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    Apartment Tour (Before): One Month Down

    Fritz and I recently moved into our first apartment together and despite the slight learning curve for both of us (I’m messy, he’s not), it’s been an amazing month. We now have a legit adult apartment to call home. I mean, seriously. The place has a dishwasher, garbage disposal, air conditioning and a washer and dryer.

    My last one bedroom apartment was 100% mine, and while I loved that place and all of the life lessons living alone taught me, I didn’t always love scrubbing melted cheese off of plates by hand, or shoving my arm down the sink to fish out random pieces of food. Or calling the fire department at midnight because the wiring was so old the place literally almost burst into flames. And don’t even get me started on the creepy basement I had to do laundry in. I’m convinced it was at one time a crime scene.

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    DIY to Try: Marble Plates and Bowls

    I am so into the marble trend lately. Laptop cases, cutting boards, shirts, bags. So into it.

    DIY Marble Plates_NWHWhen I moved into my first place, I made a trip to IKEA and came home with a very blah, very IKEA dinnerware set. The six sets of plates and bowls have held up nicely over the past year, which is impressive considering the $30 price tag. But now that I’m in my mid-twenties, I decided it’s time to step up my style game. I’ll blame my Anthropologie catalog for the sudden shift in perspective…

    DSC_0275I wanted to revamp my set but didn’t know where to start. And then I saw this project…marbleized mugs using nailpolish. Brilliant! GENIUS. Mind-blowingly awesome. Seriously, why didn’t I think of it before?

    Suddenly, my sad little dinner plates and bowls had so much potential and I finally had a serious plan in place for their much-needed makeover.

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    You Will Need…

    • White ceramic plates and bowls
    • Nailpolish (I recommend you don’t use a quick drying or gel formula like I did…it can get more tacky)
    • Toothpick
    • Bucket
    • Warm water
    • Non-Toxic waterproof sealant (I prefer to use ModgePodge)

    1. Pour nail polish into warm waterDIY Marble Plates 3DIY Marble Plates 2

    2. Gently stir to swirl colors together

    Make sure you work quickly because the polish starts drying almost immediately.

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    3. Dip into the water and remove, let dry

    Wait for the polish to dry and continue repeating the process until the desired amount of marble effect is reached. *Optional: use a cotton ball soaked in nail polish remover to remove the marble effect from the center of the plate.

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    4. You’re done!

    Coat with your waterproof sealant and follow curing instructions before using.

    Now just try to refrain from marbleizing everything. I dare you.

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    Please keep in mind these are not really dishwasher or microwave safe. But they sure are pretty, aren’t they?

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    Cheap and Easy Way to Update Your Fireplace

    One of my favorite features of my charming (and very old) apartment is the amount of fireplaces it has — three, to be exact. Now, three fireplaces for one person might be just a tad bit excessive, but I love how they add character to each room.  If you take a look at the “before” photo below, you’d probably agree that the brown tile was downright u-g-l-y. I wanted to brighten things up a bit, but didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg on a place I don’t own (the struggle is real).

    The solution? Paint, of course!

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    Really take in the ugly here, guys. The tile was dark and blah. Talk about depressing.

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    After

    See ya never, dark tiles. With a coat of white paint, this fireplace transformed into a focal point that’s bright, fun and inviting.

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    Speaking of paint, see how I turned this plastic toy into a chic jewelry stand here.fireplace3 fireplace

    Supplies used:

    • Behr paint in “Ultra Pure White”
    • Paint brush
    • Painter’s tape
    • Paint tray

    And that’s it! What do you guys think of the transformation? Have you done anything similar? Share in the comments!

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    8 Ways to Add Charm to Your Rented Space

    DSC_0388_edited2Moving into your own apartment/condo/house is a new adventure, in every sense of the word. If you live alone, you might be pretty excited about the fact that you can binge watch Netflix for four hours, or rock out to your favorite pump up jam at 6 a.m. with zero judgement or glaring eyes coming from the bedroom down the hall.

    If you’re moving in with your significant other, you might be looking forward to lazy Sunday’s, home-cooked meals together and spending more time with the person you care most about.

    Or, if you’re living with three other roommates, two dogs and your roommate’s boyfriend who basically lives with you, then you might be excited there’s always, always something going on and someone there to talk to.

    The point is, getting your own place is like the turning point on your road to adulthood.

    But, if you rent an apartment you probably know there can be restrictions. Some landlords tell you you can’t paint, while others freak out if you try to nail a hole in the wall (helloooo, Command strips).

    For all you renters out there, read on for tips on how to make your home feel like, well, home!

