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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?

Make the most of your studio

Here at Furnish 123, we understand small spaces! Studio apartments are fun and affordable rental options but can be difficult to decorate. If you’re planning on furnishing a studio apartment, dividing your room will help make your place feel more spacious and unique. Here are our suggestions for dividing studios and making the most of an efficiency apartment.

  • Utilize furniture to create barriers. A desk, bookshelf or sofa are all great options that create the impression of two different rooms. We love this option because it’s inexpensive when using furniture you already own, it’s easy and it really makes the most of a small space.

This F123 desk separates the living room from the bedroom AND creates an efficient workspace in this studio.

  • Add a folding screen or curtains in between rooms. These are both equally inexpensive options that are also easy to put up and take down. You’ll have the freedom to rearrange your space as often as you please with this simple option.
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  • Decorate with mirrors. They’ll help add the illusion and more depth in your small space and help it feel lighter and brighter.
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  • Let the light in! Use light curtains and blinds that allow light to shine through your small space. The more light you let in, the larger the room will feel.
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Have you ever lived in a studio apartment? How did you make the most of your space?

Office Space

Whether your desk is at home or in an office, your workspace is an important area to decorate. You’ll want to be sure your desk is a comfortable space that reflects your personal style and allows you to be as productive as possible. Here are our favorite tips for making your workspace work for you.

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  • Add some plants. No we’re not talking about plastic trees here – we mean the real deal. Find some greenery that thrives in your office light and incorporate the plants in to your desk design. We love simple succulents to brighten up a desk.
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  • Color is key. You don’t have to go crazy with color but pick a palette that fuels your work and stick with it. Splashes of color will add personal style to your workspace. Bright colors are said to help stimulate creativity!
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  • Organize, organize, organize. Taking the time to arrange your office will make your life easier in the future. Limit the chaos and add cord organizers, paper organizers and supplies in accessible spots.
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  • Pay attention to where you sit. Choose a chair that is the most comfortable and ergonomic for you. It’s so important to be physically comfortable while working so take the time to select a chair that meets your needs.
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What do you do to make sure your workspace is unique to your style?