Tips + Tricks: How to Make a Rental Feel More Like Home

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I am a firm believer that a happy environment at home can have the most positive effect on your everyday life. Similar to my own unique style and writing, I consider decorating as another form of a creative outlet for myself. As cheesy as it may sound, I think it’s so important to use your creativity in your everyday life. By surrounding myself with the things I love, I feel so inspired and motivated to be my best self. Since moving into my own place, I have been overly-obsessed with decorating and finding the perfect pieces for my little apartment, on a budget. I’ve mentioned before that as a college student, it’s so easy to feel like you’re just going through the motions and don’t have a set place you necessarily call “home.” With my own experience with renting, I’ve found that it can be difficult to make it feel like home, when you don’t exactly “own” the place. However, I’ve found that adding your own personal style, with bits + pieces of inspiration can fix any situation to feel cozier. No matter if you’re in a dorm room, apartment, or house,  I have a couple helpful tips + tricks that will go a long way into making your rental feel more like home:img_9355-e1531256243851.jpg

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I can’t stress this one enough…nothing makes a room feel more lonely than empty wall space. With rentals, there’s really only so much you can actually do with your space so there’s no better way to lighten up a room than with some wall art. A lot of online website are pretty pricey when it comes to simple prints, so I have a life-hack for you guys if you aren’t looking to over-spend in this area. On websites like Pinterest and Tumblr, there are tons of different prints and photos that you can print out for free…and then dress up with a pretty frame from your local thrift store. I will link some examples of prints I found online below.

Grateful Print

Do What You Love Print

X Print

Another place to find inexpensive wall art is on Amazon. I think it just might be my favorite place to find home goods because they have so much to offer and they make it so easy for you to shop. I found this wall decal on amazon for a decent price and it was so easy to stick on-to my wall.

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IMG_9356Now this tip might seem a bit strange at first, but trust me when I say adding different textures to a room can seriously change the vibe and make it feel extra cozy. For instance, I have been loving the whole wicker trend. You can find wicker baskets at your local Home-Goods, or online on Amazon for a decent price. Not only are they great for storage but they can quickly switch up a space and make it feel more put-together. In my apartment, I knew I wanted to add some type of marble piece but I wanted to stray away from making my living room “too” modern, so I decided to add a wicker basket on my marble coffee table and I swear it gives the perfect balance of modern, yet shabby chic.

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Another way to add texture is with your throw pillows + blankets. Pillows are my favorite because they are so versatile and can seriously change the feel of the entire space. I like to do this by playing around with different prints and colors, this is definitely where you can add your own personal style and creativity.

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This is probably my favorite tip I have for you guys and it’s so simple! Adding plants + flowers is the best way to freshen up any space. I like to find a good balance between real and artificial plants throughout my apartment because I am honestly the worst at keeping plants alive. However, I do love picking up a bunch of fresh flowers during my weekly trip to Trader Joe’s…they have the best options at the lowest price! As for artificial plants, I usually go to IKEA or Target. They’re always reasonably priced and seriously change the entire vibe of a room.

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Being the coffee enthusiast I am, I had to dedicate a section of my kitchen to my absolute favorite beverage. So I decided to turn a basic utility cart into a coffee cart. This obviously isn’t a necessity but I wanted to mention it because I am seriously loving mine! It’s perfect for small spaces that are lacking in counter-space.

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This might sound super cliché but it’s the little things that make a difference. I am obsessed with candles and make sure to put them everywhere. It’s a quick and easy way to make a room feel cozier. I wanted to share some of my absolute favorite candles with you guys:

Sweet Grapefruit Soy Candle

Capri Blue Candle

Panjore Lychee Candle

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Do What You Love Wall Decal

Woven Wall Hanging

Zodiac Print

Black + White Palm Print

Letter Board

Woven Basket

Woven Coffee Table Tray

Pink Pillow

Yellow Pillow

Fluffy Gray Pillow

Evil Eye Pillow

Coffee Cart

Coffee Table

Rug

Plants

Blue Keurig Coffee Machine

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I hope you guys enjoyed this post + don’t forget to keep up with my social media below for daily updates, xoxo.

