10 ways to make your first apartment nicer
I hope everyone enjoyed a long, luxurious Thanksgiving weekend. I know I did (even though I'm paying for it playing catch-up this week!)
Have you ever been to a friend/significant other's place and thought that their bachelor/bachelorette pad seemed more like a dorm room? I know there is something to be said for frugality in these situations, but most of the time when I encounter said apartments, I think about how the person must be struggling to adult properly and how far a little TLC would go.
The holidays are a perfect time for friends and family to gift you a couple of things to help you class up your apartment. And since our homes are where we go to rest and recharge, (there's science behind this!) it makes sense to make them nice, right?
If you are a young adult living in your own apartment, this list is for you. If you're not married and haven't had a chance to round out your home via a wedding registry, also for you. And this list is especially perfect for parents who are still nice enough to holiday gift with their adult children, but may be stumped about what they need.
So, without further ado, I give you ten holiday gift ideas to class up your apartment and say once and for all, "hey, a functioning adult lives here."
- Legit artwork in a beautiful frame – ($12 – $$$, WestElm.com) To save on artwork I frame cards from loved ones, order adorable art off Etsy, or have my graphic designer friends make me graphics that I then print on my own dime at Fedex. Saves so much money! Don't skimp on the frames, though. They tie it all together!
- Lamps with classy matching lampshades. ($25-$150) My favorite lamps are from Pier 1 or Cost Plus World Market when I'm swapping out shades.
- Matching Bedding – ($225, Bedroomfurniturediscounts.com) Bonus points for one with a fresh pattern or pop of color to brighten up the "builder beige" that comes in a lot of apartments!
- A chic hamper. ($54, West Elm) Quit throwing your clothes on the floor or in that canvas laundry bag you got during Freshman orientation.
- Wall Organization Board. ($14-$69, Pottery Barn) How are you going to take over the world and make millions of dollars without a command station to help coral your life?
- Table Runner. ($0-$20, Here's a great DIY!) It says, "I have dinner parties and get down to business."
- Matching dinnerware ($49.95 – $179.95, William Sonoma) I can feel how many burritos you've cooked on that Avenger's plate. Nothing screams "haven't moved on from college" than a person with mismatched dishes. At least get one set. Ikea has great lower cost, super durable options as well.
- Cube organizer/book shelf. ($88, Amazon.com) I had one of these in my office and then moved it into a nook in the bathroom and it completely changed the game in that space. These can go ANYWHERE and hold anything. Truly a utility player.
- Beautiful office organizers. ($12-$96, West Elm) Can be used in your own home or in your office. Having delightful office accessories always made me smile when I worked in a corporate office and they make great "I never would buy that for myself but absolutely adore these" gifts.
- Rugs. Rugs. Everywhere. I'm still working on getting enough to cover the hardwood floors in my house. Rugs are so expensive!
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