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How to: find your perfect apartment

Whether you’re moving to a new apartment in the city you live in now or are moving to a whole new city, finding an apartment takes work. It can be hard to know all the details about a neighborhood and whether it will be a good fit until you’ve really spent some time there. Luckily for you, there’s the Internet and lots of great resources to make finding your perfect apartment as easy as possible!

  1. Prioritize. Figure out what your non-negotiables are for your new apartment. Proximity to the grocery store? Brand new appliances? An apartment gym? Know what you must have and what you can live with out to help narrow down and focus your search.
  2. Keep an open mind. Maybe you thought you knew everything about a particular neighborhood but try to look at each new place with an open mind. You might surprise yourself and end up in an awesome place you never would have expected.
  3. Research. Do your homework on the Internet first – there are so many resources out there so start taking advantage of them. Google is a great place to start to give you a general base of knowledge. Look for user-generated forums, like on Yelp, to determine the personality of an area and see if it will be a match. Check out Craigslist, too, for a real look at the area’s vibe. Tools like WalkScore are also great for figuring out what is close by and whether the area is walkable. Last but not least, try to find some blogs written by community members. This last research might take a little bit more time but ultimately can give you a clear understanding of area’s energy.
  4. Visit. Now that you know so more information from your Googling, get in the car and scout out your potential new neighborhood! Drive around and check out what you like and what you don’t like. Plan to stop in to area restaurants and businesses and really get the feel the place.
  5. Shop around. If you are lucky enough to have the luxury of time, you might as well take advantage of it! Check out all of your options beforehand and know that when you do sign the lease, you’ve made a well-informed decision.

Happy apartment hunting! Any apartment search horror stories?

Furnish 123’s Fall Inspiration Mood board

This week we finally welcomed the fall season! Okay, so the weather may still be extra hot here in Austin but that doesn’t mean we can’t get excited about autumn colors and decor. In honor of this lovely season, we’ve created another mood board with our favorite tool, Olioboard. We loved creating our first mood board  and this fall mood board was just as fun. Check it out:

Click to make larger!

By incorporating warm shades of eggplant purple in our Renee sofa (only $399!) and sand colored walls, we channeled the coziness of fall without going over the top! The dark wood in our Ripley tables (3 tables for $199) bring all the warm features together in a perfectly palatable fall-inspired room. What we love the most is that these fall colors are subtle enough to go well with any season.

Are you ready for autumn? What decor changes do you make as the weather gets cooler?

Announcing our You Never Forget Your First contest winners!

Throughout August, we asked Furnish 123 friends and fans to come in to the store and share with us stories of their first and worst furniture purchases on our Wall of Shame and Wall of Conquest.

We received so many awesome entries and were blown away by each entry’s creativity (why should we be surprised, though – you guys rock!).

On August 30, we hosted a champagne and confection Back to School celebration at our store and selected winners from our Wall of Shame/Wall of Conquest. Check out our winners below and see photos and stories of their first or worst furniture purchase.

Courtney won a brand new chest from us to replace this dresser that has definitely seen better days.

Sara is the winner of a new Furnish 123 sofa that we're hoping will replace her 16 year-old Thrift Town purchase 🙂

Tara is also the winner of a new sofa. RIP purple couch...it's time for a new one!

Jenny's first furniture purchase is pretty impressive...but now she's a winner of a sparkling new dinette set.

Also, Chef Jocelyn, of SugaPlump Pastries, generously gave away four certificates to party guests for use on her delicious desserts. Below are the winners of SugaPlump Pastries gift certificates and their funny entries.

Andrea's traveling, versatile furniture

Christine's circus act!

Sonny and her hobbit table

Zach's second hand mattress

Thanks to EVERYONE who entered! We had so much fun reading your stories and seeing your photos. Congratulations to all of our winners…can’t wait to see how your new Furnish 123 pieces look in your place.