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How To Decorate Your First Apartment On a Budget



It's almost Friday! I'm so ready for the weekend, I mean who isn't!? We've had family in town the past three weekends and while that has been AMAZING I'm ready to relax this weekend and get stuff done! What do you have planned this weekend?

Today I wanted to share some tips that I've learned the past few months about decorating an apartment on a budget. This is my first "real" apartment, in college I had apartments but my parents helped me furnish my rooms (thanks mom and dad!) and so I'd just buy a random pillow or picture of NYC from Target and throw it together. Also, I feel like in college your entire apartment is thrown together with not much thought. When Kyle and I moved into our current apartment this August it was the first time I had to budget to furnish it and I actually wanted to put thought into how it was styled. What are we going to invest in? What are we going to save on? Should we invest in anything right now? What color couch should we get? All of these questions and more have been running through my mind since August. And let me tell ya, as you can see from the picture above, it is still a work in progress! Not only do I want to take my time decorating (sometimes I hurry things along and then hate it later) but Kyle won't let me go all blogger style on our place *insert eye roll emoji* so it's taking some time to come together. Isn't compromising fun? Lol.

Anyways, I wanted to share a few thoughts on how we've managed to stay within budget while still having fun decorating. Like I said, we still have a lot to do! Mainly with the walls but art is a whole beast in itself.


1. Wait For Deals And Sales

Unfortunately, I'm learning that decorating/furnishing an apartment is a waiting game... patience is not my virtue. Not only do you want to make sure you're purchasing something you genuinely like and not hastily wanting to fill a space but waiting gives you time to see if something goes on sale. A lot of home and furniture places have deals and sales all the time so wait to see if one pops up. The two baskets above are from West Elm, which can be kinda pricey, but I saw a sale happening and grabbed them and ended up getting a great deal on them! 

2. Don't Rush The Process

I mentioned this above and it's something I'm very guilty of! I just want everything to be done and put together BUT that's typically how you end up with purchases you're unhappy with which can lead to wasted money. I look at the picture above and wish it looked way more complete than it is but I'm glad I'm taking my time thinking about what we need and each purchase. 

3. Have a Budget Decided 

This is probably the most important part of furnishing a new place! Make sure you already have a ballpark number for what you want to spend on each item. I'd recommend having a budget for each individual item so when you're looking specifically for one item you know what you need to stick to instead of having a big general budget for the entire process. This is also helpful if you're shopping online because a lot of websites lets you select a price range so you don't see anything over your budget that you fall in love with! 

4. Know When To Invest 

This can be a tricky one and something that will vary person to person but having an idea of items worth the splurge with save you money in the long run. Cheap furniture and decorations can fall apart easily and don't always hold up well. That being said, Kyle and I have definitely gone cheap with a few of our furniture pieces because we know we don't want to use them in the future. It's all about finding a balance. If you see something over your budget consider if it'll last you for years to come and whether or not it'll fit into different future homes because it might be worth the splurge! 

5. Use Pinterest For DIY      

 This is something I want to do more of but DIY projects can be a huge money saver! I've seen so many different ideas on Pinterest of how to turn something more inexpensive into something that looks way nicer. Also, there are so many different ways to DIY decorations and fun pieces for the home that don't cost much. Maybe I'll create a board on Pinterest with ideas I've been thinking of!

Thanks for reading all of this! I hope it was helpful! Let me know your tips for decorating on a budget down below or on Instagram.

XOXO, Maddy   

Shop The Post: Baskets // TV Stand // Rug // Coffee Table // Couch // Blue "Book" (can't find this online but it's an accordion folder inside and it's from the Hearth and Hand collection at Target) // White Box 

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