By Merri Cvetan
You found the perfect apartment to fit your lifestyle. You love the windows and view; it has big rooms with plenty of storage and a killer kitchen. Then, you look down and notice the floors aren’t so pretty. If your landlord isn’t too keen on replacing the linoleum or tile, you’re stuck, right? Not so fast—an area rug can come to the rescue. Read the rest of this entry »
When you retreat back home from long day, are you coming back to a place of rest? If not, a little feng shui may be the answer. Start with the room that welcomes you home – the living room. Here are 6 simple ways you can achieve balance in your living room with your furniture rental pieces.
1. Stay organized and clutter-free
A living room that is clean and clutter-free is a good foundation of feng shui. Little things lying around the living room aren’t just an eyesore; they disturb the balance of the room. Solution: Use a cocktail table with drawers (think the Union Square Cocktail Table) and give small items like remote controls a new home so they’re out of sight and off your mind. 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 »
The entryway of your apartment sets the mood for your home and often gives off a lasting first impression. Make your apartment living space more cozy and memorable by incorporating these tips for organizing the entryway:
Use the entryway closet – If you are lucky enough to have a closet by the front door, this is a perfect place to make room for outerwear, shoes, and other items you may need as you leave your home. At the bare minimum, make sure to have extra hangers, a shoe rack, and a loop hanger for scarves, leashes, and extra bags. If your apartment living entry space does not include a closet, place a coat hanger by the door and a woven basket for shoes.
Have a temporary resting place for your personal belongings – Your keys, cell phone, purse, and shopping bags all need a space for when you walk in the door. Some options include hanging key hooks and a small side table near the door for discarding things when you have your hands full. Having a place for your daily items will also save you time. It is a nifty apartment living tip – When you are ready to walk out the door, you will already know where your important belongings are sitting.
Organize papers – Incoming and outgoing mail can pile up quickly in your apartment living entryway. Manage the flow of paper daily by setting up a designated space for it: Create 2 separate piles for outgoing and incoming mail. Keep both a discard bin and a flexible accordion file near the mail pile. By having a routine and a system you can easily sort the mail as it comes in.
Install a chalkboard or whiteboard – Write reminders for yourself so that you do not forget things as you leave your home. An erasable writeboard can also serve as a reliable scratch pad. How many instances have you found yourself scrambling around your apartment living room to find a pen and paper during an important phone call?
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