Make Your First Apartment Feel Like Home

When moving into your very first place, the idea of decorating and shopping for new pieces can be overwhelming. Take a look at these tips to get prepared for your exciting new journey!

Buy What You Love

You should never have a home filled with pieces you’re unsure about or don’t find beautiful. Quality triumphs over quantity so choose pieces that speak to you and avoid impulse purchases. Your new place will be complete with time so try not to rush the process.

With what you do buy, be sure to have a specific style in mind and don’t stray from that. If your budget is limited, and your shopping list is short, it’s especially important that your furniture and décor complement each other. Industrial chic, minimal modern, rustic, and eclectic are just a few design styles to choose from.

Be Practical

Choose furniture and décor that will grow with you. It’s tempting to shop for trendy pieces that are in style right now, or even on sale. But stay away from these buys, and ask yourself if you’re going to love that hot-pink chevron rug two years down the line. And pass on that vintage patterned sofa and instead invest in furniture upholstered in a solid color.

For pattern and color you always have the option of bringing in decorative pillows that can easily be switched out later on.

Think Ahead

Since this is your first place, thinking of moving a second time is probably the farthest thought from your mind. But do consider that what you buy for your first place might not work so well in your next home. I’ve made the common mistake of buying large furniture only to regret it later when my media console was way too wide for my sophomore apartment.  

Focus on buying smaller items with multiple uses. For example, floor poufs and ottomans not only can be used for extra seating, but can also work as side tables or in place of a coffee table. This will help save space in your apartment as well as lend more options for the future.


When it comes to specific items, there are some must-haves to buy for your first place. Lighting, for example, should not be overlooked. Pass on harsh overhead lights and opt for incandescent table and floor lamps.  Soft lighting is the best way to help your place feel like home.  

You can also invest in sheer window panels to let in more natural light so your apartment will look larger and cleaner. You may also want to speak with your landlord and get permission to repaint your walls. A warm grey or a bold, navy accent wall are two ways to make the space your own and bring some life to your new place.

This post was created by Erica.

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Style Board: Summer Pillows

With new seasons should come new décor.  For a simple redesign, switch out your winter and fall pillow covers for a brighter, more vibrant home.

Summer Pillows Style Board

Shopping List

1. Poppyfield Seamist from Arianna Belle
2. La Fiorentina Lime Green from Arianna Belle
3. Light Pink Linen with Greek Key Border from Arianna Belle
4. Starlit Embroidery pillow from CB2
5. Scalamandre Grey Greek Key Pillow from Classic Remix
6. Velvet Ikat Embroidered Ogee Pillow from West Elm

For spring and summer months, lighten up your living room with a feel-good color scheme. Yellows and greens, blues and grays, and light pinks are a few colors that will soften your space and give new life to your existing furniture. Working with pastels, and mixing subtle patterns with geometric ones, will give your room that much needed pop while still offering a light and airy ambiance.

If you’re working with a collection of pillows rather than pairs, try to layer your geometric printed pillows with florals and solids. This will break up the different patterns and create a sense of harmony in your space.

This post was created by Erica.

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