Whether you just rented a new one bedroom apartment or you’re still in the process of searching for the perfect place, you’ve thought of simple ways to make your space unique to your tastes. When it comes to walls, you’re dying to do away with the same old blank and boring standard. You’ve thought about applying wallpaper, but that takes too much time; time you’ll have to put back in to taking that wallpaper down just to get your security deposit back. Adding a fresh coat of paint is always an option, but that takes effort you’d rather not exert for the same thing you had before: walls that are all the same color. Womp womp. Read the rest of this entry »
‘Apartment Decorating’ Category
If you’re moving into a studio apartment, the first thing you want to do, decoration-wise, is make the place feel like “you.” But, before you start unrolling your old posters to hang up, you remember that you are not supposed to put holes in the wall of your apartment. What next? Here are some helpful hints for hanging wall art without the headache.
Whether it’s your own canvas art, old Polaroids of your family, news clippings, or a wall hanging, you can get creative with how you display your wall art. For example, you could:
Make a clothespin picture hanger. All you need are hooks that stick to your wall (think 3M command strips), string, some clothespins, and whatever small décor you wish to put up. Pictures, concert tickets, a note somebody wrote you in fifth grade – the opportunities go far and wide with the clothespin method. Read the rest of this entry »
As the spring season quickly approaches, it’s time to start thinking about giving your outdoor space a little attention. Whether it’s relaxing out on the patio or hosting an outside dinner party, a beautiful outside space can be a nice retreat from life’s hustle-and-bustle. We’ve put together a few ideas for sprucing up your balcony, patio, or deck.
Refinish the furniture
Everything looks better with a fresh coat of paint! Update your tired looking wooden patio furniture with a new paint color or touch up the current coat. For metal furniture, spray paint can works wonders too! The fresh look will make the furniture seem like new. Read the rest of this entry »
Regardless of whether you live in New York City or San Francisco, studio apartments have one major characteristic in common: limited space. The thing about a small area is that it gives you the opportunity to be creative with your smaller home. We’ve put together a few apartment hacks to keep your clutter to a minimum and help you maximize your space and organization.
Wine holder as a towel rack
If you’re seriously lacking shelving space in your bathroom, a wine rack is a great way to store and organize your towels and linens. Plus, the wine rack adds a functional yet elegant look to the bathroom. Read the rest of this entry »
If you’re living in a one-bedroom apartment, your furniture matters. But you don’t want to spend a lot of money on brand new furniture, or purchase a low quality piece from a superstore. Our advice? Find awesome stuff for cheap by thrifting.
Where to Start
You may have noticed some eclectic stores around your neighborhood but hadn’t been bold enough to step inside. These thrift stores can have the coolest couch you’ve ever seen from the 70s and beyond. Start making rounds at the thrift shops near you and you might end up catching something in great condition that you simply can’t live without. Read the rest of this entry »
Every year, the world-renowned Pantone Color Institute forecasts the “Color of the Year” for the next year. Pantone is a major authority on colors and has created a standard language for the color communication from designers to producers to retailers. Since 1990, Pantone has predicted what colors will be trendy in the upcoming year. In 2014, the color was the bold yet enchanting Radiant Orchid. For 2015, Pantone leans toward a naturally impactful color: Marsala. So what is Marsala and how can you add elegant touches of it to your life?
This rich color incorporates earthy tones into a more traditional red wine hue. Small touches of Marsala are perfect for warming up a room and making a sophisticated statement. The hearty but stylish tone has a universal appeal and transfers well to design, fashion, beauty, and home décor and furnishings. Here are a few of our favorite ways to incorporate the 2015 Color of the Year into your apartment décor: Read the rest of this entry »
As September 23rd approaches, the signs of autumn are beginning to pop up everywhere: the cooler temperatures, shorter days, and infiltration of pumpkin-flavored products. Like spring, fall offers up a chance to freshen up your apartment life for the coming months. Here are a few tips to prepping your apartment for the fall season.
Spring-cleaning shouldn’t be the only time for a deep cleansing of your apartment and clearing out unwanted items. Before you snuggle up on the couch for the longer nights ahead, grab your cleaning supplies and scrub down all the nooks and crannies you ignored over the summer. You’ll be glad to have a clean apartment during the colder months spent inside. Read the rest of this entry »
There are two kinds of renters who need an interior designer: those who want an apartment that looks stylish and put-together but don’t know the first thing about how to get there, and those who have a vision in mind and need help executing it. There are some relatively affordable options for either type of apartment dweller, and they are actually fairly distinct from each other. To keep your apartment redesign from looking like a home makeover show gone wrong, think about these tips as you hunt for your perfect interior designer.