My Go-To Self Care Tips & Tricks

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I am currently in the midst of moving, which is very exciting…don’t get me wrong about that, but going from lease to lease each summer is always stressful. It’s hard not to feel like you’re stuck in the in-between stage of your life throughout college. Of course I am constantly growing, but there is always this tiny voice in my head that seems to be telling me that I should be doing more, or better. As a college student in my twenties, it’s hard not to get discouraged or worried when thinking about what appears to be the whole grand scheme of things. Especially with the significance of social media in our society today, it’s easy to compare your progress to someone else when in reality you’re only falling a victim to some strangers perception of their perfect life on a little screen. Through my own years of self-discovery and figuring sh*t out, I’ve come to realize the truth behind the fact that everyone you see online is a real person…who deals with real issues, give or take. Everyone is dealing with their own demons, and everyone handles them in their own way. Since I got back to San Diego I’ve been in the process of finding a new place and figuring out my next big step. It’s really brought me back to think about why I started this blog and what I want to share with you guys. It might be easier to share the good stuff, but I want to be real with my readers and show you that everybody has those days. Whenever I wake up feeling like the universe is far from being a friend of mine, I have a few special things I like to do. All of these things have to do with self-care, and taking that step back to really ground myself. Sometimes self care presents itself as this glamorous thing, like bubble baths or face masks & sometimes self-care just looks like going to your favorite coffee shop and reading a good book, or making a mental list of all the things that make you feel good. I am grateful for both.

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img_8074-e1530138778492.jpgThis is my first, and very most important tip because I believe that everyone should do at least one thing that makes their heart happy, each and every day. Now this might be different for absolutely everyone, whether it’s a hobby or simply just watching your favorite TV show at night…I am a firm believer in “Me Time.” Through the chaos of life, it’s easy to get caught up in making everyone else happy and I’ve learned the hard way that it’s SO vital to take time for yourself. Personally, I love to write. I’ve found that it’s my best stress-relief and always makes me feel productive.

img_8040-e1530139297765.jpgOn the same topic of making time for yourself…let’s talk about working out. I have a love/hate relationship with the gym. However, I am very aware that it has so many benefits for physical AND mental health. I’ve been doing yoga on & off for years and I love it. The best thing about it is that you can either sign up for classes at a studio or you can do it in the comfort of your own home. No matter how I’m feeling before a yoga class, I always leave in a significantly better mood.

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I swear there’s a song out there that can relate to any situation or feeling you may have. Good music can seriously change the world. Whenever I am having an off-day, I always force myself to clean. I know this might sound crazy to some people, but I find it very therapeutic. I love blaring my favorite feel-good songs while I try to be productive as possible. You can listen to my feel-good playlist here.

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Similar to music, there’s an endless amount of books and authors you can relate to. When you’re really busy it might seem impossible to sit down and read a book but I promise you it’s the best stress relief. Not to mention, there’s so many authors out there that have moving life-stories that will inspire you and get you out of your funk. Here are some of my favorites:

Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso — if you’re interested in fashion or being an entrepreneur, her story is amazing!

Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan— I read this whole book on the airplane back to SD…needless to say it’s amazing. It’s a true story about a crazy medical mystery. The movie actually just came out on Netflix too & it’s really good!

You are a Badass by Jen Sincero— I’m not usually one for self-help books but I will say sometimes they are necessary. I enjoyed this one because not only is it an easy read, but she has a great sense of humor!img_8043-e1530147629544.jpgI must admit…I am obsessed with Pinterest! I wouldn’t usually recommend going on social media to de-stress but it’s my absolute favorite for INSPO. I swear I could spend hours just scrolling through the app…especially in the process of moving, it’s been so helpful for my apartment inspiration. Check out my Pinterest:

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↓ Outfit Deets ↓

TLROOM top

TLROOM lounge pants — their stuff is so soft!

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Mini Gingham Backpack—from Brandy Melville, but I linked a similar one!

Thanks for reading my post, and I hope you find these tips & tricks helpful like I do! xx

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