Furnishing an apartment from scratch is daunting, especially when you're just starting out and there's little left over in your paycheck after rent and food. One of our 5 Strategies for Outfitting Your First Apartment is savvy shopping so here's an example of the basics of a whole living room for a little more than a thousand dollars. It's still a lot when you're on a tight budget, but perhaps seeing a smartly shopped room broken down will make the effort seem more do-able.
While occupying small spaces we need to bring things home that serve multiple purposes. I was recently impressed with a friends ability to use her turkish towel as a scarf, table cloth and picnic blanket all in the span of a weekend (I'm convinced she may have even used this as an actual towel, but I won't speculate too much). The following are some awesome textiles that could be used for a variety of purposes.
This one up top is a 100% linen throw by Caroline Z Hurley of Brooklyn, NY. It is block printed by hand by a cooperative of Guatemalan artisans in New Bedford, Massachusetts with non-toxic acrylic ink and is pre-washed. More choices below...
The quickest and easiest way to change the look of a dresser or cabinet is to swap in new knobs or pulls. It's also affordable - usually a few dollars per knob. Go from something traditional to something modern and edgy or vice versa, just by changing our the hardware.
Gardening season is here, which means planting, weeding, watering, and bidding a fond farewell to free time— I'm so glad I watched all that television during the winter! Gardening is a lot of work, so here are 25 tools to help you get the job done quickly so you can get back to watching Peaky Blinders...
Now is the time to think about getting yourself some shade in your outdoor space, and a complete outdoor seating arrangement NEEDS a table, chairs and an umbrella for sun or light rain. Here are my top picks for the season in three price bands.
I found Dayva a few years back after buying one - at a steep price - at a shop out in the Hamptons for my new gardenproject. I looked all over for the brand and found it: Dayva. Going online I found them for far less. Not a fancy name, Dayva umbrellas are really well made for the price and come with Sunbrella tops. You can find Dayva umbrellas at a number of sources: Amazon, Patio Living, and Market-Umbrellas.com. More choices below!!
Meeting deadlines, going to yoga, cheering at the kids' soccer games, finishing that craft project, catching up with friends, answering that last email: We do a ton before it's even time to think about getting a good night's sleep — and our sleep usually suffers for it. But May is Better Sleep Month, so we're finally giving our shut-eye the respect it deserves for fueling our crazy lives. These 7 tips are a great start:
1. Set your thermostat to 65-68 degrees to prevent overheating. Waking up sweaty at 2 a.m. is no one's idea of restful. Hit this temperate sweet spot and you'll be dreaming comfortably.
Lately, we've been browsing photos of impeccably organized closets with the same dreamy eyes usually reserved for tropical beaches. (Hmm, maybe we need an organization overhaul and a vacation?) Yep, we're jonesing for containers, cubbies and closet space so we can stay organized all the time, not just after we clean. We took the top storage tips that we've learned from all our daydreams – and put them into action.
So you've just graduated from college and you have your own apartment, for the first time, or at least the first time on an adult budget, and it's super exciting and you can't wait to spend your first paycheck on all the things you've admired from design blogs for all these years but never been able to buy. Except that your first paycheck, which seemed so juicy and fat when you first got it, was barely enough to cover the rent, and now you're starting to realize that maybe you won't be buying a whole house full of furniture in one fell swoop (and really, where's the fun in that anyway?). Take a gander at this list of things you can take your time buying — and other things you probably shouldn't wait on.
As far as domestic chores go, moving is like deep-cleaning the refrigerator, organizing the closets and clearing out the garage in one fell swoop — not a simple task. But that doesn't mean it can't be easier.
We're here to help. We've acquired our moving expertise the hard way – by doing, again and again and again – and have compiled our best tips for making it easier, as well as the tried-and-true methods for how to pack so both you and your belongings will get to your destination in one piece.