It may be the simple staple pieces from Target and IKEA that keep my apartment in running order, but when it comes to decoration I like to stray from the ordinary. Especially if it’s your first apartment, you may feel like you have to go to HomeGoods for everything you need to make your apartment feel like home. But if you truly want your place to reflect your own personal style, you may want to try some alternative methods to picking and choosing from the mass-produced collection of stuff at a chain store. Also, know that putting together a unique looking space doesn’t mean it’s expensive or difficult to do.
Pick a theme – This part isn’t absolutely necessary, but it makes things easier if you’re struggling with how to throw things together. Maybe mid-century mod is your jam (think Mad Men) or possibly you’re really into the Great Gatsby and love everything Art Deco. So if you’re drawn to the Palm Springs style, add some big tropical plants, cacti, and focus on a warm, pastel color scheme. Whatever suits your style, use that as a theme and orient your interior style accordingly!
Go Antiquing – The most interesting pieces in a home are often found off the beaten path and are more one of a kind. Scour antique malls for something that catches your eye. Or if you’re me you scour the antique mall and come home with an entire room full of new things. Don’t be afraid to buy something a little beaten up- it just gives it character. My collection of favorite antique pieces: my dad’s old family apple crate, beautiful antique books, milk glass flower vase, and my pink wingback sitting chair. Embrace old school design!
Collect your friends’ artwork – I have a penchant for letterpress and know a fair few printers so I collect postcards, greeting cards, tidbits of printed stuff that makes for good wall art. A frame instantly adds polish to any print. If you have any creative friends, know that they get rid of a lot of awesome stuff all the time because it doesn’t quite meet their personal standards. Take advantage of this for some original wall art!
Show your interests – I love music and like to decorate with favorite album covers. How can you use your hobbies and interests to decorate? Pull from within and you’ll have a unique looking spot in no time.
Monogram – Your name is unique to you, so personalize your things for additional pizzazz!
Quotes – Put up a chalkboard or message board to write your favorite thoughts, ideas, and quotes. Not only will you enjoy seeing it, but it’s a way for you to express your personality to visitors.