Hi, it’s Gabrielle from Savvy Home here again! The 1st of July has come and gone which, in Montreal, translates into international moving day. There are likely hundreds of young girls (and boys) who have moved out into their first home or apartment, eager to decorate on a meager budget. We’ve all been there: trying to make the best out of hand-me-downs and Ikea “starter kits”.
One of the young ladies I think has achieved the first-apartment look particularly well is Eliza Crater. Sure it helps that her great-grandmother is Sister Parish – aka the queen of decorating – but she was working on a college graduate budget nonetheless, proving that “a room’s overall impression is often quite distinct from the items with which it’s furnished”.
1. If your apartment is lacking in character, paint the walls a bold color. The space will be transformed.
2. Complement the bright walls with a fun patterned duvet in a complementary color.
3. To finish off the look, crisp white sheets is always a good option and they’re available at every price point.
4. Repurpose a chest of drawers into a bedside table. Visit your grandma’s attic or your local antique shop.
5. Lamps are important to set the mood. You really can’t go wrong with a timeless blue and white piece.
6. Use colorful trays and glasses to organize jewelry, makeup brushes and other trinkets.
7. Fresh flowers are a classic styling trick. They really go a long way to finish off a space.
8. Start a gallery wall with what you have, even if is just a couple of frames. Add to the collection as you go.
9. Embellish ready made curtains with trim and colorful bows.
10. Personalize your space with photos of friends and family.
See you next week!0