The House of Yes: almost nothing cost more than $150

Guestpost by Sarah Von Bargen on May 29th

We have a sneaking suspicion y'all are going to love Sarah from Yes and Yes's colorful and thrifty home in St. Paul, MN …

A couple years ago, I had to disassemble my adorable apartment, passing along my furniture to my students and packing everything else into my car. But before I began the process of getting rid of my worldly possessions, I thought my little flat deserved a bit of a photo shoot.

Even though I left home at 18, this is the first apartment that has been 100% my own — not shared with roommates or a boyfriend or partially furnished when I moved in. I found this apartment. I chose the paint color. I picked out every last thing that's inside these walls. It's a lovely feeling to have a space that is so unequivocally mine.

Any particularly well-composed, well-lit photos were taken by my very talented friend Sam Rapson.

Also! 98% of what you see here is second hand. And with the exception of electronics, nothing cost more than $150!


My tiny, tiny office
Desk: Salvation Army
Chair: Salvation Army
File cabinet: spray painted with
"Hammered Steel Effex" paint, Salavation Army
Lamp: small town thrift store in Wisconsin

Dress dummy: second hand display store
Dress: Salvation Army (I actually go to this particular Salvation Army so frequently, the cashier put aside this dress for me because she knew I'd like it!)

My "entry/dining room"
I painted my front door with chalkboard paint – all the better for list making!

Table: Ikea, via Craigslist
Awesome beaded skull placemat: Target Halloween section

Floating shelves: Ikea, via Craigslist
Takk For Maten plaque: Grandma. (It means "Thank you for the meal" in Norwegian)
Skull: Salvation Army, painted it black with left over chalkboard paint

Fake orchid: Goodwill
Stereo: Target
Frames: Salvation Army and Dollar Tree
Prints: The Internet

My tiny, tiny living room
Oh, but it's wee! Just enough space for a tiny love seat, this crazy banquet and an area rug.

Love seat: Ikea, via Craigslist
Banquet: Salvation Army (for $12!!!) spray painted lime green
Head: Ikea
Clock: Unique Thrift (when you push the button on top, it says the time! [incorrectly])
Light: Ikea

My tiny, tiny kitchen

This is the only photo you get. Because this is pretty much all there is to it – two square feet of counter and a doll-sized stove.

Cow salt-n-pepper shaker: gift
Secret special stove-sized cutting board: Ikea (if you also have a tiny kitchen, I cannot recommend these cutting boards highly enough! No lie, they will revolutionize your life)



My tiny, tiny bathroom

Again with the tiny. I made up for the total lack of storage space by mounting this shelf and storing my beauty bobbles in this decorative box.

Shelf: Salvation Army
Box: Ikea
Bottle: Salvation Army
Tiny voodoo bottles and statue: Brazil
Shower curtain: Target.com

My awesome, awesome lady closet

This closet was a major selling point on this apartment. I am not exagerating when I say that I've been wanting a closet like this since I was 11.

Storage bins: Salvation Army, painted with left over chalk board paint
Funny bottle: Asian grocery story

This is what it looked like after I re-did it! (P.S. I style the sweet bejesus out of this photo. I don't really wear exclusively black, white and turqouise clothing. But it sure looks nice, doesn't it?)

My bedroom

I love having a corner apartment. It's so lovely and bright! Even if my view is only of the neighbor's back yard and the alley.

Frames: Salvation Army
Photos: my friends and me!
Funny shoes: antique store in Taiwan
Elephant chain: Taiwan

Curtains: Ikea
White bedspread: Target
Embroidered blanket: Sapa, Vietnam

Thanks so much for touring my place!