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Friday Faves: Must Haves for My New Apartment


Happy Friday!  Today we’re talking all about the ways I’m decorating our new apartment.  Can I still call it new if BF and I moved back in October?  I think so.  I’m going to call it our new apartment for a year.  I’m happy to say we finally started decorating our apartment and we’re doing it on a budget which is nice.

Decorating our home on a budget

Of course I would love our apartment to look like something out of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, but unfortunately that’s not our reality.  I’ve learned that it’s the small things that really make an apartment stand out and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune.  As long as we spend money wisely on quality items instead of filling up our apartment with cheap knick-knacks it will be all good.

I like adding character and color to our apartment through accents because it’s a lot easier and a lot cheaper to change the accents and statement pieces than it is to redo the entire decor if you want to redecorate in a year or two.

Here are the budget-friendly ways we’re decorating our new apartment.

Fresh cut and fake flowers

I love the smell of fresh cut flowers, but unfortunately keeping them in the house can be very expensive.  Instead I purchase good quality fake flowers from Michael’s craft store.  I paid $20 per bouquet because they were on sale and I had a coupon.  Now I keep one vase of fresh cut flowers in my kitchen (when I can afford it) and fill my house with colorful fake bouquets in the other rooms.

Plants and greenery

Plants are a lovely alternative to buying fresh cut flowers, they’re cheaper and live longer than fresh cut flowers.  They still add color and life into a home without having to spend too much money or dish out money regularly to replace flowers when they die.


I’m sure you probably know this about me but I love pillows. My personal motto is that a home can never have enough pillows.  It makes your home welcoming, it adds color into a room and it’s comfy when you’re laying in bed watching a movie or sitting on the couch chatting with guests.  I don’t think you can ever have enough color in your home.


You may remember that my mother taught me to always keep my home smelling good.  We always have oil burning, Wallflowers plugged in or candles burning.  I think nice smells are comforting and there’s nothing better than a little apple cinnamon to brighten up your day.  Candles don’t have to be expensive you can get great ones at Target and Wal-Mart.  Sometimes even the pharmacy has deals or liquidations on last season’s scents.

Photo from I’d Pin That

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