Decorating

How To Personalize Your Pad When You Can’t Paint
How To Personalize Your Pad When You Can’t Paint

How To Personalize Your Pad When You Can’t Paint

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
One of the easiest ways to personalize your apt is to paint. You roll up your sleeves and, ideally, beg some friends to help. It can really light up a room, but sometimes there are reasons why painting isn’t an option. Either your landlord won’t let you, you already have too much furniture that moving…
Shop After Christmas Sales for Great Apartment Bargains!
Shop After Christmas Sales for Great Apartment Bargains!

Shop After Christmas Sales for Great Apartment Bargains!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Happy holidays! Hopefully, you’ve gotten to catch up with both family and friends. Maybe, you even got an awesome apartment-themed gift for your pad. If not, have no fear – the After Christmas Sales are here! Urban Outfitters always has really neat décor items for fairly affordable prices and now some of them have been…
Swankify your New Apartment — Starting with a Fresh Coat of Paint
Swankify your New Apartment — Starting with a Fresh Coat of Paint

Swankify your New Apartment — Starting with a Fresh Coat of Paint

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
If you’re on a budget, there’s a fair chance that apartment architecture isn’t tops on your list of necessities — having a window or two probably dominates. If you’re looking in New York, the city lacking alleys in favor of more buildings, there’s a high chance some of your rooms won’t got ’em. Beyond that,…
A beautiful apartment is possible no matter its size!
A beautiful apartment is possible no matter its size!

A beautiful apartment is possible no matter its size!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Coming from college, many of you might equate a small apartment with the dingy dorm you were were forced to live in with nary a stove for X number of years. I can see where you’re coming from: your new apartment is also tiny and not by choice. But, oh, is it SO different! Sure,…
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Check out Apartment Therapy’s sales guides by city!

Check out Apartment Therapy’s sales guides by city!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
One of my favorite things is when I find that one of the places I like to visit has something even BETTER than what I already knew they had. Yeah, vague, I know, but hear me out. Like, for instance the deli across the street from my office: they have great salads, but OMG their…
More ways to use your walls!
More ways to use your walls!

More ways to use your walls!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I’m really into walls these days — and all their crazy potential. So, this is a two-parter from earlier this week where I wrote about temporary walls (ie. the best invention since sliced bread). Walls. Sure, you can hang pictures on them, but there has to be more, well, to do with them. Like, you…
Furnishing La Casa on a Budget
Furnishing La Casa on a Budget

Furnishing La Casa on a Budget

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Whether you’re moving to your new place from your parents’ place, moving on up from the college dorm, or are ‘just’ moving cities, the more planning you do in terms of furnishing your place, the better. Plus, even a little bit planning will save you money you’ll need to get settled in your place. I’ve…
Decorating and furnishing when you and your roommate have different styles
Decorating and furnishing when you and your roommate have different styles

Decorating and furnishing when you and your roommate have different styles

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
So you love sleek, modern design and your roommate adores the lacy, floral, Victorian look. Now what? If you don’t talk about your conflict before you furnish your apartment, you’ll end up with a goofy hodgepodge look that you’ll both hate. There are two basic solutions to a design conflict like this. One, you could…
Kelly M’s tip for making small spaces livable
Kelly M’s tip for making small spaces livable

Kelly M’s tip for making small spaces livable

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Living in a closet at some point is basically a rite of passage in New York City—whether you’re speaking hyperbolically or whether you are, like one of my friends is at this point, literally sleeping in someone’s closet. But if realizing that you’re in good company doesn’t lessen the claustrophobia, here are a few ideas…
Kelly M’s tips for furnishing from Craigslist “free”
Kelly M’s tips for furnishing from Craigslist “free”

Kelly M’s tips for furnishing from Craigslist “free”

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Our new contributor Kelly M recently moved into her first apartment in Queens, New York, and shares here what she learned about using Craigslist’s “free” section: “Everyone loves Ikea. They’re relatively cheap, the stuff looks cool, and…well…they’re relatively cheap. But then you move to the city, and “relatively” cheap only gets you so far. What…