I’ve decorated a handful of apartments throughout my college career. (Can we just talk about how weird it is that I’m no longer starting a new semester this month.) In my four years of school I moved six times, so I had ample opportunities to turn dingy and cramped dorm rooms and beer-stained carpet college apartments into livable spaces. No, the bones of the places were not great, but I still managed to make the place approachable and homey if I do say so myself. You can tour my studio apartment here if you’d like. Over the years I’ve discovered a few tricks to making any place feel like home, and it’s all thanks to my 10 must-have home accessories.
Rugs – Rugs are usually one of my favorite pieces in a room. They completely change the look and feel of a space and help tie everything together. A rug also does wonders for hiding carpet stains. I kid, I kid. But seriously. My favorite rug of course is my Moroccan Rug, but this blue patterned rug, this jute rug, and this Turkish rug are good too.
Plants – A little greenery goes a long way for making a space feel alive and livable. I’m contemplating getting a fiddle leaf fig tree, but I’m a little worried about keeping it alive.
Candles – I looove candles. Not only do they smell so good, but they’re great to decorate with as well. Scent plays a big role in how I feel so I love a good smelling candle. This Capri Blue Mercury Glass candle and this Santiago Huckleberry candle from Anthropologie are my ultimate favorites. They are a little spendy (I haven’t broken down and purchased one yet) but it smells amazing.
Sheepskins – Probably one of the most versatile items in a home, sheepskins can be used for almost anything. They’re great to drape over the foot of the bed or couch, throw on the back of dining room chairs or a stool, or actually use as a rug. I’m tempted to use them in every room for a cozy feel. You can get these guys for $30 at IKEA!
Mirrors – In my college living situations, mirrors were great because they make the room feel bigger.
Vases – Not because you should have a bouquet of flowers in every room (though that would be nice too), but because they are great styling accessories. A collection of varied heights, colors and textures is key. Style them on a bookshelf, nightstand, coffee table — anywhere, really!
Books/Magazines – Just like vases, books are great for styling. The more the merrier. I have the problem of not having enough books and magazines.
Window Treatments – I used to think I could skip curtains and save a little money. Wrong. Good curtains are like rugs — they make the room feel complete.
Lighting – Each room should have three light sources: an overhead or tall lamp, table lamp, and a wall sconce or ambient lighting.