Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A College Kid's Guide to Saving Cash: Home (or Apartment or Dorm) Decor

Whether you’re entering your final year of university (we are!) or finally getting into your own apartment, here are some money-saving tips so you don’t have to eat ramen noodles every day because you’re a broke mofo.

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Everyone's favorite aspect of moving into your own space is decorating. Of course, none of us can afford all the wonderful things on our Pinterest boards, so we settle for wallet-friendly options instead.
  • Thrift shop: Always check out thrifts stores. This doesn't just apply for clothing. You can find furniture, home decor and even appliances, in great condition, at thrift or secondhand stores. Also check out consignment shops (caveat: might be pricer!) and restore stores (think Habitat for Humanity). You'll be surprised the things you can find at great prices.
    For my apartment, I found cheap barstools and updated them by upholstering them with cute fabric.
  • Family: Always ask your family. Of course, you might get new, cute trendy items, but they have things you can update or that will hold you over until you can get what you really want. But real talk, you may not want brand new, top-of-the-line stuff as a twentysomething. Especially if you have roommates.
    I will tell you right now, your stuff will get wrecked. Not all of it and not always, but dishes will get broken, furniture will get stained and things will go missing. It's just the nature of the beast, life and people.
  • Ikea: Ikea has its pros and cons, but it is great for apartment life. You can find essentials and decor for cheap. For my apartment, I found some great decorations including bronze and silver hexagonal mirrors, which made cute decor over my table. Just beware: putting together the furniture can be tricky.
  • Artwork: Thanks to Pinterest, DIY is more popular than ever, and a great way to save on home decor. You can find instructions for everything from turning your Instagram photos into wall photography to creating a fabric headboard, which is for both function and aesthetic. 
  • Paint: A little paint goes a long way. It’s also cheap and the options are endless. You can get any color you can imagine for your walls and furniture. Pro tip: Mixing colors is a lot easier with a sample, whether it's your fav shirt or a paint chip.
    Please, please, please check your apartment guidelines before painting. Not all places allow you to paint, but most do. But always be safe rather than sorry!
What are you apartment money-saving secrets? Let us know. Or show us pics of your place! I love seeing other people’s design choices.

Until next time, kiddies…

- J


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  6. what a beautiful design! Those two did a great job decorating such a small space. Looks like a very cozy little nest!

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