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Making an Apartment into a Home
Making an Apartment into a Home

Making an Apartment into a Home

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Think about every place you’ve ever lived; from your bunk bed at overnight camp many moons ago to your last college dorm room, there was something uniting about all your past abodes. And, even though living on your own for the first time might feel foreign, if not a bit terrifying, there are tricks to…
Crafts with Apartment #1
Crafts with Apartment #1

Crafts with Apartment #1

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I grew up on the gorgeous, if climatologically unpredictable shores of the Great Lakes. On those summer days when it was too chilly to swim, I’d occupy myself sifting through rocks. Fun, right? Right. I hauled myself back to the car at the end of the afternoon with my pockets full of rocks. Not just…
Apartment Beautiful: Wall Decoration
Apartment Beautiful: Wall Decoration

Apartment Beautiful: Wall Decoration

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
A couple of months ago I realized that I’d never gotten around to putting anything on my walls. So I set to work: I went to the Rose Bowl flea market in search of wall art. Flea markets, by the way, can be a great place to find antique furniture, decorations, or more random things…
I love my new chair. And Craigslist.
I love my new chair. And Craigslist.

I love my new chair. And Craigslist.

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Yesterday, I acquired a comfy new chair. It’s round and cushy with a straight back, shaped almost like someone got a very large barrel, cut out the front third, and upholstered it. It swivels, guaranteeing hours of revolving fun to come. It’s white leather, aged, to be sure, but nothing a little leather cleaner and…
The Budget (a.k.a. All Hail IKEA)
The Budget (a.k.a. All Hail IKEA)

The Budget (a.k.a. All Hail IKEA)

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Ikea was having a summer sale this weekend, so I spent most of Saturday picking up small items, and testing out couches, beds, and chairs. I’ll be buying the big furniture pieces at a Chicago-area Ikea when I move in, so I went ahead and bought myself some gift cards to save the money for…
The next step
The next step

The next step

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
So I’ve found a place, and that’s all well and good. We went over the other day to sign a sublet agreement, and everything is set up for the first month. The landlady prorated it from the time I move in, which is awesome because it saves us a couple hundred. She did ask for…
Ode to IKEA
Ode to IKEA

Ode to IKEA

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
After the lease is signed, you know where to go when you want some cheap-o stuff for your apartment- a new couch for under 200 bucks, mixing bowls for less than 5 bucks, or a set of pots and pans for $29.99. There’s really just one place, and that’s Ikea. For you Ikea newbies, the…
Basic Furniture Checklist
Basic Furniture Checklist

Basic Furniture Checklist

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Budgeting for Furniture. Check out our Basic Furniture Checklist to see what you'll need to furnish a one bedroom apartment at Ikea or Pottery Barn prices.
Starter Apartment Checklist
Starter Apartment Checklist

Starter Apartment Checklist

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Our Starter Equipment Checklist has all the basics and more. If you are lucky to have relatives ready to gift you stuff to get you move out, hand them this list and you'll be set.