Between figuring out logistics, like cable and internet providers, and taking care of the smaller things, like notifying the post office of your new address so you actually get your
The most important resource? Your landlord. You might feel bad inundating him or her with questions, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Go straight to the source, get whatever you can in writing to avoid potential charges in the future, and get every little question you have answered.
For example, what’s the policy on painting the walls or using wallpaper? How do you handle maintenance requests? What happens if you need to break your lease? What’s your late fee policy for rent? All these should be asked before you sign a lease in the first place, so you’re not moving in with any uncertainties hanging over your head.
The fun part! In other words, time to decorate.
What to get rid of
First thing’s first,
According to interior designer and real estate expert Lauren Makk, “Your space should be a collection of found items that you love, so don’t waste your money on things you don’t love just to say you have it.” When asked about the
Where to shop
So where to start? Ikea, probably. One Domino editor pretty much outfitted
If your first apartment happens to be on the smaller side—we empathize—don’t worry. Several of our favorite big box retailers, available nationwide, have a wide variety of products perfect for tiny apartments:
What to buy
Though you know better than anyone what you actually need for your apartment, there are a few basics everyone should have in their first home. We asked some of our favorite designers for their
1. Statement lighting: “You can take them with you to the next place and boy will they make a huge impact on elevating the space while you are there,” says Natalie Myers.
2. A quality sofa: “Splurge on a good sofa and coffee table, because these will be the focal point of the main living space,” says Lindye Galloway.
3. Rugs: “Pick a rug that will create a pretty foundation for the room in the color palette you love. You can build the room and layer from there,” says Becki Owens.
4. Plants: “Plants not only add a lot of beauty to spaces, but also keep us company and teach us to be in tune with our spaces in a way that nothing else can. I find them to be fantastic for young people to start with, and one of the best feelings is seeing a plant grow with you,” says Susana Simonpietri.
5. Art: “I would have started acquiring art from upcoming artists and flea markets, so I could start growing a meaningful collection,” says Sarah Wittenbraker.
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