Monthly Archives: February 2013

Should You Work With An Interior Designer?

Should You Work With An Interior Designer?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
As our February design/decorating month ends we have managed to cover it all, from super cheap $50-$100 fixes to a $2,000 Ikea-furnished studio to bedroom do-overs and duvet giveaways, and even working with a decorator. Thanks to all who participated with questions and comments! (Ed.) Let me be honest. I always assumed working with an interior designer was something rich…
Zainab Continues Decorating Her First Apartment in Austin

Zainab Continues Decorating Her First Apartment in Austin

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Austin is an amazing city. Having only lived in large sprawling metros before, it’s lovely to live in a place where you can walk around, where you have interesting neighborhoods, culture, and so much to do. Austin is a blue island in a red state, a college town and the capitol, with many opportunities. My…
4 Tricks to Furnishing a Living Room on a Budget

4 Tricks to Furnishing a Living Room on a Budget

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Looking to decorate on a budget? Our guest blogger Katie Holland (@hollandersauce on Twitter!) shares her best furnishing tips below. We’ll have one more great design post to share as part of design month before February draws to a close and then, come March, we’ll get back to our “regular programming” as we continue to…
Renting Furniture: Is It a Good Idea?

Renting Furniture: Is It a Good Idea?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
  In keeping with this February’s Design Month theme, I’d like to answer a question from  one of our readers, Jared. He was wondering whether it would be worthwhile to rent-to-own his furniture, rather than buying it piece-by-piece. He made the point that for the expected monthly payment of rentals, he could afford much nicer…
Interior Design 101: Answers to our Readers’ Questions Part II

Interior Design 101: Answers to our Readers’ Questions Part II

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
We hope you’re enjoying Design Month here at My First Apartment. We’ve been working with Kate (left) from Arranging Order, and have learned a ton about everything from smart looking storage to how to use area rugs. Check out Part One of our reader Q&A here, and read on for more great reader Q’s and…
Cheap and Easy Bedroom Fixes: The Crane and Canopy Giveaway Results

Cheap and Easy Bedroom Fixes: The Crane and Canopy Giveaway Results

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
As our readers know by now, February is Design Month at My First Apartment. To help celebrate, we featured a giveaway from the bedding company Crane and Canopy. This online retailer, which has very high-quality products, keeps its prices down by shipping directly to consumers rather than selling through brick-and-mortar stores. As a way of testing…
Designer 101: Answers to Our Reader’s Design Questions!

Designer 101: Answers to Our Reader’s Design Questions!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
As a reminder, it’s DESIGN MONTH here at My First Apartment! We’re working with Kate Marengo of Arranging Order to share tips of the trade, as well as show how interior design can, really, be quite affordable. Check out the first post of the series here. In today’s post, we’ve worked with Kate to answer our…
How to Furnish a Studio with IKEA Products for Under $2,000

How to Furnish a Studio with IKEA Products for Under $2,000

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
STARTING FRESH – HOW MUCH DECORATING MY FIRST NEW YORK STUDIO APARTMENT REALLY COST! It’s no secret furniture can be one of the most costly expenses when it comes to starting fresh in your new place… But it doesn’t have to be that way! As I have already told you, I attacked IKEA head on…
Giveaway: Win New Duvet Set From Crane & Canopy

Giveaway: Win New Duvet Set From Crane & Canopy

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WE HAVE A WINNER!  Our randomly selected winner of a Crane and Canopy duvet of her choice is Becky who added a burst of color to her bedroom with new gorgeous, super affordable curtains from Century 21.  Congratulations Becky, we’ll email you with the directions to claim your prize. Thanks to all who shared their…
Super-Budget Decorating Tips From the Pros

Super-Budget Decorating Tips From the Pros

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
So you’ve found an apartment and you have the basic necessities of everyday life: things to sleep on, eat on, sit on … and so on. Everything seems to be in place. But as you look around your new abode, perhaps it feels a bit … unfinished. Spare. There’s stuff, but no personality to it.…