You’re 22. Living on your own. In an apartment in Buckhead. The thrill starts and you’re excited to spend money to go out and meet new people, but what about at home?
I found myself in this position as an entry level PR person. I looked around my non-decorated walls and wanted that to change. The real question comes down to, how do you start? For me it hit me one day when I was walking through Target, I stumbled across these three canvas paintings that were all about NYC.
Something just drew me to them and I bought them. Probably the fact that they were black, white and clam, unlike my bright floral Kate Spade bedding. Immediately, I came home and hung them up. Then it was like that book “if you give a mouse a cookie” and I went ham on decorating.
I was browsing through Etsy, looking at IKEA and, of course, Pinterest and thinking of all these cute ideas and I realized, I don’t have the budget to make my Buckhead apartment look like a house in the Vineyard (sigh). However, I did learn some tips and great vendors to share with you all:
- Set a budget for yourself – It’s so easy to go out and buy everything and anything when you get on that “if you give a mouse of cookie” tangent.
- Ask around – You never know if your friend or co-worker will know of a great place or have a 25% off coupon you can use. One of my favorite artists, Evelyn Henson, whose work I have all over my apartment currently was actually introduced to me actually by. Now, I will warn you, if you go on her site you will want to buy EVERYTHING. I have two prints, a coffee mug and a journal from her (whoops!).
- Plan – Don’t buy a bunch of random things and think that you will plop them into the living room and it will be perfect. TRUST ME, it will not go as planned. Also, make sure to measure out your space because you would hate to order something and have it not fit.
- “Can we go thrift shopping?” – No, really. It is a great way to find things for a steal, just know that this may take some more time. I had a friend who found the most perfect end table for her hallway. It was puke orange (like Tennessee’s color. Roll Tide, y’all), but she got some spray paint at Michael’s and made it look beautiful for a whopping $15.
I hope these tips help! If you have any questions about decorating, or learning about other places I got decorations for my apartment, feel free to comment below.