Decorating

The FATEFUL conclusion to the Couch Cover CATASTROPHE!
The FATEFUL conclusion to the Couch Cover CATASTROPHE!

The FATEFUL conclusion to the Couch Cover CATASTROPHE!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Don’t ya kinda feel like you’re in a 1940’s movie theater? Watching– as the young heroine battles tragedy and turmoil until finally at last, a shimmer of light descends and she discovers that the young soldier respected her all along? Well, friends, in my story, that shimmer of light was my self-respect and the young…
Need Judge Judy in the battle of the sofa slip cover
Need Judge Judy in the battle of the sofa slip cover

Need Judge Judy in the battle of the sofa slip cover

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Readers, I’m in a dilly of a pickle with my roommates. So, instead of me advising you this week, I’m crossing my fingers that you can help me by playing Judge Judy. Here’s the sitch: My living room is set up so that there is a darling red velvet couch in the center. Behind the…
Home sweet home
Home sweet home

Home sweet home

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
We’re in! Actually, we’ve been in for two weeks, and our place still looks like a tornado came though here. But we’re working on that. Moving day, for the most part, went smoothly, but only after a rocky start. We got up early, around 7:30 a.m., to pack up the last of our stuff before…
Redecorating to make old new again
Redecorating to make old new again

Redecorating to make old new again

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
While it’s true that some folks choose the wintry months to move into a new place, most of us prefer to haul sofas upstairs sans snow boots. There’s just something unappetizing about carrying boxes of delicate dishes along icy sidewalks. As such, for the most of us, we’ve been staring at the same apartment for…
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…