Where to Start to Make New Place More Homey?

Where to Start to Make New Place More Homey?

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Janel Laban
Dec 3, 2010

Q: I live in Chicago, and my long-time boyfriend and I just got our first apartment together. We love it - it's huge, on the second floor of a three-flat, and has amazing wood trim throughout - and is in very, very good condition. I've attached some photos of the living room, dining room and kitchen. The problem? We've been there for several months and still haven't really decorated.

He just got back from a year abroad and had sold many of his belongings, and I moved from a small studio, so we don't really have much furniture - or, of course, money to spend. Even more frustrating is the fact that we have extremely different tastes. I like bright, fun colors with a modern feel (which I'm not sure fits in the apartment), and he likes natural tones that are much more understated. Also of note - we can't paint the walls :-(

If you're up for a challenge, we'd love some tips on how we can find inexpensive decor that we can both be happy with. I'm ready to make our new place feel homey!

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