Tag Archives: apartment

Springtime DIY Room Decor

Filed under: College Life, DIY & Crafts, Tips - Angelina
Tags: , , , , ,

Darlene Megino Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Getting tired of the same old decorations? Fear not! I have three easy DIY room décor ideas that you can easily do that’s great for a student on a budget! These décor ideas will definitely spruce up your room just in time for spring!

1. Flower Jars

Mason jars are VERY in this year. You can use them for making gifts, cups, or even room décor! All you need to decorate your mason jars are some fake flowers and some paint! Pour paint into the jar to cover it about ¼ of the way, and then swirl the jar around so that it completely coats the inside of the jar. Keep swirling the jar and tilting it until it reaches the top. Once you’ve gotten the top coated, begin pouring the paint back out to coat the rim of the jar. Afterwards, let it sit for a few hours to dry and when it’s ready just add your flowers! To make the jar even more decorative, you can add some string to it. Tie it into a bow and maybe glue on a shiny button for added glam.

Colorful Painted Glass Mason Jar Decor Flowers

Photo © media-cache

2. Framed Magazine Collage

This DIY décor idea is very chic and very cheap! All you need is a large frame and some old magazines. Using the paper backing included in most frames, cut out and glue inspirational pictures onto the paper backing. Make sure you lay it out prior to gluing it so that you know exactly how it will look. Use bright colors, inspirational words, and eye catching patterns to really spruce up your room. You can also make this into a dream collage, college collage, or a general collage about you.

Framed DIY Magazine Picture Collage Craft

Photo © glitternglued

3. Candle Holders

Candle holders are the best décor to put in your room. It adds a fresh feel and sleek look to the room. Using a bunch of fake or real flowers (make sure to change it out often if you choose real) take your candle holder and simply tie it around the candleholder. Make sure you secure it and tie it nicely with a bow and that the flowers are not dropping into the holder (which could easily catch a flame). If you use fake flowers, you can also use glue to ensure that it stays onto the candle holder. After you’ve decorated it, add a candle and place it near your bed or desk for that elegant feel! If you live in a dorm, be sure to check your college housing policies about candles.

DIY Flower Candle Holder Decor

Photo © media-cache

What are you doing to get ready for spring? Any new decoration ideas? Share them below!

Add a Comment



Apartment Living: The Do’s and Don’ts

Filed under: College Life, Social Life/Relationships, Tips - Angelina
Tags: , ,

Megan Lehman Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Despite my two years of college life, I have just began my adventure in apartment living. It took little to no time for me to learn the do’s and don’ts for the apartment newbie, and it is my pleasure to share them with you.

1. Furniture Shopping

You are a college student. What your couch looks like is not necessarily what you want to be worrying about. The price is the real issue. This year I have made a record purchase of just $45 for a couch and love seat set. That’s right, only $45! Goodwill, re-sale shops, even your neighbor’s side walk are perfectly good places to begin your search. Now don’t you shake your head at me! You will be singing a different tune when you get a couch for less than $50. And with all the money you save, you can get a cover for the couch and you can give it a proper cleaning.

Cheap Discounted Sofa Couch Furniture Goodwill Apartment Living

Photo © My Dear Trash

2. Meet Your Neighbors

This may seem like an obvious suggestion, but you would be surprised at just how many people forget about the person living above them. Meeting your neighbors does not only mean you will have a familiar face to turn to, but also someone who can put out your trash when you are out of town, someone who will invite you over for dinner, and someone who could become a surprisingly fantastic friend.

College Student Apartment Neighbors

Photo © Local Talk

3. Become A Negotiator

If you are living with a roommate, you more than likely have the same sized bedrooms. Or, if you are as unfortunate as I was, your room could fit inside your roommate’s room with space for a bathroom, closet, and the kitchen sink. Is it fair to pay the same amount for less space? Why of course not! Make a deal, split the bill depending on the size of the apartment. It may be uncomfortable but you will be saving some money.

College Roommate Negotiations and Agreements

Photo © Apartment Guide

4. Candles, Candles, Candles

Depending on where you live and who lived there before you, there is most likely to be an odor. I have found myself infatuated with candles and wall flowers from Bath and Body Works,  scented products, and Febreeze.

College Apartment Candles

Photo © houzz

 

These tips and tricks are sure to help anyone with their first apartment.

What’s your advice for apartment living?

View Comment | Add a Comment



3 Cheap Ways to Spruce Up Your Dorm / Apartment

Filed under: College Life, Money/Budget, Tips - BookRenter Team
Tags: , , , ,

 

 

 

 

Dorms or apartments can be dreadful, especially if it’s your first year away from home. Make it your own and then you will feel more than welcome! Here are some dorm décor ideas to spruce up those boring old rooms!