    1. Get Creative with Storage

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    I don’t have a ton of space in my kitchen, which isn’t exactly ideal. As someone who loves to cook, making dinner can often bring on feelings of anxiety and frustration because stuff is LITERALLY. EVERYWHERE. When you don’t have counter space, think up. This shelving unit is a great way to maximize space in your apartment by using the space that’s available — your walls. After all, the more counter space, the better — am I right?

    2. Upgrade Your Bar Cart

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    A bar cart is a necessity in a twenty-something’s apartment. When I was in college, we loved to display our wine bottles on whatever surface we could find (i.e. the fireplace and on top of kitchen cabinets). A bar cart gives a grown up twist to the whole “displaying your spirits for the world to see” thing. Plus, they’re just so cute.

    3. Curate Your Own Gallery Wall

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    I nerd out over a good gallery wall. I can’t get enough of the idea. I’m pretty sure my entire Pinterest board is filled with gallery walls, which means either a) I have a problem or b) I know what I like. I’ve collected a lot of art over the years. Most of it is completely random — flea market and thrift store finds, etc. But the great thing about gallery walls is the display is supposed to be random. The more interesting the pieces, the better.

    4. When it doubt, fresh flowers

    flowersI love the way fresh flowers brighten up a space. ‘Nuff said.

    5. Mix Vintage Elements with Modern Ones

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    This is one of my favorite things to do. I absolutely love the way a lucite chair contrasts with an intricate wooden desk. If you live in a more modern complex, adding vintage pieces here and there will help it from looking too stale. And if you live in an older home? Try incorporating industrial, modern pieces for a look that’s sure to get noticed.

    6. Experiment with Temporary Wallpaper

    wallpaperTemporary wallpaper is a great idea for renters because well, it’s temporary. Use it to create a fun accent wall, liven up a piece of furniture or to create character in unexpected places like a staircase (if you have one).

    7. Play with Prints

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    I’m lucky to have hardwood floors throughout my apartment. They’re pretty on their own, but a patterned rug takes things up a notch. IKEA has some really great, affordable options. If you’re not looking for an area rug, printed pillows or a fun throw are great alternatives!

    8. Light a Candle or Two

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    There’s just something about candles that instantly make a place feel more homey — know what I mean? I love lighting festive candles around the holidays. They make my apartment smell like cinnamon. THE BEST.

    Did I miss anything? What are some of your favorite ways to add charm to your rental?

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    Friday 5: Home Essentials

    I’ve lived in my apartment for eight months, and I have yet to figure out how to successfully hang anything on the walls. Dealing with plaster is the price I pay for loving old buildings.

    I literally broke a screw. The head snapped right off. How does that happen…

    So, with all of my artwork hanging fails aside, I decided to focus my attention on the little details, like pillows and other home décor items (i.e. things that don’t require elbow grease and a power drill).
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    [coffee mug | notebook | vase holder | pillow | phone]

    Happy freakin’ weekend, all.

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    Apartment Inspo: The Bedroom

    I’ve officially reimmersed myself in all things DIY, and have dust remnants all over me to prove it. I’ve shared with you my living room and kitchen inspiration, but sadly, I’ve neglected the most important space in my apartment: my bedroom. Since graduating college, I’ve come to appreciate the importance of a good night’s sleep. Because sleep is everything.

    I’d love to tell you guys that my room is perfectly spotless, like something out of ELLE Decor. But to be completely honest, my bed is unmade, there’s a pile of clothes on the floor (and my bed), dresser drawers are open, and my entire shoe collection decided it would rather be on the floor than in the closet where it belongs. And if we’re being really honest, there’s also a sad, dying plant hunched over in the corner. So there’s that. Even it thinks my room needs some help.

    Instead of staring at my room in its current state of disaray, I took my efforts to the internet to find some inspiration. Without further ado, here are some of the lovely rooms that have inspired me to fold my clothes, close my dresser drawers and make my bed every morning: bedroom2

    [In love with the rustic mirror in this space.]

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    [How fun is the neon washi tape frame?]

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    [String lights and a rustic ladder = perfection.]

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    [This plant is alive for obvious reasons. This setup is awesome.]

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    [This space is so open and bright with loads of natural light.]

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    [Perfect color pallet and mix of patterns]

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    [I’ll take all of the pillows, please.]

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    [Only if it comes with the dog.]

    P.S. – I’m currently working on a project that involves two pieces of thrift store furniture, paint, a screw driver and an electric sander. I’ll be working on that this week/weekend and can’t wait to show you the finished product. Stay tuned!

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