slate is a beautiful, light-filled apartment with industrial touches, concrete floors, and large-scale windows. Such was the case for Jenni Radosevich, the blogger and style maven behind I Spy DIY. After deciding to move out of her previous digs, Jenni fortuitously stumbled upon the rental of her dreams. “I love the industrial style of this apartment,” Jenni says. “The concrete, the graphic lines of the windows, and the lack of color fit perfectly with my aesthetic.” Playing off of these pre-existing characteristics, Jenni chose to employ a black and white color scheme, inserting pattern and pops of color to add highlights to the space. “I was initially just going to stick to all black and white,” she notes, “but then ended up warming it up a bit with a few natural wood pieces, a little pink and yellow, and lots of plants!” Check out the full tour below!
↑ “My favorite DIY project [in my apartment] is the coffee table,” Jenni says. “It started with a routine stop at my local Salvation Army. I found out that they started selling slabs of wood at all their locations, which led me on a crazy chase around town looking for the perfect piece. Once I found it, my brother-in-law helped me cut it, and my Dad came with an array of sanders to get it smooth. My Mom supervised the staining, and snapped pics of process (stay tuned for the steps on I Spy DIY). It was a family affair! And that makes me love it more.”
↑ “There’s an antique store down the street from me and many many hours were spent there chatting with the sellers, learning more about each piece I bought,” Jenni says. “I wanted a bunch of black and white books and found a seller who was obsessed with spy books. Being ‘I SPY DIY,’ I loved the idea of having a stack with the word ‘Spy’ in it, and lucky for me, they were all black and white!”
↑ “I’m obsessed with typography,” Jenni says, “so I’m always on the lookout for plates and containers with fun words on them for the exposed shelving in the kitchen. My favorite are the vintage liquor crafts that I found on Etsy. The seller, Compost This, was the nicest guy ever and I already have more of his items in my queue.”
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↑ “For the bedroom I knew I wanted a bit of a summer camp feel,” Jenni notes. “I picked up this blanket in Mexico, and I love the pop of color it gives to the room.”
“I love the plant wall in the bedroom,” Jenni says. “I found these little trophy shelves online, and knew I wanted to add succulent pots on each. Then the fear of them falling on my head while I slept set in, so each pot is stuck on with heavy-duty double sided tape. The may all be getting a paint makeover in the near future!”