How do you decorate your apartment? Pictures?

posted 2 years ago in Home
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Not sure why apartments have such a bad name……many people have absolutely beautifully decorated, high end apartments, especially city dwellers. The only thing you cannot do is renovations. painting is usually allowed. I find it interesting that people feel that apartments cannot feel like home. if the walls and floors are good, then its really only what you put iin it that makes it or breaks it.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Well, I currently have a room, not an apartment (soon!) but I love my personal touches, like the giant starfish I got in Florida, the Guadi architecture book from Spain, and all my travel photos. I also use shells from local beaches as decor, and quirky things like video game accent pillows.

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

TwinkleBoss:  Do you and your FI already have furniture? If you have to buy any new pieces make sure you first have a vision of what you would like your dream home to be. Then when you buy pieces, you will pick those that can transition into your dream home when you have it. You don’t have to buy everything new all at once. In fact, our home will look more homey if everything doesn’t match

Keep things that are expensive, like sofas (you don’t want to waste money buying a cheap sofa that will last only a couple of years),  a neutral color . Use your accent pillows, throws, art etc for color.

You can paint a rental. If you pick a neutral color, your landlord will likely be happy. If you don’t, you may be required to repaint before you move out. In the grand scheme of decorating costs, paint is cheap.

Painting your inexpensive side tables, end tables etc is a way to personalize your home and extend the life of pieces you may already own.

 

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

This canvas just rests on my tall dresser, so no hanging hassles, no hole in the wall. Excuse the iPad quality pic.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Side table with books and travel pictures.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

TwinkleBoss:  I bought my first apartment (in Paris) and moved in exactly 1 month before getting together with my (now) DH!! We were together 1.5 years before getting engaged and moving in together so it was totally decorated to my taste and there was very little room for him. 27.5 sqm for 2 people is not a lot! We put up with it for another 1.5 years until I sold it and we moved to our current home, which is rented as we’re not planning to stay here for a long time. The house we rent is brand new and fully furnished, ideal for now, but I so miss having MY place to do what I want with.

Here is a before/after pic of my bathroom. Yes, the one and only bathroom!!

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I’d say splurge on the big thing like Jules said, and then fill in with personal accents. None of my art is expensive. This is a set of prints I got on ebay for less than $30, then stuck in $10 frames. So, under $70 for all of it. Most of my little things have more sentimental than monetary value.

A little crooked thank to cats 😉

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - Country Cottage and Gardens

Pinterest, Pinterest, and more Pinterest. I’ve gotten so many ideas for my apartment from there. DIY is a big thing for me. I haven’t tried any of the canvas work but that is a huge thing. Having a big piece above the sofa or the bed can make a huge difference. Curtains are also a huge thing. I know for me it seems much more temporary without. If you’re not allowed to drill then you can try 3M hooks and curtain rods like this: 

If money is a issue there’s also a lot of DIY things for building furniture which is the most expensive part of remodeling an apartment usually. This summer I made two bedside tables out of shutters and then a coffee table and two end tables out of pallets. I didn’t really keep strict track of the cost but I think it was all less than $100. The shutters for $7 and the pallets for $3 at Restore by Habitat for Humanity. I didn’t go with neutral colors just because I tend to redecorate a lot so I’m sure I’ll be changing them a lot. 

Just as a side note, that’s my mom’s awful couch in the background (she actually hates it too but it was a hand me down from a close relative so she hasn’t brought herself to get rid of it). The blue is also a really dark navy but the flash was on. Hopefully I can do a fabric headboard this winter. Michael’s also has a surprising amount of home stuff and their clearance is amazing. I got two big couch throw pillows for $12 there recently, originally priced at $50 a piece. 

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2011

TwinkleBoss:  Don’t worry, honey! We lived in an apartment together for our first few years of marriage while we saved up for our downpayment, and even though it was an apartment, it was still really special to me as our first married home, and I’d like to think we made it feel pretty cozy. 🙂

I’m not sure what you are and aren’t allowed to do, but here are some of the things we did that helped us feel less like we were living in a temporary box and more like a home:

  • We painted a couple of accent walls (allowed as long as we painted over them before we moved out)
  • We put up curtains over the windows. Curtains always make such a big difference to me. If you can’t hang up curtain rods due to holes in the wall. There are some great ideas in the comments of this Apartment Therapy post on just the same topic. (Also, I love Apartment Therapy for decor ideas.)
  • Wedding pictures!!! Your wedding pictures will definitely help your place feel more homey. You can place them on shelves in nice frames or even make a gallery of them on a wall.
  • Like others have said, Command strips are great for hanging things on the walls without damaging them.
  • Flowers! Even nice-looking fake ones in a vase go a long way toward making a space feel lovely and homey. (You can get them at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby or other craft stores.)
  • Rugs! In your entryway or in your kitchen, they can help warm up a space and make it feel less bare.

Please don’t feel like an apartment can’t be a great first home for you all as newlyweds! It can be, and it will be even that much sweeter when you’re ready to put that downpayment on a house after you’ve worked so hard to save it. 🙂

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - Country Cottage and Gardens

I was also able to find a picture of our patio. If you have some sort of outdoor space then it makes it a difference to make it look pretty. I used chalk board paint to make herb pots, got some hanging baskets and railing boxes, and then put up white lattice to brigthen up the black railings. There’s also the added bonus that my small dog can’t fall through. Then we spray painted some old metal chairs (I actually found them in the dumpster…) with metallic spray paint and got some pretty cushions. Don’t mind him being a weirdo in the pic. 

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Post # 13
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Helper bee

We live in a house, but one of my spare bedrooms is “temporary” because (fingers crossed) it will be the nursery one day 🙂 

I decorated it really simply with old furnitjre that I painted from my parents and some Pinterest details – it was inexpensive and does the trick until I have a LO to decorate for! 

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Our first married home by the beach will always be special to us! A lot of our furniture was left over from college, but a lot of our accent pieces, as well as the dining set, will last us a while I think. 

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