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"Garden-Level Living"

Ah yes … the garden-level woes can sometimes hit when you are not getting enough light in your home because … well, you’re living in the basement. Sometimes it’s drab, dark, and can be uninviting. It’s got its perks though – very few stairs and no one below you. But it can also be a bummer to have smaller windows than every other apartment in the building, too. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled a list of ways to make it feel bright and cheery!

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 1. Light it Up

Lamps are a garden-level apartment’s best friend. Overhead lighting not only cramps the space, but it can make it feel darker. Fluorescent lighting is the worst, too. Invest in some lamps and place them strategically throughout the house. It’ll light up!

 

 

2. Get the Daylight to Bounce

Mirrors are one of the best ways to reflect light and create a brighter space. They’re also great because you can have a ton of fun picking out pieces that reflect your personality.

 

 

3. Long Curtains

Hanging full-length curtains at the edges of the windows will make them feel larger. If you go with a light color and sheer texture, you can make it feel even brighter.

 

 

4. Paint

If you can paint your place, go for it. White does not always make a space feel brighter – I believe that’s a personal preference. Choose a light or bright color for your apartment like greens, yellows, blues, and greys. 

 

 

5. Go Easy

It’s easy to pile in the furniture when you’ve got the space, but when you have too much furniture it will appear dark and cluttered. Consider pieces that will help reflect light such as glass or Lucite, or use low-profile furniture or items with legs.

 

Add some of that green into your life! Not only do plants increase your happiness by 15%, according to a study done by Exeter University, but they also help relieve stress. Bamboo is a great choice because it grows well in with minimal light.

Whoa! Slow Your Roll Before You Sign That Lease

I know! I know! You found that super awesome pad you want to call home! Before you get too enthusiastic, breathe and try to look at the apartment objectively. As an aside, I want to wish you good luck with that, because most real estate decisions are emotional. You will most likely be thinking with your heart rather than your brain, and that makes you normal!

Ameliorate Your Space: How to Make Your Studio Feel Bigger

Studios are great! They’re inexpensive, funky, and easy to maintain… but they are also S-M-A-L-L. You don’t have to feel cramped because you’re allotted only a certain amount of square feet to work with, so how do you make it feel bigger? Here are some great and foolproof ideas on how to make the most out of what you have and having fun while doing it!

Apartment Hunting : The Hunt

Buyer Beware: What you don't know when shopping for an apartment can hurt you! Go ahead and ask those uncomfortable questions before you sign the lease. Raise your hand if you love moving! Hahaha, just kidding. Hunting for an apartment can be a super exciting time in your life…but it can also be one of the most stressful things other than death, marriage, or starting a new job. Yikes! Did you know landlords must legally comply with Fair Housing laws? I once went on a showing with a landlord who violated five Fair Housing laws in a sentence. I wasn’t even mad; I was impressed. One sentence!