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.