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Marisa

Marisa Rinchiuso is a Design+Production major at Carnegie Mellon with a passion for DIY, budgeting and event management. She's always on the search for a great deal and new projects. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, crafts and travel.
This For That: Furnishing with High-End Looks at Low Prices
This For That: Furnishing with High-End Looks at Low Prices

This For That: Furnishing with High-End Looks at Low Prices

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Do you have expensive taste and shallow pockets? There are so many beautiful furniture options at higher-end stores such as Crate&Barrel, Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, etc. However, most of us moving into our first apartment cannot afford to furnish our homes from those stores. The great thing is that most styles offered from high end…
What To Look For In A Lease
What To Look For In A Lease

What To Look For In A Lease

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As a contract nerd, I find leases fascinating, but not many people do. I’ve met many people who just sign on the dotted line blindly or perhaps just briefly skim the first page. Don’t be this person! You are signing a portion of your life and a lot of money to this agreement; do yourself…
5 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Getting My First Apartment
5 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Getting My First Apartment

5 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Getting My First Apartment

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Congrats to all you new graduates! As a graduation gift from me to you, let me share a few things I wish I’d known as I moved into my first apartment. 1. It’s not a race to furnish it.  When I first moved into my apartment, I wanted the idyllic Pinterest-worthy apartment as soon as…
10 Furniture Pieces Every Apartment Needs
10 Furniture Pieces Every Apartment Needs

10 Furniture Pieces Every Apartment Needs

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Furnishing an apartment for the first time can be a scary proposition. What do I really need? How much will it cost? Where should I start? If you start with these 10 essentials, you can then fill in with accessories and smaller items as your budget allows. The total tab to our lower priced options…
Apartment Hunting with Your Roomate(s)
Apartment Hunting with Your Roomate(s)

Apartment Hunting with Your Roomate(s)

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As many people leave home, leave school, or just need a change of pace, it is apartment hunting season! It can be really expensive to live alone, not to mention, it’s fun to live with roommates! So, once you’ve decided who you’re going to live with, it’s time to start the hunt. Before the Hunt…
About Lighting and Your Mood
About Lighting and Your Mood

About Lighting and Your Mood

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Lighting is something you can see but you don’t really feel. Or do you? Research shows that lighting actually heavily affects mood. It is a intangible way to manipulate your space into giving you the environment you want! Lighting can make you more energized, happier, calmer and even, yes, hungry. So, what should you know…
Finding Your Decorating Style
Finding Your Decorating Style

Finding Your Decorating Style

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Decorating and styling your first apartment can be overwhelming and confusing. There are so many different styles and fads that sweep through the home & garden industry. Admittedly, it’s also costly to change your mind many times when decorating. However, being able to figure out your style before you start buying will allow you to make…
DIY IKEA Vanity for $50
DIY IKEA Vanity for $50

DIY IKEA Vanity for $50

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I’ve always thought vanities (aka dressing tables) as something for the rich, or at least richer than a broke college student. However, this winter I was able to create my dream vanity for less than $50. At my new vanity, I start each day, sipping coffee and doing my hair & makeup. It’s absolutely dreamy! Table, $25  Linnmon…
3 Keys to Successful Rent Negotiation
3 Keys to Successful Rent Negotiation

3 Keys to Successful Rent Negotiation

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Negotiation is one of the hardest skills in life. Some people hate confrontation so much that they will do almost anything to avoid it. Being on the apartment hunt myself, I ran into this huge obstacle. I loved the apartment but could not afford the price. Even the thought of negotiation made me nervous, but I decided…
10 Worth-The-Build IKEA Items
10 Worth-The-Build IKEA Items

10 Worth-The-Build IKEA Items

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IKEA is well known for its inexpensive furniture (and meatballs!) but that lower price tag usually requires some effort on your part. Depending on the item, you could spend hours on your IKEA item construction. In fact, the hours you spend building your IKEA bargains sometimes end up taking too much effort to make up…