How To Decorate Your First Post-Grad Studio Apartment For $500 Or Less

August 15, 2014 by Julia Welling
shefinds | Style
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Eight months ago, I packed my bags and moved 1300 miles away from my small southern college town to New York City, and while I had apartments during my college years, shopping for my first post-grad place was a whole different experience. The apartments near campus were spacious, affordable and easy to find, but what I found in the Big Apple was totally opposite.

After looking at eight apartments, I was relieved to find the one that I would call my home, but after broker fees, first and last month’s rent and move-in expenses (like shipping my bed from Florida), there wasn’t much cash left over to decorate, especially since I was on an intern’s budget.

But thanks to Pinterest and a whole lot of sales and thrifting, I was able to find extremely affordable ways to make my tiny studio apartment feel warm and home-y for around $500. My apartment is proof that a little bit of spray paint and a whole lot of creativity can go a long way. So if you’re looking for some home inspiration, check out the slideshow.

For more decorating inspiration, check out this apartment makeover by Target, Smythe headquarters and Diana Ra’s office.


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