home decor starter guide!

Decorating a space, especially if it’s your first home/apartment, can be incredibly difficult. Figuring out your style, buying home decor and furniture, and decorating in such a way that won’t cause any damage are just a few items on a long list of things you have to keep in mind when starting to style a space. So to help clear up some of the anxiety and confusion, we’ve typed up this starter guide to decorating your first home!

Finding your style

 

Whether it’s through making endless pinterest boards or flipping through home catalogs, you’ve got to find some semblance of a home decor style! Starting out, you don’t have to be an interior design master, but finding a certain color palette, feeling, or even just a specific set of inspiration pictures will give you a sense of direction and set you on the right path. Developing that end goal and idea of the atmosphere you wish to create in your home will make shopping for decor items noticeably easier. Though you may love those farmhouse chic bookshelves and that mid-century modern sofa, having them both in a single space may create feelings of chaos or dissonance. Once you decide on the style you’re going for, you can intentionally seek out colors, textures, and pieces that compliment the look you desire for your space; you can eliminate some unnecessary shopping time, and won’t have to worry about a specific lamp or area rug having a place in the room! 

Setting a budget

 

This item on the list may not be the most fun or exciting, but it is the most crucial. Many people, upon decorating their first home, don’t realize just how pricey furniture and decor can be. Rugs, pillows, throw blankets, and dining sets – though they offer a lovely sense of homeliness – can easily rack up in price. Before you go and open up an Ikea credit card, think about establishing a budget! Save a chunk of your decor budget for items that will last you a long time. Find a nice sofa and living room chair, bookshelf, or dining room table that you love and that can fit a bunch of different styling options(you never know when you might decide to switch from casual modern to moody eclectic).

Then scout out flea markets, antique stores, garage sales, and the like, for pieces that fit your style! Got a really strict budget? No problem! Don’t underestimate the power of a DIY!  Reupholstering furniture, getting crafty with items from the dollar store, and reimagining pieces you already own can get you really far in terms of decor. Having a full understanding of your budget constraints and style goals can make for some great creative projects and decor purchases that really payoff in the end!

Be mindful of damage 

 

Wall art, tapestries, and built in shelving are all great styling choices, don’t get us wrong, but when decorating for the long term, damage has to be a factor you keep in mind, especially when trying to go about decorating a rented space (pesky lease agreement that doesn’t allow for any holes in the walls? We know all about them). Command hooks and scotch tape are no-brainers when it comes to damage free decor, but what about other items that cause lesser known damage or that just aren’t usually thought about when it comes to trying to decorate without dents, holes, or scrapes? We’re here to help! Take stock of your decor items and plans, and try to think about the items or adjustments that could cause damage or cause some conflict with your lease agreement. Place felt pads under any large furniture to prevent floor scratches, make sure new door handles won’t cause any dents in the walls, and make sure to consult your landlord or lease agreement before making any longer term changes, such as installing new cabinets or installing wallpaper. This tip doesn’t just go for those trying to style rental properties either! When you own a home, your options for change are almost limitless, but always try to keep in mind how your current design choices might pan out in the future. Sure, painting your cabinets, adding an extravagant built in entertainment unit, and changing your flooring may all look great now, but trends, and personal tastes in style, change often. Committing so deeply to a home adjustment for the sake of a design trend may cause a lot of pain and money in the long run when you decide for yet another change. Before going for a full on home renovation, test out your new style ideas with more temporary design elements, like new wall art, lamp shades, peel and stick backsplash, sofa covers, etc. Once you see how the new elements you can choose between the more permanent adjustments, or just sticking with the simpler accent changes!

Bottom line

 

At the end of the day, decorating a space is a feat that is extremely personal to every individual and their own personal style. Whether you’re mixing interior design styles, going for all brand new or all thrifted decor, or choosing between permanent or temporary design choices is completely up to you and the space that you want to create. Just remember that your end goal is to create a space you can feel happy and at home in! Hopefully this quickstart guide gave you some direction and good tips that you can take with you to any home you move into! (And don’t forget to send us any photos of you decorating spaces using these tips!) 

Tip for Staying Cozy this Winter!

We know how hard it can be to stay warm in the winter! These are some of our favorite products to keep us warm, safe, and this year especially, healthy through the cold! Use the links to shop below! 

Another way to stay cozy is draft stopping tape! This works just like weatherstripping, but much easier to install. This product comes in 5 different colors to blend right in with your door. Check it out! 

