#BudgetLivin’: Elevate Your Apartment Style

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Exposed brick walls. Check! High Ceilings. Check! The coolest furniture and decor this side of Hudson. Check! This is the dream when it comes to owing your first apartment. However, that doesn’t always happen! Your first apartment could end up being your worst nightmare.

In a rut and feeling the need for an upgrade? Here are our tips for making your budget-friendly apartment look straight off the pages of Lonny.



Faux fur is one of the simplest ways to add a touch of glamour and luxury to any apartment. Stick to neutral and pastels shades, and your space will be sure to “stand out”!

Pro-tip: On a budget? Visit HomeGoods and TJMaxx for amazing and affordable decor options that won’t break the bank.


Apartment essentials include coffee table books! DIY-d or from a department store. Try mixing light reading (magazines, photo-heavy books) with more substantial reads. Our favorites here at PorTreys include In the Company of WomenBad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World, and Humans of New York.


Mid-century modern is all the rage. Rather than getting a version of this classic style from Target or Overstock, visit an antique store for the real thing! You’ll find that well-made pieces will last for years. Embrace your creative side and try distressing, recovering, and painting a vintage piece.


Wall accents can totally transform a space. Home sections in stores like Ross and even Target amazing finds for those on a small budget. Try getting a large piece of art as a focal point, and use mirrors and smaller artworks throughout your home. Unique art can be vintage stores for an affordable price!

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Erin McDowell

Erin is a sophomore at Elon University. She is majoring in Strategic Communications with a minor in Digital Art. Her likes include Jane Austen novels, movies she's seen a million times, traveling, and Mexican food.

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