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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…
What Your Money Will Buy You: The Furniture Version
What Your Money Will Buy You: The Furniture Version

What Your Money Will Buy You: The Furniture Version

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
For those of you who know the site like the back of your hand, you’ll recall a list that was compiled a while back comparing the price differences of furniture from IKEA vs. Pottery Barn. Well, time has flown by us and we thought it was time to update the prices. We also thought we…
My Top 10 Places to Shop for the Home
My Top 10 Places to Shop for the Home

My Top 10 Places to Shop for the Home

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
We all have our favorite things to shop for. Some girls like to buy shoes, while others like to buy handbags. Some guys like to buy expensive toys, while others like to buy gifts for their girlfriends. (Okay, maybe wishful thinking.) Personally, I love shopping for home products. Living in New York City with some…
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…