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Dos and Don’ts for Decorating a First Apartment (from Someone Who’s Been There)

By my count, I’m currently on apartment number…you know what, I don’t even want to think about it. But I still remember the exhilarating and intimidating feeling of outfitting the very first apartment that was all mine. I got some things right, and some things not so right, and I learned a lot in the process. Here’s some of my best advice—dos and don’ts for decorating your very first place.

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Posted on Sep 10, 2017

Upgrade-Worthy: 5 Cheap Household Items Worth Replacing (When You Can)

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My husband and I lived together for several years prior to getting married, so when tasked with registering for gifts for our wedding, our strategy was all about the upgrades. We already had a lot of what we needed to run our home together, but there were a few basic things around the apartment that we would have loved to replace with a nicer model. Upgrade-worthy items are usually the items that you bought young, when you opted for a cheap immediate solution instead of saving and shopping around. Here are our big five:

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Posted on Aug 14, 2017

What Nobody Tells You About Buying Your First Home

As of about a month ago, I’m officially a homeowner. My husband and I laid claim to our own little corner of a building that used to be a pickle factory, and so far, it’s been both my greatest joy and the biggest source of stress I’ve ever encountered in my life.

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Posted on Jul 13, 2017

10 Ideas for Dividing Small Spaces

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Small homes afford few ways to configure space, and it’s up to you to carve out designated areas that function differently, based on your needs. The goal is to find solutions that are flexible, and don’t take up too much valuable space. Here are ten ways to partition off parts of your home:

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Posted on Jul 6, 2017

5 Things You Need to Get Rid Of in Your First Grown-Up Apartment

When you move into your first post-college apartment, you may realize that those covetable items that looked so cute in your dorm room (I’m talking about you, furry pink pillow) suddenly look less-than-sophisticated when you bring them into your real grown-up home. Luckily, you don’t have to give up what you love for the sake of a well-designed space—just take favorite elements from your dorm and present them in a more elegant way. Here are the top five trends to ditch, along with ways to rework them for post-grad life.

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Posted on Jun 20, 2017

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