Autumn is right around the corner, which means crisp temperatures, color-changing leaves, and cozy sweaters. So as the days cool down, you’ll probably find yourself outside more often to enjoy the changing season. And what better place to relax than your apartment balcony? Apartment balconies can offer a charming and tranquil way to connect interior rooms with the outdoors while adding extra seating and attractive décor. Here are a few of our favorite balcony ideas:
If you want to add more color in a natural way, consider fall-blooming plants to brighten your balcony. Flowers and vegetables like winter jasmine, snapdragons, carrots, and kale all thrive in cool temperatures so feel free to start an autumn garden this season!
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Starting with a clean slate in your new apartment? Before you buy or rent furniture, take advantage of some savvy smartphone apps that can help you plan your furniture’s layout. Read the rest of this entry »
Redecorating your living room shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg! If you are looking to overhaul your living space or recently moved into an entirely new space, keep these modern interior design tips in mind.
Play With Patterns
If you’re looking to add something more colorful to your living space, patterns offer a fun way to mix it up. The trick to working with patterns is to stick with the same color scheme. So if your pattern has greens, blues, and grey, have a few solid color furniture pieces to anchor down the space. Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
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 »