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General Inspiration Tips and Advice

Effectively Decorating Your Studio Apartment

You just got that new place; a place to call your own. A nice, little studio apartment with a quaint view of the park across the street; then you walk in and realize you have no idea how to create an effective space which include both a kitchen and a bedroom. Well, that’s why we’re here to help!

Studio apartments are infamous for being “impossible” to make feel like a home. I strongly disagree. There are hundreds of ways to make a small space feel like a few different spaces while still maintaining an open living concept. The first of these being dividers. One of the most effective ways to divide or separate a space now-a-days is the cubed-shelving. These shelves literally just look like hollow squares stacked on top of one another and/or next to each other. This allows for space to be separated (say from a kitchen to where the bed will be) yet still have the voided space which is great for maintaining that open feeling and also great for storage and decor! Another great way to both decorate and “section-off” your studio apartment, is to use area rugs. Something we have found works really well is solid colored area rugs what blend well together but are a different color for different space. It ends up creating a very elegant and modern look in the space.

Greenery and plant life are also a great thing to add to any studio apartment. This creates an organic and calming sensation in a space and almost guarantees a sense of comfort in any space, large or small. There is something about plants that just make people happy. And the best part is, you don’t have to have a real plant! It can be a fake one too, so no excuses with the “i don’t have a green thumb” thing. You can find great fake trees or ferns that look 100% real for a relatively low cost as well.

The last part of decorating a studio apartment that we would like to talk about are the window treatments. In most studio apartments, you typically have 1 or maybe 2 windows TOTAL since it is such a small space. In this case you don’t have a lot of natural light so you need to make sure you have a blinds or shade that will let in natural light even if closed. There are a lot of options now for shades that act as blinds too so they will give you privacy when needed but also allow for the natural like to come in as well.

When decorating small spaces, always remember that less is more. Organization is key as well. Happy decorating!!

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General Inspiration Tips and Advice

Winter Decor

The Christmas tree is down, and the stockings are put away, but winter is here to stay for a few months. Figuring out how to decorate your house (which is suddenly looking bare) tends to be a challenge. We’ve put together a few ideas to keep your house looking warm and cozy for the next few months.

  • Keep around the greens. Use any evergreens you have around the house for decorations. Adding them to the mantle or using them as a centerpiece creates a feeling of warmth. Even better is – you get to use something you already had bought for Christmas!
  • Sort through your holiday decorations. Keep out any pieces that feature just snow, snowmen, or white and red designs. Although they make look festive with the rest of the Christmas decorations around, you’ll be surprised that they just make the statement of “winter” by themselves.
  • Use a lot of white. Throw pillows, blankets, even candles. Even though it may seem silly – because you are looking outside at a lot of white snow – bringing white in the house during these months brightens up your décor and gives a feeling of warmth to a room.
  • If you had a real tree, cut some pieces from the bottom of the stump. Use these pieces around the house for decoration. Create centerpieces or just decorate coffee tables. If you are feeling inspired, look up ideas for creating decorations out of the wood from your tree! (they require some work and creativity, but it allows you to cherish memories you made during the holidays).
  • Get the kids involved. The excitement of new toys is probably wearing out, so get them involved in helping you decorate. Help them to cut out and decorate snowflakes, and then let them choose where you want them to hang them around the house.

Even though it seems simple at first, you’ll quickly realize that cleaning and organizing is definitely a bit easier without all the clutter around. And hey, that’s the look of nature out our winter right now, so let’s take advice from Mother Nature!

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