Making an Apartment Home
Something that I often get asked is how to make an apartment feel like “home”. I think this is an excellent question. When you are renting there are so many different rules about what you can change & can’t change. Plus, you do not want to put a whole lot of extra effort & money into a place that isn’t yours. The joy of this is that you can still make a place home even if it isn’t yours. I can attest to that. Jon & I have been married for 6 years & have moved 9 times in the six years we have been married. All of the times have been in different apartments all in the same province. (I blame being a Third Culture Kid for being antsy – or my creative itch to want to decorate a new space.) So let me tell you I have a lot of experience with making an apartment feel like home.
One of the things that I have always kept in mind while decorating our apartments is to have things that I would want in a house that we buy. Obviously when you move sometimes things don’t always fit in with the new place but if it is something that you absolutely love then store it till you have a spot for it again. I would say that you shouldn’t store a whole lot of things but somethings are worth storing. Now I am not talking about getting a storage unit or anything just storing it in your current apartment. The best trick about this is that when you do buy a home you wont have to spend thousands of dollars on furnishing & decorating your new home as you have been picking up items over the years.
I find that for me what makes an apartment feel more like home when we move in is getting things on the wall & putting up some of my decorations. This helps it to feel more homey & makes it feel more like your own space instead of just another apartment. All the places except for one place we have been able to put nails in the wall as long as we cover them. I have found some really good stuff to be able to cover up the nails with. I can share that in another blog post.
I also love shelves because you can change up what is on the shelf without having to put more holes in the wall. If you happen to live in an apartment that you are unable to put holes in the wall then use command hooks or velcro strips to hang things on the wall. I also find that bookshelves & other surfaces are great areas for decorations as well as pictures.
The key thing to remember is that you do not have to have a lot on the wall in order to make a place feel like home. Add throw blankets, carpets, curtains, all the little details that actually make a place feel homey. One thing that I have told myself over the years so as to not have a cluttered space is that if I do not absolutely love it then I don’t need it. I think this has helped my space stay a bit more simplistic & less cluttered especially in smaller apartments.
So I thought I would share with you some pictures of our last apartment. I hope to write a blog post on our new space, why I chose to change up my decor, & how I redid our space on a budget. So stay tuned for that. In the meantime enjoy these photos.
If you would like to see some more snippets of our home now feel free to follow me on Instagram @estherbschmidt for some snippets.