How to make your apartment feel like home

Howdy, strangers! I know I’ve been more MIA than Where’s Waldo, but I had a hectic past couple of months. Having finals after a jam-packed semester made me only want to crawl home and enjoy my family, free food and the beach, of course.But I’m back! And with a post I’ve been wanting to share for a while now. I’ve lived in an apartment for almost 4 years now, and I’ve always struggled with how to make it feel more “homey”.

Thankfully, my mom, who’s an interior designer, gave me a bunch of tips and DIY’s to make my room feel like I’m just at home.

I thought I’d share with you a few (inexpensive!) ideas on how to make your apartment cozy, just in time for the new year!

How to make your apartment feel like home

  • String some lights: These will brighten up your room without feeling glaring
  • Put up picture frames: It’s an easy way to make your apartment feel more “permanent” and adult without shelling out big bucks (check out Target and HomeGoods for some great options!)
  • Invest in cozy blankets: I swear by my Barefoot Dreams blanket. It’s the softest thing ever and you will never sleep without it. Guarantee.
  • Hang artwork: Etsy and Pinterest have hundreds of free artwork printables online. Bonus points if you hang them with washi tape!
  • Throw some pillows: Throw pillows are a perfect touch to any bed or couch!
  • Don’t forget scents: An easy way to make a room more homey is using candles or wax melters. If you’re missing home, try using a scent that reminds you home.
  • Add some green: Try potting some plants or succulents to sprinkle some green in your room!

Do any of you live in an apartment? How do you make your place feel more like home, especially with all those white walls?? Share some tips with me below in the comments!


Pinterest Interest: Gold canvas

Last week, my roommates and I were in the crafting mood, which never happens. We wanted to do something quick + easy, but actually nice. When we didn’t have any ideas, we turned to the internet–thank you, Pinterest.

One of my roommates ended up trying this glue-on-a-canvas tutorial, which was a tragic fail. The other, a simple letter cut out. After wandering aimlessly in Michael’s Crafts, I just ended up painting a favorite quote of mine on a canvas–nothing special. However, I came across a cute DIY idea I thought I’d share with you guys.

gold painted canvas diy


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Don’t Be Like the Rest of ‘Em, Darling

I first saw this quote on Pinterest years ago and fell in love with what it stood for.

I love when people are individuals and aren’t afraid to be themselves. I’ll admit, sometimes it’s a little scary to be different when conformity feels so comfortable, but it’s definitely more rewarding to be true to yourself. This was something I wanted to always keep in mind.


So, as I mentioned in my last DIY post, I needed art work for my new apartment and an inspirational quote seemed perfect. I decided to make my own since I couldn’t find one with a good quote and nice, coordinating colors.

I went out to Walmart and bought an alphabet sticker set I found in the car section (I think they were for a mailbox). They were thicker than normal stickers, which was great for preventing the paint from leaking underneath the letters.

I first cut out the letters (into little squares) I needed to use and assembled them on the canvas how I wanted to the quote to look.

I carefully peeled each letter and stuck them on the white canvas. Then, I played around with my paint.

I chose a light pink ombre; it was really simple to do. I started with a medium-bubble-gum pink and first painted the middle. Then I added white to the paint and painted the lighter part. I added more red and darkened the paint for the bottom part.

I let the paint dry and then carefully peeled off the letters. I had to make some touch ups on the white to help make the lines look clean.

I love how it came out. It’s one of my favorite quotes and I love the girly look it has.

What do you think? Have you ever tried painting with stickers?

Wall Art

Last summer, I was in a crafting mood. Canvases, picture frames, cups, melting crayons; you name it, I tried it. I knew my new apartment would have lots of bare walls and they needed some art to spruce up the space. Pinterest gave me so many ideas.

After seeing this diy from The Embellished Nest, I knew I had to give it a try.


I loved how easy and fresh it looked. Plus, I had never thought of using masking tape on a canvas, so it seemed like something fun to try.

I first laid masking tape on a white canvas in a herringbone pattern, like this.

Attempting to make wall art using tape and paint

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I layered several mixed colors on top of each other and finished the look with a light mist of gold spray paint. After letting the paint dry, I peeled off the masking tape and touched up any spots with white paint.

This is how my version came out and I love it.


The main color in my room is a light sky blue, so I wanted this painting to be intentionally different and add a splash of color. I had pops of magenta and purple throughout my room so I tied that together with this painting.

What do you think? Have you ever done a diy you saw on Pinterest?