I'm back in action, and lazing around in my comfy Toronto bed. It's so good to be in my home city again, and most importantly being with my family. I hadn't seen mum & dad in two months - way too long! [I'm convincing myself that Toronto was so excited to have me back that it did the harlem shake, but it was just a mini-earthquake.]
Anyway, I wanted to share a ton of links and videos I enjoyed and/or used over the past year to help me spruce up my apartment. They're all quite affordable, since I kept in mind that most of us are students, or fresh graduates. As many of you may know, living in a rental has certain limitations. Always speak to your landlord before undergoing a major alteration project; he/she has final say and may charge you for damage when you leave. Now let's jump right in!
1. I own this EKTORP couch in black. It's a sofabed, so you have room for guests in a small apartment, and it's also very comfy (I study there A LOT). The kicker is the interchangeable slip covers; it really alters the look of a room and you can adjust it every season!
2. Wall decals: they're easily removable for when you leave, and they add a pretty quirk to any room. I have birds in the living room, and plan to add a chalk board to my kitchen when I get back.
3. Because I've chosen NOT to paint the walls, I have to bring in brights through art work and decor. Urban Outfitters has really beautiful bedding, as does Anthropologie (albeit expensive for a student). I suggest waiting until your favorite designs go on sale, and snapping a duvet cover. The sheets and pillow can be simple, and one can slowly invest in those at a later time.
4. I have carpet, and obviously I detest it. If you're like me, cover up that hideous thing with funky rugs (link 2).
5. Bright yellow floating bookcase; it's small and can be moved from apartment to apartment.
6. Apartment Therapy's series on rental apartment decor: Renter's Solutions. [I spend hours looking through these!]
7. Alejandra's Youtube: How to organize a small bathroom, home office/gadget organization, how to organize your fridge, etc. She has really really amazing tips and tricks, and if you're a neat freak that wants to maximize apartment space, check out her videos.
8. The Container Store: Great stuff for dividing up your linen closet. I have to keep a lot of extra home pieces in there, including school books and binders. Love it!
9. The Shower: tips on keeping it organized, and my own personal suggestion = get a fun shower curtain & bathroom rugs to distract from the bland color and tile.
10. Keep your ish clean! Mostly as a way to help you stay healthy. Less dust, less crust, and more fresh air!