Over the summer, we teamed up with Fizz56 to bring two winners a $5000 Dream Room Makeover and a $1000 Room Restyling. Fizz56, an Italian sparkling wine, has 56 million bubbles in every bottle, so our hope was to pack as much bubble and sparkle into someone’s home as possible! All over Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, readers submitted photos of the rooms they wanted madeover; the two lucky ladies ended up hailing from Chicago and New York, and today we present you the grand prize winner’s newly revamped space.
The studio apartment belonging to Aramide Esubi, a 29-year-old copywriter, fashion stylist, and blogger, was a blank slate. Between entering the contest and winning, Aramide moved apartments, selling off her belongings upon hearing that she won and giving us a free for all in designing her new space (you can see the original room she submitted here). We asked her to create a Dream Room Makeover pinboard of inspiration and products she loved to give us an idea of what she wanted in her room. Fortunately for us, Aramide actually pinned our own apartments, making the task very easy. Solid doses of white, black, gold, and a dash of vibrant colors was all she asked for. Because it’s a rental unit, the walls needed to stay white, which didn’t bother us one bit.
We knew we needed to make the single room dwelling multi-functional. It needed a bed, a living area, storage, and a work space. Fortunately, small-sized versions of everything made this possible: a twin daybed, a small (but not too small) sofa, and a student desk from PBTeen all made the cut. We went with CB2’s peekaboo coffee table to keep the space as open as possible. And propping Ikea’s glossy expedit shelving unit on legs made the inexpensive piece of furniture look much more grand. And we love that the daybed can function as an additional sofa for guests if needed. Aramide desperately wanted a gallery wall and pinned quite a few inspirational posters and prints; many of which we included around the focal point of the room: the gold antler faux taxidermy above her sofa. A dapper gentleman and a definite conversation starter.
Once all of the items arrived, we spent a morning arranging everything and getting all of the art hung. Photographers John and Maura Stoffer of Stoffer Photography showed up, Aramide popped the Fizz56, and we celebrated with a photo shoot! Now, we present to you the Fizz56 Dream Room Makeover!
Stay tuned for a tour of the $1000 Lulu and Georgia Room Restyle next month! And now through February 14, you can get 20% off all Fizz56 products on Uncorked.com using code fizz20. It’s really the perfect drink for holiday parties, Valentine’s Day, dinner parties, and especially a girls night in. It also serves as a great mixed with vodka; see three recipes from a feature we did here.
Name: Aramide “Dee Dee” Esubi
Current profession: Copywriter at eDrop-Off | Stylist, Fashion Consultant, Blogger behind The Sassy Peach
Educational Background: Columbia College and The School of Life 🙂
Congrats on winning the Fizz56 Dream Room Makeover! Tell us a bit about yourself. Where you’re from, what you do, your blog, etc.
I’m Aramide (affectionately known as Dee Dee) and I’m originally from St. Louis. I’ve been in the Windy City for over 5 years now. I’m pretty much always submerged in fashion with my work and blog, The Sassy Peach!
What was your first job out college, and how did you land it?
I didn’t actually. I created a job for myself and started freelance work in fashion styling and consulting, as well as started my blog. My mom always told me to find something I love to do and that I’m passionate about and find a way to get paid for it. And that’s just what I set out to do.
How did you find your current place and what drew you to it? Do you rent or own it?
I’ve only ever lived in the Hyde Park area since moving to Chicago from St. Louis, and I love it. I rent my apartment, and it’s beautiful here. I love being just blocks away from the lake and still in close proximity to downtown. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s the Chicago home of our First Family! Hyde Park had a great small community feel that drew me in when I first moved to Chicago, and I’ve been here ever since.
We asked you to create a pinboard with inspiration on how you wanted your place to look. Describe this process. Where did you look for inspiration? Did you know what overall look you wanted?
Oh how I love pinning! I started by looking at things I’ve bookmarked just while browsing the web, recalling some of my favorite pictures I came across from sites like The Everygirl naturally, as well as Apartment Therapy and their Small, Cool Contest. I look forward to it every year. I just love seeing how other people create such great, unique spaces for themselves. For inspiration I drew from my everyday life and how I would like to feel when I walk into my home each day. I knew I wanted my space to be reflect me overall and to also be fashionable!
What’s your favorite item in your new apartment?
So hard to choose! But I think I’d have to say the deer head with the gold antlers. It’s just such a cool and unexpected piece that you just can’t take your eyes off of, and I love that!
Tell us about studio living! How do you best utilize the small space?
Since it’s just me, it really works. I do my best to create and utilize different zones in my space. I can move around which is great. Work at my desk, hang and lounge on the couch with a cocktail from my bar area and then get a good night’s rest on my daybed–all within one room! My goal was definitely fashion and function. I wanted my space to not only look great but to also be completely liveable, and I think that was definitely accomplished with the makeover.
What are some of your favorite places to shop for affordable pieces for your home?
TJMaxx/HomeGoods/Marshalls, Target, Anthropologie, and Ikea. You just can’t go wrong with any of those places. I always find pieces I love even when I’m not necessarily trying to!
How will you be celebrating with your case of Fizz56 sparkling wine?
Whoo-hoo for Fizz56! I’m planning an open door “apartment warming” party just after the new year for my friends to come by anytime see my new space and celebrate with me. My friends have been just as excited about the makeover as I have, if not more, and I definitely want them to enjoy it so I’ll be going all out to make it fun!
What advice would you give your 23-year old self?
It’s so interesting and poignant that it’s my 23-year-old self because that was the most difficult year of my adult life thus far. So I would tell her that no matter what life throws at you be proud of yourself. Always. Of the person you are and the person you are still yet to become. When life gets tough sometimes it’s really hard to see past what you’re going through but if you just remember to always be proud of yourself no matter what, you can make it through. You don’t have to wait for others to be proud of you; you can be proud of you too.
Sofa: Home Decorators $999
Rug: RugsUSA $218
Gold floor lamp: Urban Outfitters $98
Floral pillow: Willa Skye Home on Etsy $42
Velvet pillows: World Market $29.99 (Aramide already owned)
Coffee table: CB2 $279
Chevron tray: C Wonder
Antlers: White Faux Taxidermy $119.99
Le Chat poster: Mini and Maximus $50
SMILE print: Heartfish Press on Etsy $6
Keep Not Settling print: The Everygirl Shop $30
Hello print: SS Print Shop $35
Dots print: MadeByGirl $17.95
Daybed: Macy’s $349
Black and White Duvet Cover: Pottery Barn Teen $99
Pink Euro shams: Babun on Etsy $20
Gold polka dot pillowcases and sheets: Pottery Barn Teen $79
Pink trim boudoir shams: Biscuit Home $55
Desk: Pottery Barn Teen $199
Chair: Society Social $275
Fireworks pillow: Society Social $125
Desk lamp: Urban Outfitters $69
Oyster print: Rifle Paper Co. $50
Initial mug: Anthropologie $10
iPhone case: The Everygirl Shop $34