Friday Five: Fresh Decor

FridayFive Happy Friday, guys! I've been in a bit of a redecorating mood lately (what's new), so I've been scouring the internet for ideas of ways to add a fresh look to my space without buying all new everything. Maybe my finds will inspire new ideas from you! Here are 5 pieces I'm loving right now:

STATE WALL ART Add a personal touch to your space by showing some state pride! I've been debating adding one of these to my walls ONLY because I can't decide between getting my home state or my current state. Seriously, these unique pieces are handcrafted and the price can't be beat. Maybe I'll just get both.

TURTLE DISH A small, charming dish is the perfect way to add some color that serves a purpose. Set it on a console by the front door to toss your keys into, or put it on the counter in the bathroom as a jewelry catch-all. Oh no, it's already sold out! Here are a couple of similar ones.

TUFTED OTTOMAN I love how versatile and easy a little ottoman like this is. It's perfect for apartment living because you can easily move it around to change up the look of your room, and it doubles as a table for mini projects (or food) while you're watching tv ;)

FIG TREE I love the idea of adding some greenery to my apartment, but I'm not confident in my abilities to keep something this big alive, so I'm starting out small with a few cacti on my balcony. If this goes well, an indoor tree may be in my future!

GRAPHIC PRINT I ordered this print and just hung it on my dining room wall, and I LOVE it as a graphic element. The wall it's on faces the front door, so it's one of the first things I see when I get home after a long day. Side note-- the Etsy shop owner is doing a little reorganizing, but she'll be back up and running next week! Trust me, it's worth the wait.

Friday Five: Web Finds

Happy Friday! It's been a busy few weeks at work for me, and it's not going to let up soon, but at least tomorrow is the first official day of summer! The forecast around here is looking a little cloudy, so if you're spending it indoors (like me, who'll probably be working, catching up on laundry, and emptying my DVR), here are a few of my favorite finds from around the web this week to keep you entertained. Enjoy! xo

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Rosetta Stone Level 1-3 Sets are 50% on Amazon TODAY ONLY. I'm so tempted.

I know I'm guilty of this bad habit, are you?

If you love a good deal, you need to follow this blog. Plus she's got a pretty great name.

These shirts made me laugh.

I just ordered this and can't wait to try it out! Maybe my hair will look like the girl in the photo?

HelloKorin Explores: Apartment Hunting

It’s been a little over a week since I moved halfway across the country, and I have used my time wisely. I’m settling into my new job, finding my way around town, and after much research and some touring, I just signed the lease on a new apartment!

Hunting for a new apartment can be both enjoyable and stressful, especially if there is a big move involved (like mine)! So, since I’ve already done the legwork, I’m going to share my notes on making your apartment search easy and successful:

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 1. Research apartments online

First, determine your area - do you want to be close to work, or live in a particular suburb or neighborhood? Search for apartments in that area (I found Google Maps to be best for this). Hint: After you’ve found several promising apartments, use the My Places feature to create your own map. You can drop pins where each apartment is located, and edit the color and icon of the pin to further organize your locations (colors to indicate price, shape to indicate quality, etc.) It really helps to visualize everything! Looking at multiple apartments in your preferred area will help you get a feel for the market and narrow down your choices.

 

2. Set a budget (and stick to it)

Determine how much you can afford to pay in rent, per month and per year. Many places require that your income be at least three times your rent payment, so keep that in mind. Also, don’t forget to factor in other monthly expenses, such as electricity, cable and internet, and food. While having an apartment you love is important, you also don’t want to be stuck at home every night because you can’t afford to go out and have fun!

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3. Figure out your must-haves

What are those things you can’t live without? For me, it’s a garbage disposal, washer and dryer connections, and a large closet.

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4. NEVER apply for an apartment online without seeing it in person

Just don’t.

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5. When touring an apartment, be thorough!

Here are some things you should always look for and ask about when being shown an apartment.

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6. DON’T apply for the first one you look at

Even if the place seems perfect, you should always have something else to compare it to. Get a feel for what’s out there! You never know what else you’ll find.

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7. Don’t settle!

Don’t take something just because you’re tired of looking. This is an important decision, and one you’ll be stuck with for some time. Make sure you’re happy with what you choose. And when you’ve found your place, celebrate!

Now on to the hard part: moving in all that stuff!