The House of Yes: almost nothing cost more than $150 #Homes & Tours#apartments#Midwest#Minnesota#thrifting May 29 | Guest post by Sarah Von Bargen offbeatariel 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 officeDesk: Salvation ArmyChair: Salvation ArmyFile cabinet: spray painted with "Hammered Steel Effex" paint, Salavation ArmyLamp: small town thrift store in Wisconsin Colleen and Sam’s completely renovated modern little Minneapolis house This house was one of those boarded up sad-and-lonelies. When Colleen and Sam swooped in, they had a total rehab ahead of them. Good thing... [more] Dress dummy: second hand display storeDress: 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 CraigslistAwesome beaded skull placemat: Target Halloween section Floating shelves: Ikea, via CraigslistTakk 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: GoodwillStereo: TargetFrames: Salvation Army and Dollar TreePrints: The Internet My tiny, tiny living roomOh, but it's wee! Just enough space for a tiny love seat, this crazy banquet and an area rug. Love seat: Ikea, via CraigslistBanquet: Salvation Army (for $12!!!) spray painted lime greenHead: IkeaClock: 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: giftSecret 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 ArmyBox: IkeaBottle: Salvation ArmyTiny voodoo bottles and statue: BrazilShower 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 paintFunny 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 ArmyPhotos: my friends and me!Funny shoes: antique store in TaiwanElephant chain: Taiwan Curtains: IkeaWhite bedspread: TargetEmbroidered blanket: Sapa, Vietnam Thanks so much for touring my place! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Sarah Von Bargen Sarah Von Bargen is a full-time writer/blogger/internet awesome-i-fier. She blogs daily at Yes and Yes about travel, design, life, and why cheese should be included in every meal. She also produces the The Post-College Survival Kit! http://yesandyes.org PREVIOUS Heal jeans with a monster mouth patch NEXT Build a greenhouse out of recyclables Toggle comments [ 13 ] I am floored (hee – apartment punny) … and inspired. This is fabulously awesome. 4 agree Reply I love it! Especially the closet. I am so stuck about my closet. I just don't know how to best use the space without spending a ton of money. 3 agree Reply What a beautiful, happy, sunny place! Thanks for sharing it. 2 agree Reply Once again proof that awesome style doesn't cost a lot – a reminder, I confess, I need sometimes. Thank you for sharing! 3 agree Reply SO cute–and yay for Minnesota! Whereabouts in St. Paul is this? 0 agree Reply Colleen, This is in Cathedral Hill 0 agree Reply This looks so bright and cheery! Love the thrifty aspects and it still looks fantastic, like you'd never know. 0 agree Reply Lovely little apartment! But, I just have to ask…where do you keep the litter box?? That's always an issue for us. Especially in previous, tiny apartments. 2 agree Reply Hi Sara! I kept it under my desk in the office. 0 agree Reply Love, love, love this tour. There's nothing that tickles me more than under $150 furniture! 2 agree Reply You are my hero! Your apartment is so bright and lovely. I love your cheap finds and small treasures from world travels. 0 agree Reply What a cute little apartment. I can't wait to get it together and put my home together too! I like how its colorful but not cluttered. Everything has its place. 0 agree Reply It was a lovely flat, but I just have to write a little about the Salvation Army. Party pooper, I know, but I'm serious when I say that I would not support their operations in any way. They're a conservative and homophobic organisation that has contributed to lobbying of anti-gay laws in African countries, as well as discriminating against homosexuals within their own ranks. They might do some good things, but remember that their mission is to convert people to Christianity as they believe it with the money they receive. In other words, please don't support these vile actions and attempts that SA do. 1 agrees Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.