Transforming your apartment from living space to home is nothing short of a process; good thing there are all these wonderfully inventive websites ready and waiting to help!
When looking to buy quality furnishings for less:
http://www.overstock.com— They stock leftover goods from high-end retailers, meaning you can get that 400 count duvet for 40 bucks. No matter what shape your math skills are in after completing that liberal arts degree, that’s 1 good deal.
http://www.amazon.com— Yeah, so you’re used to Amazon selling textbooks. Let them sell you everything from doorknobs to bathtubs, too.
http://www.anthropologie.com— (sale section) Girls know Anthropologie as the more adult (pronounced aaah-dult) version of Urban Outfitters. Everyone with style and a bit of extra cash should know the Anthropologie has unique furnishings that can light up any space.
Cost of Living (if you’re thinking about moving)
http://salary.nytimes.com/— There are a plethora of cost-of-living calculators out there; but why not choose the paper of one of American’s most expensive cities. After all, they should know.
How to Make Stuff/For the Crafty
http://www.craftster.org –The place to be for sassy crafters. Not convinced? Their member tagline is, “Loves to Make Stuff, Hates Potpourri”.
http://readymademag.com — For the artist and inventor in you that sees the possibility in even the most vanilla; it helps if you’re also a creator.
http://www.homerejuvenation.blogspot.com –Infusing the web with musings on interior re-design, home rejuvenation supplies and doable ideas for those wanting to enrich their current living space.
http://www.treehugger.com — For the environmentally conscious, treehugger supplies workable ideas to reduce, reuse, and recycle, while making kick-ass creations.
There are how-to guides and then there’s flat-out inspiration:
http://www.mocoloco.com/ — London’s calling with the latest home fashions from across the ocean. BTW Moco = Modern Contemporary Design.
Finally, other apartment blogs:
http://www.ohmyapt.apartmentratings.com/ — Divided into helpful sections, this blog is here for you when you have cockroaches or when you need to know how one organizes a moving truck.
http://apartments.about.com — While a little problematic to navigate, this About.com site has short answers to most problems as well as multiple highlighted links so you can follow up with your query.
http://blogs.move.com/rental-survival-guide — This is a new blog that Move.com has just started. It has short posts with links to all kinds of resources for renters, including a handy one recently on how to check out for bad landlords.