You’ve graduated, moved out of the dorm or mom and dad’s house, become a working person, and rented your first apartment. With college behind you, and now that you are no longer relying on your parents to provide your housing, it’s up to you to furnish and decorate your first place. So, now what do you do? How do you get started? Well, you’re in luck because St. Louis has just the place to help you set yourself up with style on a budget.

Donna and Tom Young have created a consignment shop with an inventory that will accommodate your decorating needs and developing tastes. Style Your Space and Style Your Space 2 has reached beyond the idea that interior décor needs to be expensive or only for homeowners. Donna brings a decorator’s passion, and background, to SYS/SYS2, and turns it into gold for her customers. You’ll find plenty of gently used, refurbished and vintage furniture just crying for a place to live in your new space, and it will not break your budget.

Style Your Space
11437 Gravois Road
St. Louis, MO 63126
(314) 842-7300

Style Your Space 2
11541 Gravois Road
St. Louis, MO 63126
(314) 842-1600

It’s About The Basics

When you visit, bring your budget requirements and then browse the show rooms to get a feel for your favorite pieces and time periods. Donna and Tom will help you determine where your preferences live. Then, it’s time to think basics. Donna says start with the anchor pieces, like sofas, chairs, beds, dining tables and chairs. The days of the futon are gone. There’s no reason to sacrifice style and quality anymore. Pick your beginning pieces and build from there.


After you’ve chosen the basics, style and accent with accessories. Pillows are great for adding color and contrast, as well as comfort. Their style, shape and color can create a multitude of diverse statements about your personal style. Then, think mirrors. Sometimes, in smaller spaces, mirrors can add depth and the illusion of roominess. And, again, the style of the mirror can accentuate a time period that you are comfortable creating.


Lighting is another huge consideration when creating ambiance. Many apartments don’t come with an abundance of overhead lighting, so you need to bring that aspect into your space. To do that, you need to consider the room layout, electrical outlet availability, natural light from windows and furniture placement. Style Your Space has that covered, too. Consider lamps that cast ambient light as well as throw light up. Floor lamps can be a flexible and versatile source of lighting. In both locations, Donna and Tom have lamps of every style and time period.

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More Accents, Otherwise Known As Knick-Knacks

While most folks like to accentuate with personal items that have memory and meaning, you’ll find decorative knick-knacks and baubles to add just the right touch to the room. Don’t over do, but don’t be afraid to add a candlestick or choose new picture frames that compliment your room’s décor. Pictures and much, much more are part of the inventory at Style Your Space.

It’s Not Necessarily Always About Apartments

Just because we’ve discussed apartments exclusively, don’t let that deter you from sprucing up the dorm. In fact, many of their clients are in the market for the right accent pieces for dorm rooms. College has changed and dorm rooms are not just for studying anymore. Well styled dressers, chairs and desks can offer that home-away-from-home feeling for your co-ed. 

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Lisa Payne-Naeger, a native of the St. Louis area, is a freelance writer, blogger, political activist and a homeschooling mother of two children. Her work can be found at