Your environment impacts your attitude.
When decorating a new home, it's important to set the intention for how you want to feel when you walk in the door.
Your home should be an oasis. A place to breathe easy after a long day at the office or out running errands.
Transforming an apartment into a true oasis can be a challenge. It feels so temporary - how can you nest in a place you'll eventually leave?
After a few years of apartment-living, I've compiled a list of my top 5 tried + true tips to make your apartment feel like a real home.
Simple + subtle with a HUGE impact, curtains are the first thing to be hung every time I move. They're inexpensive (I got mine at Target, of course!), quick to put up and easy to take with you when you move.
Curtains accent a room by covering those not-so-cute shades, and really make an apartment feel like a home.
2. Photos + Frames
Once the curtains are hung, up go the picture frames and artwork. I love pictures + the memories that go with them. Being surrounded by photos of family, friends and special places give ownership to your space. These are your people in your new place.
Don't ignore your floors! Rugs can be used for more than just covering unpleasant flooring. Their real value of a rug is found in the added splash of color, texture + style to an otherwise bland room. (Just be sure they don't clash with your curtains!).
4. Throw Blankets
Whether you want to cover that hand-me-down couch or have plenty of blankets ready for movie night, be sure to find something equal parts cute + comfy. Throw blankets can add a touch of style to your living room + act as a ready-to-snuggle accent!
If you're looking for one that's handmade or customizable, check out this super soft blanket or this extra chunky throw.
Both fit into the cute + comfy category and are made with so much love + attention to detail.
5. Keep it Tidy
If you come home to a mess, you'll feel like a mess. At the end of a stressful day who wants to stare at a pile of unfolded clothes or dirty dishes? It just adds more stress!
Tidying is something I'm always working on - doing a little bit here + there rather than waiting for the weekend to do all the cleaning. Dirty a dish? Put it in the dishwasher immediately, not on the counter. Change into comfies after work? Put your dirty clothes in the hamper. I challenge you to take the extra 15 seconds today, rather than 30 minutes of dish washing on Saturday morning. I promise it's worth it!
I'd love to hear your experience with decorating an apartment! What do you do to cozy into a new home?