The Apartment Chronicles | A New Series

Renting your first apartment can be exciting, fun, sometimes lonely and can even be a struggle at times. It gives you a great feeling of being independent and is definitely a journey. Well, mine is no different. I've felt all of these emotions at one time or another in just 5 months and I'm sure they'll continue. Well, I'm finally going to start sharing those experiences here on the blog!

I knew when I first moved into my apartment back in June that I wanted to share my experiences with you all. From first time renter's tips to decorating on a budget and so much more! So to kick off this new series I'm sharing my budget friendly dΓ©cor for my front door :) If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you've already seen it but for those of you who haven't here it is. I made my first DIY fall wreath! All of the materials were on sale at Walmart so it cost around $20 to make. Thanks to Pinterest I already had an idea of what I wanted it to look like to I picked up a wooden letter 'J', a medium sized wreath, a few bunches of flowers, a roll of wired ribbon, and some hot glue. I'm sure not all of my DIY projects are going to be this easy to make but I'm glad this one was. All I did was cut the stems of the flowers just short enough that when I stuck them in the wreath they would reach the middle but didn't go all the way through. After arranging them, I painted the wooden J with some white paint I already had and hot glued it to the wreath. To top it all I just tied the wire ribbon in a bow that hangs from a handy little command strip. Voila! An affordable wreath to kick off the Fall season.

The other item I picked up was a door mat. You would think after 5 months I would have already bought one but when you're shopping for your own place you'll be surprised at just how picky you are with your dΓ©cor. I'd been looking here and there for a door mat but I could never find one that I liked for a good enough price. Finally I saw this cute "Hello" one in Target for $12.99. It think that's a great price for a mat like this so I went ahead and bought it and love how it looks with my door! I know the colors of the wreath don't match it but I feel like it helps people feel welcome when they see either piece. So, all in all, to decorate my door I spent just under $40. I hope this inspires some first time renters or even just someone looking for an affordable way to make their front door feel a little more welcoming! I also hope it get's you all excited for more of The Apartment Chronicles! Happy Monday :)

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Have an affordable way to spruce up your front door? I'd love to hear it in the comments below!