Decorating

Apartment Décor DIY: Nautical Rope Shelf
Apartment Décor DIY: Nautical Rope Shelf

Apartment Décor DIY: Nautical Rope Shelf

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
The one month date for our apartment move is upon us, and let’s just say that it hasn’t been smooth sailing the entire way. I like to joke that our apartment has gone through three phases from the moment the lease was signed: 1) Void. 2) The Hazard Zone. 3) Work in Progress. We are…
Deciding Between Your First Apartment Wants and Needs
Deciding Between Your First Apartment Wants and Needs

Deciding Between Your First Apartment Wants and Needs

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
After you move into your first apartment you can’t wait to go shopping.  Then you enter your favorite home goods store and you’re faced with the age old battle between wants and needs. You may want a 50 inch HDTV, but do you really need it? You may want one fabulous over-the-top chair, but do you…
5 Green DIY Ideas For Your Apartment
5 Green DIY Ideas For Your Apartment

5 Green DIY Ideas For Your Apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Do you feel that in the air? It’s the change in seasons, heralded by green leaves lining branches, birds chirping in the morning, and rays of sunlight streaking through the clouds. When the seasons change, so do our lifestyles. We spend more time outside, we change our wardrobes, putting the boots back in storage and…
Furnishing on Budgets from $0 – $500
Furnishing on Budgets from $0 – $500

Furnishing on Budgets from $0 – $500

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
You’ve saved and saved and finally got your own place. Then the sad reality hits.  After you pay your first month’s rent, security deposit and moving costs there is no money left to furnish your place. Are you doomed to sleeping on the floor in an empty apartment?  Our bloggers say no.  They are so…
Should You Work With An Interior Designer?
Should You Work With An Interior Designer?

Should You Work With An Interior Designer?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
As our February design/decorating month ends we have managed to cover it all, from super cheap $50-$100 fixes to a $2,000 Ikea-furnished studio to bedroom do-overs and duvet giveaways, and even working with a decorator. Thanks to all who participated with questions and comments! (Ed.) Let me be honest. I always assumed working with an interior designer was something rich…
Zainab Continues Decorating Her First Apartment in Austin
Zainab Continues Decorating Her First Apartment in Austin

Zainab Continues Decorating Her First Apartment in Austin

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Austin is an amazing city. Having only lived in large sprawling metros before, it’s lovely to live in a place where you can walk around, where you have interesting neighborhoods, culture, and so much to do. Austin is a blue island in a red state, a college town and the capitol, with many opportunities. My…
Renting Furniture: Is It a Good Idea?
Renting Furniture: Is It a Good Idea?

Renting Furniture: Is It a Good Idea?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
  In keeping with this February’s Design Month theme, I’d like to answer a question from  one of our readers, Jared. He was wondering whether it would be worthwhile to rent-to-own his furniture, rather than buying it piece-by-piece. He made the point that for the expected monthly payment of rentals, he could afford much nicer…
Interior Design 101: Answers to our Readers’ Questions Part II
Interior Design 101: Answers to our Readers’ Questions Part II

Interior Design 101: Answers to our Readers’ Questions Part II

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We hope you’re enjoying Design Month here at My First Apartment. We’ve been working with Kate (left) from Arranging Order, and have learned a ton about everything from smart looking storage to how to use area rugs. Check out Part One of our reader Q&A here, and read on for more great reader Q’s and…
Cheap and Easy Bedroom Fixes: The Crane and Canopy Giveaway Results
Cheap and Easy Bedroom Fixes: The Crane and Canopy Giveaway Results

Cheap and Easy Bedroom Fixes: The Crane and Canopy Giveaway Results

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
As our readers know by now, February is Design Month at My First Apartment. To help celebrate, we featured a giveaway from the bedding company Crane and Canopy. This online retailer, which has very high-quality products, keeps its prices down by shipping directly to consumers rather than selling through brick-and-mortar stores. As a way of testing…
Designer 101: Answers to Our Reader’s Design Questions!
Designer 101: Answers to Our Reader’s Design Questions!

Designer 101: Answers to Our Reader’s Design Questions!

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As a reminder, it’s DESIGN MONTH here at My First Apartment! We’re working with Kate Marengo of Arranging Order to share tips of the trade, as well as show how interior design can, really, be quite affordable. Check out the first post of the series here. In today’s post, we’ve worked with Kate to answer our…