Do you remember your first apartment? I remember the dishwasher had to be wheeled across the linoleum to hook up to the sink before you could press start.
Our daughter recently celebrated her first year as a homeowner (condo). She won the lottery (literally) with new development in downtown Denver. The developer set aside 10% of its 300 condos/penthouses for affordable housing. She applied, lost in the first round lottery, but finished strong with a 2 bed/1 bath unit with views of the historic Union Station.
Now comes the fun part, the part where she gets to decorate. Her younger brother looks thrilled.
Recently, she asked if I wanted to join her to do a little shopping for her condo. We all know what that means, right moms?
Of course, I was thrilled to spend an afternoon at HomeGoods with her.
We had a trial run last year when she gave me permission to add a little holiday to her 648 square foot condo.
Baby steps with my gen-y girl. She is brilliant, thoughtful, and has a lot of opinions (just like her auntie) ;0).
The following ideas are a start point for us moms … I mean our young adult children who want ideas on how to decorate their first apartment.
7 Ideas to Decorate Your First Apartment
- Framed Photos of College Friends The only thing that makes this photo even sweeter is the girl behind the lens is one of my daughter’s closest friends since 3rd grade.
- Fun Prints You know those funny animal prints at Homegoods? They are like watercolors or black and white images with giraffes and pandas (like this one)? Well, they were a little bit out of my daughter’s comfort zone. Together, we decided to have a little fun (and I paid for it).
3. Location Prints to Decorate Your First Apartment
I love prints that tell a story. Without any words, these framed engineer prints share something about herself. Purchasing a city map or college town map is a fun and budget-friendly idea to decorate an apartment or condo.
I shared the details here and purchased frames for these prints at Michaels.
4. Entry Nook
With inexpensive shelves or a tiny console table, it is possible to create an entryway space. We all need a place for our stuff to land after work or school. Even if it’s just an entry mat and a basket… we call that an entryway in real estate. #realtorlife
5. Pillows for a First Apartment
Pillows are an inexpensive way to make a room feel like you just made a commitment to the couch. And, pillows make a space feel cozy and officially a grownup.
My daughter found these on Amazon and I think her mom and dad for them “by accident” on our family Amazon account. It’s funny how each child has their own card assigned to a family account, but they always mistake our credit card for their card. I shared that funny story here.
Between us, I ended up buying the same navy pillows here.
6. Freestanding Island
A freestanding (mobile) island is a great investment for your first apartment or condo. It can operate as a multi-purpose piece or define a space. And, the best part is it can go with you when you move.
Our daughter’s parents and grandparents helped her to splurge on this one. #ad
I think she borrowed a few barstools from our house. #wink
7. Desk For years our kids sat behind a desk most hours of the day. A desk is as familiar as a worn blankie. In an apartment, however, a desk +chair takes up valuable real estate.
I found the cutest window desk years ago on Pinterest. I wonder if my daughter would let me set this up over her window?
How to Decorate Your First Apartment
A childhood keepsake only works if it has meaning or memory. My daughter has had this blanket since she came home from the hospital. Her great aunt made it for her.
The butter-yellow blanket has traveled abroad, across the midwest (twice). It has traveled 1000’s of miles back and forth from the mountains and back home.
I snapped this photo before she left for college.
These days, it is more yarn than a blanket, but every time I see it in her bag or at her condo I smile.
That’s it! Just a few ideas to help your adult-ish or adult child set up their first apartment.