at home 

What I’m Wearing: DL 1961 Jeans (similar)


For more than a little while now I’ve wanted to do a post about our apartment, DIY projects we’ve been working on, & some little tips & tricks for home decor. For now, that post is comfortably situated on the back burner because a) we still have a few little projects underway and b) we’ve just started to get into the groove of knowing how to properly light shots indoors (it’s been a struggle, but we’re getting there).


In the meantime, though, I want to do a quick post on five little things you can do to help transition your apartment away from college dorm mode and into adult mode, so to speak. I feel like this is something a lot of people want but don’t quite know how to get, and I know a lot of that feel comes down to basic cleanliness and organization, but I do think there are a couple of seemingly inconsequential things you can do that actually, in combination, really step up & establish that home-feel. Here they are…


1. Don’t hang anything up that isn’t framed or finished.


Porter’s recently gotten around my strong dislike for taped-up sports posters by framing some. I’m not happy about it, but I’m not that mad either.


2. Buy repeat candles.


Everyone knows that their home has a certain smell and that certain friends and families homes do too. I don’t know what kind of sorcery that is but I do know choosing one candle you absolutely love and buying it repeatedly, even just for one space like the bathroom or kitchen, creates an olfactory association that for whatever reason is really comforting.


3. Keep your hangers uniform.


Maybe this is nitpicky on my part, but I really feel like it makes a difference when you open your closet and have one uniform kind of  hanger (huggable, wooden, etc.) I’m convinced literally no one likes wire hangers, keeping them and reusing them is like asking to be irritated.


4. Have back up.


Whether it’s paper towels, detergent, toilet paper, or toothpaste, having back up of essentials makes life easier. I feel like running out of things that meet basic needs shouldn’t be a thing once you’re paying your own bills.


5. Buy cloth napkins.


Kind of like the hangers, this seems unnecessary at first, but there’s something about sitting down to dinner in your apartment with a cloth napkin versus paper that really makes you feel like you have your life together.


Basically what is comes down to is making an apartment feel less like rented space & more like your own, and I think that’s something everyone wants.


P.S. I’ve gotten a few questions about the jeans I’m wearing in these pics, so I’ve put the link above. (FYI Topshop lets you apply a student discount online if you have your college email).


Hope you enjoy the pics




Anna Lisa

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