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The mantle is a prime place to display fairy lights.

Fairy lights evoke many things for many people. Whether it's illuminating a Christmas tree or adding light to a wedding reception, they can be the perfect way to create a magical atmosphere in just about any space. They also happen to be cheap and easy to transport, making them the perfect addition to the decor in any apartment.

If you're struggling to add light to a space, fairy lights can really help to brighten up a dark corner or room. Here are nine creative ways to use fairy lights in decorating an apartment.

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[caption id="attachment_63689" align="aligncenter" width="880"]Upper East Side Apartments in Dallas, TX Upper East Side Apartments in Dallas, TX[/caption] ‘Throwing light on the subject’ does more than just reveal the truth of something. When it comes to your apartment, the right light can illuminate your good taste and create the mood of the space you want to live in. Read on for ways to banish shadowy recesses and squinty spaces with the best lighting choices for your apartment home.

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[caption id="attachment_71317" align="aligncenter" width="600"]modern and vintage decor Click on the image to view the full infographic.[/caption] Clean lines dominate in modern decor, as we learned with these modern decorating tips, and vintage decor incorporates old pieces that are repurposed. But what happens if you combine the two? You have a mix of old and new, with sleek furniture and neutral colors representing modern decor, and rustic lights and wood pallet art representing vintage decor. Click on the infographic above to learn how to pair items and create the perfect combination of modern and vintage in your apartment.

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[caption id="attachment_175" align="alignnone" width="300"]Sewing kit Don't forget a sewing kit when you move into your first place.[/caption] As you prepare to move out of the house or dorm and into your first real apartment, you will have a long list of items you need to buy, borrow or steal. For starters, there is the furniture: a bed frame and mattress, dressers or drawers, a couch and other seating and a table. Then you’ll need staples like dishes and cookware and cleaning supplies. In the midst of all this shopping and packing, a few things are bound to slip your mind. So before you move, make sure you have these five essential items often left out of a first apartment.

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In the age of on-the-go meals, TV dinners and takeout, the dining room can be an under-appreciated space. Show a little love to this often underutilized room by making it pull double duty. By adding simple elements to glam up…


One of the easiest ways to inject a little personality into your space is to mix up the styles. Modern meets organic when you combine an urban, silver arc lamp base with a funky, rustic DIY bird’s nest lampshade. Get started on this DIY decor project with these simple steps:


[caption id="attachment_9221" align="alignleft" width="284"] Avoid flower shock by keeping in mind these tips and tricks for doing floral decor.[/caption] With temperatures rising all across the nation, it couldn’t be any clearer that spring is officially here. Warmer weather means longer days and the chance to get outside for the first time after a cold, lengthy winter. If you’re on top of your game, you’ve most likely done your spring cleaning already, which means that your home might be ready for a makeover. You might find yourself wanting to commemorate the coming of spring in your interior décor, too. Decorating with florals is a hot new trend, but it’s tricky to master the art of floral décor without overdoing it. Luckily, with a few tips and tricks and keeping in mind some things to avoid, you’ll be able to seamlessly integrate florals into your room’s existing décor.

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[caption id="attachment_64138" align="aligncenter" width="880"]The Arbors Apartments in Winston Salem, NC The Arbors Apartments in Winston Salem, NC[/caption] In the winter, things can just seem a little… dull. Freezing temperatures, shorter days and draining winter nights can bring even the most cheerful of people down into a winter-induced depression. But the good news is that even though you can’t change the dreary weather outside, you can change your indoor environment into something warm, cozy and bright in a move that can directly affect your mood and happiness. By following a few simple tips, it will be springtime (at least in your apartment) before you know it.

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[caption id="attachment_63977" align="aligncenter" width="1600"]Lofts at Willow Creek Apartments in Beavercreek, OH Lofts at Willow Creek Apartments in Beavercreek, OH[/caption] Maybe you’re familiar with feng shui, or maybe you’ve just heard the term and are wondering what it means. An ancient Chinese practice involving the aesthetics, shape and symmetry of objects, rooms and buildings, feng shui is used to promote harmony and balance in everyday life. No matter how small your apartment in, you can make just a few small, inexpensive changes to improve the feng shui in your apartment without spending a lot of time. Read on to find out more.