10 Ways To Furnish Your First Apartment

Striking Out On Your Own

Leaving the nest is never easy, but eventually we all have to learn to fly. Discovering your style can be a fun and frustrating journey, especially if your big ideas don’t fit into your new space.

Fortunately, there’s plenty you can do to get your first new digs in order from furniture, to décor and accenting everything with the right pieces.

Liven Your Living Room

  1. Sofas, Sectionals & Futons – The first order of business for any new space is getting your seating squared away. Sofas and sectionals are a great start, but if you’re looking to save a few bucks, futons work just as well.
  2. Coffee Tables – For tabling, coffee tables work the best, but multiple end tables also work.
  3. Loveseats – If your budget allows, tossing a loveseat into the mix is always a good idea when entertaining guests.
Beckett Silver Sofa
Beckett Silver Sofa – $549

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Dining Party

  1. Fill your dining space with some slick dining table and chair sets. For more intimate spaces, a bar table and bar stools might be a better fit, but you’ll have to make that choice.
  2. If you want to buck tradition, turn your dining area into a reading/office nook for any and all projects with a recliner or rocker. It’s a good way to wind down after a long day of classes or the hustle and bustle of work.

Bedroom Build-outs

  1. Dressers – Keep your clothes, accessories, and other personal things organized while adding some character. Dressers are not necessary, but certainly don’t hurt.
  2. Beds & Bed Frames – The place your rest your head is important. Quality mattresses and bed frames are more affordable than you think at Art Van.
  3. Night Stand – Well, you’ll need somewhere to put your phone, book or glasses. A night stand is a great surface to keep convenience close and adds more personality to your space.
Brady Tufted Upholstered Queen Bed
Brady Tufted Upholstered Queen Bed – $199

Extras We Take For Granted

  1. Rugs – A little accessorizing goes a long way. Adding a rug or two is a great way to add pops of color to contrast with plain walls. You can also use rugs to create some pattern ambiance for all of your spaces.
  2. Floor Lighting – With all the décor and decorations you have going, it would be a shame if the right light couldn’t illuminate it. Floor lighting is a great idea to give an even balance of light to bring out colors and highlight angles that standard overhead apartment lighting may not do well.
Champagne Gold Table Lamp
Champagne Gold Table Lamp – Set of Two, $99
Moroccan Area Rug
Moroccan Area Rug – $149

There’s no need to break the bank to furnish your new apartment. You can find excellent sectionals, sofas and love-seats from Outlet plus coffee tables that fit tons of tastes. Art Van makes spreading your personality and personal flair throughout your place easy.

3 Farmhouse Accessories to Update Your House for Fall

Modern Farmhouse Style is a super hot look, but you don’t have to redecorate your entire room to bring this aesthetic home. Adding accessories is an easy way to be on trend without spending a lot. Here are three Farmhouse accessories that will look perfect in your home:

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White Ceramics

Modern Farmhouse style puts dishes and utensils on display. Nothing is more classic or beautiful than white dinnerware. Stack dishes and bowls on open shelves. Keep your table set, and use plate hangers to display pieces on the wall. And find whimsical white ceramic pieces, such as a playful planter.

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Fringe and Textiles

Look for pillows, dishcloths, table runners and rugs in natural textiles, such as burlap, linen and cotton. The humble textures add the feeling of warmth to your room. Fringe is a big trend in farmhouse accessories, so look for it on pillows, throws and rugs.

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Botanical Prints

Modern Farmhouse style takes literal cues from nature, with artwork and accessories that feature botanicals. Look for floral prints as well as large leafy designs.

How to Transition a Bedroom to Fall

The change of seasons is a good reason to refresh your home décor, and fall is the perfect time to update your bedroom with warmth and coziness in mind. From your window coverings to your bedding, quick changes will get you ready for the cooler weather. Here’s how to transition a bedroom to fall.

Transition bedroom to fall
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Swap Out Bedding

Speaking of bedding, change your sheets to warmer choices, such as microfiber or flannel. Add a blanket or quilt to your bed, and consider a throw blanket that will a sense of luxury and can be pulled up when needed. You might also choose richer colors.

Add Drapes

Summer is time to let in the sun and let your space shine. When fall comes around, you might need a little more warmth, especially if your windows are a little drafty. Add drapes or curtains over your shades or blinds. You can choose a color that complements your bedding or adds a new texture to the room.

transition bedroom to fall
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Layer Lighting

The days are shorter in fall and winter, so make sure you have layers of lighting in your room. Use a lamp on your nightstand. Update overhead lighting with a chandelier or statement fixture. And consider using candles in your space. Be sure to extinguish them before you go to bed or choose the realistic battery operated models available today.

Use Fall Scents

One of the best parts of the fall season is the variety of scents associated with it. If you use candles in your space, consider scented options, such as cinnamon or pumpkin spice. You can also add scent with a diffuser or large bowl of potpourri.

transition a bedroom to fall
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Bring in a Rug

Warm up things underfoot by using a rug. Your feet will appreciate the warm landing in the morning, and a rug visually warms a room, as well. Choose a thick pile, such as shag, which will have the added benefit of providing insulation.