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Having trouble with heating? These Honeywell heaters are perfect for you! They emit heat all the way around, and have a thermostat that shuts off once it reaches your set temperature! These heaters are energy efficient, and great to have around incase of an emergency! 

Before winter hits don’t forget to clean your HVAC filters! Dirty filters can make it harder for the heat to get through, and it lowers energy efficiency. This product makes it super easy to keep allergens down, and the heat up! 

Orchids!

We LOVE Orchids! They’re perfect for sprucing up a space, and they also have excellent health benefits. We have several orchids in our office – each one is unique, adding color to our space! Taking care of orchids can be challenging, especially if you do not have the right products. Below are some of our favorite orchid tips:

Orchids are one of our favorite house (or office) plants because of their unique shape, and how easy they are to care for! We love Orchids because you hardly ever have to water them! All you have to do is find a bright spot out of direct sunlight and set them and forget about them!

Some of the awesome pros of Orchids are, air quality improvement, stress relief, and increased focus. Orchids take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen back out! Cool, right? 

Another important part of keeping your Orchids alive is fertilizer! This Miracle-Gro Ready-To-Use Spray is perfect for fertilizing your Orchids.  It only takes a few squirts on the leaves and roots about once a month to do the trick! 

Orchids like to have aerated roots, one way to make sure they get plenty of nutrients is by using Sun Bulb Orchid Bark! Orchid pots are also important in making sure there is plenty of drainage.

Our Favorite Cleaning Supplies

Who doesn’t love cleaning, right?! Haha, just kidding. As tenants come and go, cleaning, unfortunately, is a necessary evil. Over the years, we’ve tried our fair share of cleaning products. As you probably know, some work, and some don’t. Check out our favorite cleaning supplies which have made our cleaning process more efficient while delivering the quality our customers deserve. Plus, everything can be purchased on Amazon, saving you more time and money!

1. Mr. Clean Magic Erasers: These are perfect for removing stains, and spots with out ruining the existing paint job! All you need is water, and they work like magic! These erasers are not made from harsh chemicals and are very durable. These sponges are reusable, allowing you to get more bang for your buck! 

2. Swiffer Sweeper Dry + Wet All Purpose Floor Mop: This multi-purpose mop is perfect for all surfaces and can be easily transported! The Swiffer Sweeper Dry + Wet All Purpose Floor Mopping and Cleaning Starter Kit is perfect for your first apartment! It takes up minimal space, includes 19 refill mopping pads, AND locks in dirt 50% faster than other products. This product will help keep your sweeping time down and allow you to spend more time well, not sweeping! 

3. Microfiber Cleaning Rags: You can never have enough rags! The AIDEA Microfiber Cleaning Cloths are an essential for any cleaning caddy. These multi-purpose cloths are made from microfiber making them super soft, highly absorbent, lint free, streak free, and they come in super cute colors! 

Head on over to Amazon now and add these handy products to your cart! Let us know what you think about these products, and what you would like to see in the future!

Life Hacks – Apartment Edition

Command Hooks are perfect for personalizing your unit with photos and art super easily! The peel and stick hooks easily stick to your walls without chipping the paint! 

Guess what… we’ve got life hacks, apartment edition! We all want to get that security deposit back at the end of our lease, right? Here are some deposit saving tips to help ensure you get every penny of it back! 

RoomMate Removable Wallpaper is the perfect way to spruce up your apartment with out ruining the existing paint job! This easy peel and stick product comes in tons of colors and sizes! 

Apartment Kitchen Essentials

Hey there! WELLCOme to our blog! (Ha, see what we did there!) We are so excited to launch this new resource for not only our tenants, but for renters everywhere! We are looking forward to sharing inspiration, life hacks, and other important information! We hope to share about the company in the process! 

We love this GreenLife 16 piece colorful cookware set! It includes all of the essential pots and pans, and they nest together to maximize space!

All of these products can be found on Amazon.com!

We are excited to kick off the blog with sharing some of our favorite first apartment essentials!

The Umite Chef Kitchen Cooking Utensil Set is perfect for your  apartment! It comes with 24 different nonstick cooking utensils and has 5 color choices!  

The Sweese Curve Collection is the perfect addition to any kitchen adding touches of color, along with being stackable, dishwasher and microwave safe! They have warranty, and an assortment of colors to choose from!

Well folks that’s all for the first post! Let us know what you think, and what you would like to see! Thanks for reading, leave us a rating below! 

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