While New York City is home to high prices, LaTonya Staubs found a way to decorate her Brooklyn apartment without spending much money at all.
The blogger furnished her two-bedroom apartment, which is home to her family of four, with several items she received for free or found at thrift stores — adding a heavy dose of character and charm into the family abode.
“You have to be willing to sometimes change your idea of what you are looking for,” she told TODAY about her secrets for shopping secondhand. “Usually you’ll find something that’s almost perfect for a fraction of the cost.”
The mother of two recently let TODAY come by for a visit — and the lovely home is bursting with color and charisma.
On shopping at thrift stores: "I value pieces with a story and that can also last the test of time. With kids, it’s impossible to expect things to be super well kept. I think purchasing vintage pieces that have a little quirkiness to them adds a bit of character to our apartment."
Her tips on getting home décor at an inexpensive price: "I think the mistake I made long ago in another home was purchasing pieces because I needed them and they were inexpensive. Now, if I know I need something, I keep my eyes open for the best deal. But I mostly try and find something that I can’t get out of my head. I don’t bring anything in our home that we don’t have space for, and I purge before purchasing.”
On her favorite room: “I really love our bedroom. It’s funny because it’s the room with the least amount of color, but I just think it’s such a sanctuary. The window light pours on us in the morning, and it’s attached to the porch, which is vibrant.”
“It’s just really beautiful to wake up to each and every day.”
How her decorating style has changed since having kids: “I actually don’t think it’s changed much. I am a firm believer in having your kids fit into your life, not changing your life for the kids. I know that rule can only be used within reason, but it’s what has stopped me from completely changing what I like to what is suitable for my children."
"The apartment is safer, that’s for sure. But other than that, it’s a lot of what I like as an adult.”
How she describes her decorating style: “Eclectic, for sure. I really love color. It brings me joy.”
“And on any given day, my home is full of various patterns and contrasting colors.”
On the photo above her baby’s crib: “The picture above Oak’s crib is of my husband, Peter, when he was a baby.”
On her favorite memory in her apartment: "Bringing Oak home. There are a lot of nerves introducing a new baby to a toddler, but having this home, and this place of safety for River, for Oak and for Peter and me, made me feel so much better about the transition as a whole."
(Photos by Stephania Stanley; Styling by Brooke Deonarine)