As I'm sure you all know by now, I'm all moved into my very first apartment. It's not the biggest space, but for some reason, I've still had to fill it with a bunch of furniture, necessities, and, of course, adorable accessories.
It's the cute home decor accessories that makes your space feel like an actual home, I've learned. But want to know what else I've learned? How to fill up a space with adorable accessories, therefore giving it literal life, while maintaining a substantial amount of financial dignity. And I'm here to share some of my tips with you.
1. A Terrarium
Terrariums are incredibly trendy at the moment, but don't let that cloud your judgement. These gorgeous, functional home accessories are going to be around for a while. They're beautiful to look at, totally customizable, and preserve the serenity of nature right in your own home - perfect for when the stressors of your new apartment get too crazy.
So fill these gorgeous cubes with some sand, succulents, and cacti, and prepare for one highkey beautiful accent piece. Although terrariums go for all kinds of prices, you can find one for $20 here, or one for $6 here.
2. A Hanging Planter
Why a hanging planter, you ask? Well, let me tell you something from personal experience: sometimes, you love nature. Sometimes, you love looking at gorgeous, natural plants in your living space. And sometimes, you have absolutely no more surface space in your house. For anything.
Cue the hanging planter. You can loop one of these things pretty much anywhere, plant your fave form of vegetation, and let the beauty grow, with little to minimal impact on your actual space. It's basically like a terrarium, except it can liven up some empty wallspace like nobody's business. Get one for $9 right here.
3. Cactus Candles
Straight-up, it's summer. Some of us want our homes to be decorated with literally all of the plants, but don't exactly have green thumbs. Thankfully, cactus candles are a thing, so you can get your mini cactus groove on without the whole annoying having to keep it alive part.
Cactus candles are so adorable and hugely popular right now that they can get a bit expensive; but you can get a whole pack of cactus tealight candles for about $12 right here.
4. Emoji Pillows
Okay, confession: emojis are my whole life. I'm pretty sure if the *praise hands emoji* had a spoken, verbal equivalent, I would never say anything else ever again. And, friends, if you're at all like me, then emoji pillows are not an accessory, but a necessity.
I mean, sure, they up the cuteness factor of any space by about infinity percent. But you can't let the adorable factor shield you from their functionality. Not only are these perfect for resting your head on after a long and weary day, but the next time someone asks how you're feeling, you'll be able to physically throw them the poop emoji. What a time to be alive. You can get these awesome pillows here for about $4 each.
5. All The Throw Pillows
Alright, maybe you're not as dedicated to the emoji as I am. But still, you're going to need an arsenal of cute throw pillows for your new apartment; mainly because the proper throw pillow can tie a whole room together, but also because sometimes, the day is rough and you just need to collapse onto a literal pile of clouds.
Throw pillows can actually be the centrepieces of your whole room - whether it's your living room or your bedroom - so it's really important to pick a couple that you don't just like, but also that match with whatever room you're picking. For a whole bunch of cool options at super reasonable prices, check here.
6. Fairy Lights
AKA, string copper lights. Another super trendy home decor item, string lights are actually the perfect thing to have in your apartment - whether it's your first or your fiftieth. First of all, they look totally adorable, and can add a kind of fairytale ambiance to a space.
They're also surprisingly bright, which makes them not only trendy and gorgeous, but also super functional. Imagine having your whole apartment illuminated by these things, looking like some sort of fantasy garden? Sounds pretty amazing, TBH. You can get these lights for about $10 right here.
7. Indoor Herb Garden
Adding your own personal herb garden to your kitchen saves you money and time, and it looks seriously cool. If that's not a win-win situation, then I don't know what is.
Although there are many different types of herbs and herb gardens that you can legit create, this herb garden planter is small, compact, and self-watering, making it the perfect solution for those of us who want to herbify our apartment but don't have that much available space.
8. Memory Board
I'm legit in love with memory boxes. I have a couple throughout my house, and I honestly think it's the one home accessory I can't live without. I'm the sort of person who loves seeing my life all displayed, and so memory boxes are perfect for me.
If you guys love this, too, then a memory box is going to become your new BFF. At home, I have the Umbra Hangit Photo Display, which I like because you can clip in pics, ticket stubs, sayings, quotes, or whatever else inspires you. You can pick it up right here, for roughly $24.
9. Mirrored Trays
Mirrored trays. So hot right now. No, but seriously, mirrored trays are the perfect way to add a little bit of glam into your life, and into your home.
They can sometimes get expensive, but honestly, I feel like it's a worthy investment for prettying up your living space. Plus, they're super useful: you can toss anything you want in there, like change, mail, or bills, and it won't look out of place. So, you know. Winning. You can pick up a mirrored tray for about $25 online.
10. Ladder Shelves
An adorable solution for those of us who aren't down to hang up traditional shelfs, ladder shelves are adorable, unique, and super functional.
Seriously, you can basically stack anything you want on one of these things, and it'll come out looking cute AF. Usually, ladder shelves come in neutral colours, so that it'll blend into your decor like a champ, while also calling attention to the actual things on your shelf, rather than the shelf itself. You can pick one up here for about $80.
11. An Area Rug
Hey, friend. Are the floors in your first apartment bugging you? Are you looking to add a centralized focal point in your room, or add a splash of warmth to your daily activities? Then an area rug is perfect for you.
I'd kind of consider a rug to be a necessity in any apartment, mainly because (much like throw pillows) they tend to tie a room together super beautifully - but also because you get to walk around totally barefoot without feeling any cold, which is always a huge plus. Although rugs can get super expensive, you can check out this one here; it comes in all kinds of colours, and goes for about $22.