If You Need Ideas…
If you are an interior-design newbie and what you need is a vision for your home’s redesign, start by finding a designer that fits your overall sense of style. The best way to make sure that your designer fits that category is to look at the work they have already done. If you can find a designer that has a website and a portfolio, that can be an easy job. Think about the things you already like about your apartment’s design, and look for those traits in a designer’s portfolio. Read the rest of this entry »
Almost every apartment kitchen has a space for bar stools these days, and finding the right set of stools can prove to be a difficult task. Even though the process can be daunting, going through it is well worth it when your friends and family are able to join you in the kitchen. However before you start your search, there are a few things everyone should know about bar stools.
Types of Bar Stools
The first thing you must know is that when it comes to bar stools, there is more than one type. In fact, “bar stool” is an umbrella term for three different stool heights:
A counter stool is considered to be standard sized because it pairs nicely with a 36-inch standard height kitchen counter. Counter stools usually measure anywhere between 24 and 26 inches in height.
When a kitchen counter has an attached raised section that is the height of a real bar, you can use a standard bar stool. This counter height is about six inches taller than your standard sized counter, so it’s typically about 42 inches in height. At this counter height, if you go with a bar stool that has a seat height of 30-inches, it usually fits perfectly.
This type of stool is sometimes referred to as a “stadium stool”, and it’s known for being 34 to 36 inches high, which is significantly taller than the other styles because it’s supposed to fit comfortably under a table or counter that is 48 inches tall.
Getting New Bar Stools
Bar stools look great with the counters they’ve been designed for, but problems can arise when moving into a new apartment if your new counters are a different height than your old ones. To avoid this issue, we recommend doing one of two things:
1. Buying Adjustable Stools
If you move frequently, or just don’t want to purchase new bar stools after every move, you should look into adjustable bar stools. With this solution, one size fits all, no matter if you need taller or shorter stools.
2. Renting Bar Stools
Another option, and perhaps our favorite, is renting bar stools. This is a great alternative because you’ll not only save money, but you’ll be able to get brand new bar stools that fit your new counter’s dimensions every time you move.
Now that you know the bar stool basics, you should feel comfortable picking out some fabulous new furniture for your new apartment.
Are you a Neutral Nora? An Off-White Oscar? A Beige Benjamin? Life can be drab for folks who are afraid of adding color to their décor. If your living room’s look makes you glum, don’t worry. Use these six ideas to brighten up your apartment life, lose that muted palette, and conquer your fear of color.
More on the Floor
Adding a colorful rug to a room can instantly brighten the space. Plus, if your room has wood floors that cause everything to echo, a rug can help diffuse the noise. If you’re not ready for a big rug in the center of a room, opt for a small one under a coffee table or accent chair. And remember, rugs-on-rugs are okay, so don’t let your wall-to-wall carpeting stop you from adding more to your floor.
Nix the Mellow Pillows
Cushy color? Why not? Adding vibrant throw pillows to sofas, armchairs, and beds is a great way to put a dash of plush color in your apartment. If you’re feeling really inspired, pick a pillow with a pattern.
Shine a Little Light(ing)
You need light in your apartment anyway… why not make it colorful? Accent lamps on end tables or nightstands are a small way to add personality to a room. Whether you opt for a bold base or a colorful lampshade is entirely up to you.
Be brave, dear decorator, and add audacious art to your walls! Find a favorite poster or photo that features a pop of color, and hang it up. If it’s a smaller frame, prop it up on a coffee table or bookshelf.
If you have open kitchen shelving or glass-front cabinets, make a point of showcasing your colorful kitchenware. Whether you have patterned salad bowls, a couple of bright teapots, unusual mugs, or colored glassware, put them front and center so you can admire them.
Bring May Flowers
If you don’t want to commit to colorful furniture or accents, liven up your living with a little foliage. Place some potted plants around your apartment for some green or floral décor that you can change out as frequently or infrequently as you like. Just make sure your plants get enough sunlight and water to thrive.