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The First Apartment Checklist: Things to Buy Now, Things to Buy Later

So you’ve just graduated from college and you have your own apartment, for the first time, or at least the first time on an adult budget, and it’s super exciting and you can’t wait to spend your first paycheck on all the things you’ve admired from design blogs for all these years but never been able to buy. Except that your first paycheck, which seemed so juicy and fat when you first got it, was barely enough to cover the rent, and now you’re starting to realize that maybe you won’t be buying a whole house full of furniture in one fell swoop (and really, where’s the fun in that anyway?). Take a gander at this list of things you can take your time buying — and other things you probably shouldn’t wait on.

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Posted on Dec 7, 2017

9 Signs You’re Ready to Stop Renting and Buy Your First Place

Do you dream of a future with a yard and a white picket fence? One where you’re not writing away 30% of your salary to your landlord every month? Being able to buy a home is a big part of what we’re sold as “The American Dream,” but it’s not for everyone.

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Posted on Nov 4, 2017

Spend a Little to Make More: Inexpensive Curb Appeal Upgrades That Will Improve Your Home’s Value

Planning on selling soon? I’m sure you know that kitchens and bathrooms are a great target for your makeover dollars, but they also are the most expensive places to renovate. If you have just a little cash but want to make a major impact, step outside and check out the view from the curb.

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Posted on Nov 3, 2017

5 Things Not To Worry About While House Hunting (and One Unexpected Thing You Probably Should)

It happens every few weeks. I turn on House Hunters (yes, I know it’s allegedly fake, let me be) to watch lucky couples pick out some real estate, and within minutes I’m sighing in frustration and yelling at the screen. “I’m not crazy about this red,” whines one young wife, “I hate that chandelier,” says her husband. Do you see what I’m driving at? They’re focused on all the wrong things!

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Posted on Oct 31, 2017

7 Normal Feelings New Homeowners Should Never Feel Guilty About

In your first year of owning your own home, every new day brings on a new challenge. And thanks to that fresh and dewy homeowner glow, you’re poised to tackle them all. Who cares if the wall is crooked and the kitchen is in disarray—they’re yours.

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Posted on Oct 12, 2017

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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