1. Gift-Wrap Wallpaper

Dorm room and apartment walls can be a such a bore! Add a splash of personality by decorating your wall. This DIY project is cheap, easy and only requires a couple items: 2-3 rolls of gift-wrap paper, thumb-tacks, scissors and tape. Tack on two thumbtacks to the edges of the gift-wrap paper. Make sure you align the edges parallel to the ceiling and then let the gift-wrap roll all the way down to the floor. Cut off the gift-wrap paper parallel to the floor using the scissors and fold it inwards to have a straight-edge look at the bottom. Secure the bottom by tacking on thumbtacks to the bottom as well. Use pieces of tape to hold down the top, sides, and bottom of the gift-wrap paper. Repeat steps 1-3 until you have run out of wall space. Now, you should have your own customized wall design that everyone will envy!

Green Decorative Wallpaper Wrapping Paper

Photo © The Shabby Nest

2. Can Pen Holders

Need some inexpensive yet chic way to store your pens and pencils? Here’s a way to recycle some of your empty cans! All you need is a can opener, nail file and a few empty cans. Go ahead and take the empty soda can and remove the entire top portion and then file down the sharp edges of the can and rinse it out with soap and water. Let it dry and voila! You have yourself an awesome pen/pencil holder.

Fabric Covered Can Pencil Holder

Photo © Making This Home

3. Clothespin Photos

Why buy frames or tape photos on your wall? Here’s a unique, cheap and artistic way of posting photos onto your wall! All you need is some ribbon, clothespins, thumbtacks and your favorite memorable photographs! Cut the ribbon to size and tack thumbtacks onto each end. Evenly space out the areas in which you’d like to post your photos, use the clothes pins to create markers. Hang the photos in place using the clothespins and now you have a cool way of displaying photos!

Photos Hanging from Clothes Pin Line Inside

Photo © My, oh my! D.I.Y.

No need to splurge all your money on dorm/ apartment décor! Try these DIY décor projects and save even more cash! Can’t get enough of these DIY projects? Well, check out this website for different ideas on how to add a splash of your personality into your dorm/apartment!

Add a Comment



Happy wallets. Happy homes. Happy hearts.

Filed under: College Life - BookRenter Team
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Deck out your college apartment on a budget. It’s possible!

by Guest Blogger Jessica Ridgway

Whether you’re fresh out of the dorms or moving away from a cranky landlord, every college student eventually faces the dilemma of making a new apartment feel like home.

It’s the age-old question of, “How am I going to decorate my apartment?” And, more importantly, “How am I going to pimp out my pad on a budget?”

Don’t fret! BookRenter’s here to share some wallet-friendly suggestions to spruce up your space.

1. Hang up YOUR art. Frame childhood masterpieces and pieces from recent years to add a personal accent  to your abode. Not an artist? Commission one of your artsy friends (we all have them) to create something for you. You’ll support a friend’s passion and have something original to decorate your empty walls with. Everyone wins!

2. Make a photography wall. Pick your favorite digital photos, put them on a disc or flash drive, and boogie on over to the nearest grocery store’s self-service kiosk. Print out your prized photography, purchase some wall-safe putty or photography tape, and arrange your treasured snapshots to your heart’s content. Plan out your design ahead of time. Maybe your photos would look best in an organized square, spiral, heart, or favorite word – the possibilities are endless.

Worried about ripping the plaster off of the walls? Create a photography clothesline.

by Curbly

It’ll take a little elbow grease, but it’ll be easier to switch out photos, and boy, does it look professional!

3. Visit Goodwill or Salvation Army, and scour for interesting containers. You can find plenty of beautiful vases and jars for cheap! Another option: have some friends over for wine, polish off a few bottles, rinse them out, and your place will be looking classy in no time! Sprinkle other containers around your space in unexpected spots to hold kitchen supplies, pens, beer pong balls…everything! You can also fill clear ones with reflective glass marbles; sitting on the windowsill, they will create a stained-glass window effect.

4. Paint - if your realtor/landlord allows it. Jazz up your walls with lively shades (your school colors, perhaps?), words, designs, or patterns. Turn your living room into a seafaring journey with seafoam green and aquamarine blue splashed on adjacent walls. Be creative!

5. If paint isn’t an option for you, try contact paper. Brittany Boileu, 21, created this telephone pole silhouette with contact paper, which is like a giant roll of tape. You can also use electrical tape or painter’s tape to spice up the colors and textures.

by Brittany Boileau

How are you personalizing your space this year?

Happy decorating!

We value the diverse voices and fresh ideas that our guest bloggers bring to BookRenter.com. However, the ideas and opinions expressed in guest posts are strictly those of the post’s author and don’t necessarily reflect the ideas or opinions of BookRenter.Com. The information in guest posts is often drawn from a variety of sources, and we count on our guest authors to verify and fact-check the content they post. BookRenter.Com makes no claims, express or implied, as to the accuracy or completeness of guest post content or the suitability of the content for a specific purpose.

Add a Comment