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House Warming Gifts

Monday, 05 June 2017

Do you have a friend or family member moving? These are great gift ideas to welcome them into their new space!


Tech-centric Gifts

There are a ton of cheap tech gift options these days at places like Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. For example, universal remotes, electrical outlets/surge protectors with built in USB ports, power banks for charging multiple devices, and bluetooth speakers for playing music are just a few ideas that could be a useful first apartment gift. If you really want to step up your gift-giving game, a trip to Brookstone or The Sharper Image would have tons of cool gadgets any first time renter would enjoy.

Picture Frames

Get the decor started with a nice picture frame or two. Our vote is to pick a versatilely sized 5x7 or 4x6 frame so the giftee can have ample placement options for their new frame. You don’t want to gift a giant frame that limits where it can be placed. Remember, space is key in apartment living. Our recommendation; include an actual photo of a great mutual memory to add a little bit of sentimentality to your gift. It's a simple gift the new renter can truly appreciate.

DIY Options

From beer bottle cap magnets to wine bottle lamps, there are a slew of DIY decorative pieces that could be a fun craft for you while also being a thoughtful gift that lets the giftee know you definitely put some effort into their new gift. You can snag a few ideas with a quick Pinterest search on “diy apartment decor.”

House Plants

Liven up the living area with some decorative house plants. Sure, your gift may not last a long time depending on the green (or black) thumb of the new renter but it will definitely pump a bit of fresh oxygen in the air for the time being. Plants come in all kinds of shapes and sizes but it can be a pretty fun challenge to find a plant that captures the new renter’s personality. Here’s a tip, the following are house plants that actually clean indoor air; Aloe Vera, Areca Palm, Bamboo Palm, Boston Fern, Gerbera Daisy, and Chinese Evergreen.



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Make Your Own Headboard

Friday, 02 June 2017

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{How To} Make A Headboard

Alternative title: {How To} Ruin Your Own Life

You guys, I don’t know why I do these things to myself, but after selling all my belongings I decided that my living situation wasn’t miserable enough. I quickly compiled a short-list of things I could do to lessen my quality of life.

  1. Adopt a rabid, one-eyed possum requiring daily insulin injections.
  2. Volunteer as a diaper-changer in the geriatric unit of the ape house.
  3. Upholster my own headboard.

Being the optimist I am, I thought surely making my own headboard would be much easier than the other items on my list — so I proceeded to waste 17 consecutive hours on Pinterest finding the perfect headboard. My dedication paid off when I found THIS:


(Insert heart-eyed emoji here.)

Not only were these bedroom walls black, but the headboard was channeled and upholstered in white for MAXIMUM DRAMA. And isn’t drama just so very exciting?!

Speaking of drama, I had one little problem… A window in the middle of the wall.


So whatever headboard I had, I knew I wanted it to be taller than my window so I could just cover my hears and eyes and chant “Lalalalalalaaaaaa!” while pretending the window wasn’t really there. A white, channeled, humungous headboard didn’t seem to exist in stores, so I sent the photo and dimensions to my trusty upholsterer for a quote.

That quote was for roughly one million dollars.

After I had a good cry, I went to Home Depot for giant panels of plywood and ordered some faux white leather online.

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I then put together my very first headboard ever, enlisting my most favorite Emily for help.

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I failed, and the headboard basically fell apart. I then spent the next 3 months reassessing my life before recalculating my original plans and going at the headboard from another direction.

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After much careful planning, I decided to upholster the above individual boards to create the channeled effect, then use a long board across the back to attach them all together. This time it WORKED and I was VICTORIOUS.

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photo by Razan Altiraifi
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photo by Razan Altiraifi


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