But I don't want to live in an ugly apartment either. So I've taken to DIY-ing a few things that aren't expensive, and that make our place a little sweeter.
Since it's my job to make art all day, it's not exactly difficult for me to create some sweet one of a kind pieces for our home. We already own a TON of art. BF collects rare movie posters (that cost quite an arm and a leg) and he's amassed quite a valuable collection). And although they ARE cool, they're not totally my style. So I've claimed the kitchen as my art zone. With cheapo IKEA frames, I can use my large format home printer and get awesome results for only a few hours work. Score. And I think they look awesome.
We also have big plans for our bed. After finding this amazing headboard from West Elm (uh, 400 dollars amazing), I decided that because it was so simple, there MUST be a way we could DIY. Low and behold, I found the plans online to make the exact same one. And we can totally do it in our apartment. With nothing more than a drill (Lowe's will cut boards to size for pennies). We scoped it out today, and it will cost about 50-60 dollars for the materials. We're totally doing it… after we save the cash. Yes. We're doing it the grown up way. And yes, I absolutely wished I could just go to West Elm and buy it today. But… life just doesn't work that way, does it?
I'm totally excited though! It will be awesome to have a defined bed. And with a few throw pillows, it could be amazing. Yes, I DO wish I had a sewing machine. Although I guess I could hand sew them, but I'm not sure if I have the patience for such an endeavor…
The point is though. You don't HAVE to spend a ton of money to make your place feel a little more grown up.