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It was bound to happen. You got older. You got wiser. “The Crow” and the “Pulp Fiction” posters that were tacked up in your college living room made way for the more sophisticated framed skylines from Ikea and machine-printed canvases from Urban Outfitters in the living room of your early twenties. And that brings us to your first adult apartment, where your focus has shifted from filling space to investing in pieces that will not only last through a move, but also give visitors a taste of your style – not to mention create a comfortable and inspiring place to call home.
I’m reading a book about Marie Antoinette and I can’t decide if I want to be her best friend or if she was basically an 18th century version of The Real Housewives of Versailles. Maybe both? One thing’s clear though: this queen had an amazing sense of style. Her palaces were filled with sumptuous fabrics, rich colors, and intricately detailed decorations. Here are some modern day pieces to bring a little Antoinette opulence into your home… Keep reading »
Nobody has filing cabinets anymore. I mean, well, most people don’t! Who has papers, after all, when everything’s stored conveniently on hard drives? But that doesn’t mean you should throw your bulky home filing systems away just yet. They can be handily re-purposed as raw surfaces for the kitchen or living room. Shown here, a filing cabinet with the addition of a cutting board on top, and a towel rack drilled into the side, turns into a great kitchen cutting and storage surface. [Apartment Therapy]
After a long day of writing and editing at The Frisky, I like to take a nice long soak in a bathtub. I drink a glass of wine, put on some music or a podcast, and read a book. I party hard. Occasionally I even take pictures of my feet poking out amongst the bubbles and post them on Facebook because I like to live on the edge and play with electronics near water. In short, my nighttime soaks come with a lot of easily damageable accessories — gadgets, books, and precious, precious wine — and I need a safe place to set everything while I stew. Hence, I’m itching to buy this Umbra bamboo and chrome bathtub caddy — there’s even a place to rest my book upright! That’s awesome, as I’m supposed to be relaxing and holding a book requires effort. Sold.
Sure signs you’re in a responsible grownup’s apartment: there’s an actual bed frame, not just a mattress and a box spring; there’s the good, soft, thick kind of toilet paper in the bathroom; and there is a set of coasters on the coffee table. Everyone knows cup rings scream “stuck in adolescence.” Project the air of maturity we know you possess to all future house guests with this chic and earthy set of clay and glass coasters by potter Kelly Brooks. Pretty and functional, hooray!
When I was growing up, one of life’s greatest pleasures was going over to my grandmother’s house and making Coke slushies and microwaved s’mores. These days, I can still make s’mores when I’ve got the hankering, but my homemade slushie cravings have long gone unquenched because I lacked the proper device — but not anymore! The Slush Mug is back, baby! This retro mug miraculously turns your favorite tasty beverage into frozen slush thanks to the highly scientific “Glaciercore.” Plus, now that I’m of age, I can use it to make alcoholic versions of my old favorites. Jack and Coke Slushies, anyone?
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Since it’s The Frisky’s 7 Days To A Prettier Place week, we are showing off our humble abodes. My apartment would be considered large and in charge by New York standards, but don’t get too jealous. I live in a less desirable outer borough, I have a roommate, and the best thing about my apartment is also its Achilles heel — it hasn’t been remodeled since 1970. Literally. Sometimes I want to pull up the red shag carpeting or lime green, floral linoleum myself, but hey, I rent. My 80-year-old Greek landlord who lives downstairs would be displeased. Instead of fighting the apartment’s kitschy vibe, my roommate and I have tried to embrace it full-on. Check out the rest of my groovy grandma pad after the jump.
A desk is a great way to make you feel like a real-life adult-type person (I don’t have a desk). Desks give you a place to stretch out and get work done away from the distraction of the TV, a dedicated place to focus your energies when you need to do work, and perhaps most importantly, a place to hide all the floating papers, junk mail and ephemera that can sometimes take over your life. After the jump, we’ve found a selection of desks to pretty up your place.