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Save or Splurge: Furniture & Decor
Save or Splurge: Furniture & Decor

Save or Splurge: Furniture & Decor

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
So you’re finally in your new place and it looks…drab. That’s pretty common in rental apartments. They specialize in beige: carpets, walls, counters…you get the picture. If you didn’t bring much apartment decor with you during your move, you’re probably eager to get started on sprucing the place up. But, what items deserve a splurge,…
5 No-Paint Tricks That Turn Landlord’s White Box into Your Home
5 No-Paint Tricks That Turn Landlord’s White Box into Your Home

5 No-Paint Tricks That Turn Landlord’s White Box into Your Home

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
You read the lease and there it is: you are not allowed to paint the walls without landlord’s permission. You had your heart set on sky blue ceiling with a few puffy clouds and your favorite mint green walls. Now you have to live with Landlord White or Decorator White, White Dove, Linen White, Super…
Fitting In: Buying Furniture for a Small Apartment
Fitting In: Buying Furniture for a Small Apartment

Fitting In: Buying Furniture for a Small Apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
So you’re about to move into your first studio, and you’re finding that, as in many areas of life, everything seems to cost even more money than Paris Hilton’s shoes. You’ve pulled a laundry list of furniture to buy for your apartment off the Internet, and even though all the stuff on there is reasonable,…
Furnishing on the Cheap and Cheaper
Furnishing on the Cheap and Cheaper

Furnishing on the Cheap and Cheaper

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Sometimes, IKEA just isn’t cheap enough. That’s where Craigslist, estate sales, and garage sales come into play. While IKEA has affordable, attractive furniture options for nearly every budget level, the prices can still be steep for someone just starting out on their own. When your furnishing budget is minimal the most obvious place to start…
Thrifty Decorating Solutions: Throw Pillows & Wall Art
Thrifty Decorating Solutions: Throw Pillows & Wall Art

Thrifty Decorating Solutions: Throw Pillows & Wall Art

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Whether you’re decorating your first apartment ever or re-inventing the style of your fifth apartment, one thing remains true – throw pillows and wall art are a great way to liven up and give your space a whole new look. But you know what else is true? Both of those things are usually not very…
Indoor Landscaping for Your Apartment
Indoor Landscaping for Your Apartment

Indoor Landscaping for Your Apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Apartments aren’t always the most conducive to plants, but there are some ways to make them work in your small (and indoor) space. The key is to find plants that are low-maintenance AND need shade. Lucky for you, I’ve put together a list! Succulents These are adorable, easy to take care of (they don’t need…
Decorating on the Cheap: The Pros & Cons of IKEA Furniture
Decorating on the Cheap: The Pros & Cons of IKEA Furniture

Decorating on the Cheap: The Pros & Cons of IKEA Furniture

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Let me just go ahead and make it clear: I L-O-V-E IKEA. I mean, what’s not to love? The stuff is great. But, even though IKEA has been there to save the day many a time when I’ve had an apartment furnishing crisis and very little cash in my post-college bank account, there are some…
Apartment Decor Spotlight: Budget-Friendly Room Dividers
Apartment Decor Spotlight: Budget-Friendly Room Dividers

Apartment Decor Spotlight: Budget-Friendly Room Dividers

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Whether you’re living in an open-floor studio or just want to add a little more privacy to your standard apartment, room dividers are one of the most fabulous (and cost-effective) ways to break up and give your space a cozy feel. So, today, after a request from one of our awesome My First Apartment readers,…
First Apartment Decorating Basics:  Splurge vs. Save
First Apartment Decorating Basics:  Splurge vs. Save

First Apartment Decorating Basics: Splurge vs. Save

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
It’s important to remember one thing when you move into your first place: one day, you will move to your second place. The reason I say this is because so many people make the mistake of spending tons of money on furniture and décor that they might toss to the curb when it’s time to…