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Decorating On A Dime

Let’s be honest, to live chicly AND cheaply is not an easy feat.

Whether you’re a college student, an aspiring artist, an up-and-comer in the medical field, or just a San Francisco resident, you can (and should) read along to better your living space in a reasonably tasteful way.

 In all aspects of life, there are at least two forking roads to every destination. On the elusive path to luxe living: How does a young, fashion-forward person forego the 14k gold-paved road and instead, go the silver-plated road? Will both roads lead to Anthropologie level in-house decorum?

Unfortunately, the road less traveled is silver-plated for a reason. There are no $200 hipster wall hangings on this road. Nor are there $36 candles (sigh). But don’t fret! While you’re still an up-and-comer in life, it is perfectly ok to religiously scout for deals and fight to the death for coupon codes. In fact, it’s necessary.

 To aid you in your lifelong journey to the land of the 14k gold paved roads,  we’ve compiled some of the most unconventionally conventional methods to curating the ultimate chic/cheap paradise.

Method #1: Plants are friends (and food)

In a quaint space, why wouldn’t you think to splash in some plant life? Adding some biological spice to your otherwise all white bathroom/bedroom gives it just the right pop of low-price luxury and crispness.

Photo courtesy of Pinterest
Photo courtesy of Pinterest

Method #2: Walls are giant canvases

Whether you decide to go freelance on a wall-sized painting, you choose 10-15 different pictures to hang up, or you simply want to throw a wallpaper up, you should seriously consider thinking of your walls as more than just the physical ends to your living space. A creatively designed wall is a weapon that can drastically transform a space from drag to fab.

Photo courtesy of homeadore.com
Photo courtesy of homeadore.com
Shop this exact Picture Frame Set from Urbanoutfitters.com on the StyleChat App!
Shop this exact Picture Frame Set from Urbanoutfitters.com on the StyleChat App!
Guess what--you can shop this super chic and crazy cheap Target wallpaper on StyleChat as well
Guess what–you can shop this super chic and crazy cheap Target wallpaper on StyleChat as well

Method #3: Eclectic is the New Black

When money is a deciding factor in your quest to swanky diggs, you don’t have time to confine yourself to one style/color palette. Who are you kidding, you don’t have time to conform at all! Use carpets as tapestries, magazines as coffee tables, musical instruments as wall pieces. Throw some of those cool rock/butterfly collections on a a shelf. You might as well gather up some childhood memorabilia in the mix too, why not? Eclectic is cool people, embrace it.

Photo courtesy of www.brit.co
Photo courtesy of http://www.brit.co
The stacked look makes for a purposeful frenzy of eclectic bliss. Photo courtesy of Pinterest.com
The stacked look makes for a purposeful frenzy of eclectic bliss. Photo courtesy of Pinterest.com
An eclectic mix of personal treasures and hobbies that makes for an interesting shelf, and a perfect conversation starter. Photo courtesy of www.ourboathouse.com
An eclectic mix of personal treasures and hobbies that makes for an interesting shelf, and a perfect conversation starter. Photo courtesy of http://www.ourboathouse.com

Despite your occupation, income, square footage, you–yes, you–deserve to come home to a space that looks and feels like home. In more trite terms, the width of your wallet does not define you! (my apologies for that one, had to get it out of my system)

One day you will be on the coveted golden road to greatness. Until then, make the silver-plated road as shiny as you can.

By: Leah Heyman

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How to Decorate your Living Space when you’re Living with Roommates

You’ve grown up, moved out of your parents’ place, and gotten your independence, but have you really?  One of the most common problems young women endure is sharing their living space with one or more people. We all know that living with roommates can be fun on a Friday night when you’re getting ready to celebrate the weekend, but when Monday comes and reality sets in, you’re left learning how to cope with the situation.  This is when you find yourself having to compromise in order to be considerate to your roommates. While compromising is good, here’s how you can decorate your living space to your satisfaction without stepping on each other’s toes.

First, have an open conversation about your likes and dislikes. You might be presently surprised to find that you have the same favorite band or favorite color. Take a minute to run through each other’s Pinterest boards to find some similarities in your interests.

If this results in the realization that you have nothing in common, don’t worry just stick to the basics when decorating. Who doesn’t like inspirational phrases or subtle neutral colors?  This picture frame from Urban Outfitters is simple, classic, and inspirational, and very unlikely to disturb a roommate like some of those other crazy colorful neon posters you may have wanted to use instead.

Photo Courtesy of Urban Outfitters
Photo Courtesy of Urban Outfitters

When you’re decorating your place with furniture, there’s a fine line between having too much crammed into a small space and not enough. Try buying a piece of furniture that doesn’t take up a lot of space, while still keeping your stuff organized. The Urban Outfitters furniture rack featured here will most definitely please your roommate with your clothes and accessories will be hanging neatly rather than lying dispersed all over the apartment. A delicate furniture piece like this is effective for hanging and not overpowering in terms of size or color.

Photo Courtesy of Urban Outfitters
Photo Courtesy of Urban Outfitters

Just remember, your living space should reflect the tastes of everyone living there. Keep the common rooms simple if you can’t agree on a specific theme then add your own flavor to your individual bedroom.

Check out the StyleChat app to find the perfect home furnishings to decorate your living space!

By: Jaclyn Parker