I share my favorite ways to decorate on a budget.
I’ve heard horror stories about searching for apartments in New York City. Most people dream of that doorman apartment on the twentieth floor with a view of the New York City skyline, new finishing’s, a working dishwasher and laundry in the building. And most people my age end up in a seven-story walk-up, above a noisy bar that faces another building and looks down to a sketchy alleyway. I ended up somewhere in the middle. Not the twentieth floor, but not the seven-story walk-up either. My roommate, who is one of my great friends from college, and I found an awesome apartment in the East Village. It doesn’t have a dishwasher or a view of the New York City skyline, but we do have our own private backyard, which is going to be great for the summer. Now that the holidays are over, I’m going to ransack all the drug stores to find Christmas lights on sale so I can string them up around the backyard. But as everything has been so far, this too will be a process (and a whole new budget).