Interior Design Essentials For Your Home

Everyone hits a point in their life where they look around their apartment or home and think to themselves they should probably get an actual bed frame or start having a place for your keys so you stop spending 15 minutes every morning looking for them and trying to retrace your steps. There are a few items in a home that we consider to be essentials. Here’s our list of what think to be investment pieces:

A Styled Bookshelf

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We included this on our list of essentials, because having a styled bookshelf in your apartment or home automatically gives a very adult and grown up vibe. You can make it cute, glam, and girly, or you can give it an industrial style with stained wood and metal piping. Customize it to your personality, and if you need any guidance, check out our post all about styled bookshelves here.

A Stocked Mini-Bar

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You want to always be prepared to invite friends over on a whim. It can also fill an empty corner or hallway of the house that you don’t know what to do with, and it will be an item of the home that will actually get used and not just take up space. Also, don’t you think it would be nice to have if you are working on something from home, and you can enjoy a glass of wine or whiskey on the rocks while continuing your work? (This is one of the essentials that will actually save you many as well by staying in for a drink instead of spending money out.)

An Organized Work Station

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There should be a place in your home where you keep all your important paper items and where you can take care of all those items as well, actions such as paying bills, doing taxes, working extra from home, or applying for jobs. It just makes life easier when you have all your important papers in one place and organized neatly.

Matching Dishes

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People have a habit of collecting dishes from here or there because they were gifts and such and have just accumulated over time. Well, it’s about time you exchange them for matching dishes. Don’t be afraid to keep them if they have sentimental value, but for every day use, it will make you feel more organized and less stressed all together as a person. Matching dishes will purely just make your cabinets look cuter when opened up as well.

Get Everything Framed

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This just makes you feel like an actual adult. Having pictures still pinned or hung with clothespins in your home will make you feel “forever young” definitely, but the same time you get your bed off the floor and on a real bed frame is the same day you should get your pictures framed. Plus, frames can really add to your design. They can easily complete a minimalist’s simple vibe or a glamorous diva look.

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Essentials for an Anti-Valentine’s Day Party!

As you have seen in movies, books, and articles, Anti-Valentine’s Day parties are becoming a big thing. When you’re single, you don’t want to be celebrating some holiday Hallmark made-up to boost sales. You don’t want to be out with all the lovebirds flying about, but who doesn’t love a great party? Let’s direct our focus on the positive side of being single and celebrate it! Just a quick reminder of how awesome it is to be single: we can flirt with whoever we want, we have time to work on ourselves, and most importantly, we can do whatever our little hearts’ desire. Being single is more like a gift to yourself, so let’s all say “screw it” to all the men who didn’t realize what a catch we are, to all the Valentine décor that remind us of our singular situation, and to all the couples who will be throwing it in our faces all day! Let’s get to partying, ladies!

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There are three areas to focus on for this party (or any party for that matter): the décor, the food and drinks, and our lovely guests.

Decor

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When it comes to décor, you can style it however you would like (because no one is there to tell you otherwise)! You can go super girly and make it like a womanly wonderland, or you can bring out the edgy, angry side and decorate with a “gothic glam” style. Use black accent pieces, empty birdcages (because of the love birds), and play the album “I Hate Valentine’s Day Party Music.” This album includes Every Rose Has It’s Thorns, Crimson and Clover, Time Of Your Life, etc. This is the perfect soundtrack for a party like this. The last, most essential item of décor is the Valentine’s Day piñata. You have to set aside a point during the party to get fired up with all your girlfriends and get all your anger out on a large decorated heart. You have no idea how much joy this is going to bring you.

Food and Drinks

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Now when it comes to food and drinks, you need snacks and alcohol in every direction you look. You ladies are celebrating an angry approach to Valentine’s Day; get creative with the drinks. Make drinks with bitters and have a whole selection of liquor, or go the easier, simpler route and just have a bunch of champagne with some fruit additives. Make sure you don’t just fill your guests stomachs with sweets like what you would normally do on Valentine’s Day. Make sure what you are giving out has some substance to it, especially if you ladies are going to be drinking a bit. With that being said, add in some cute cupcakes and desserts as well, because it’s still Valentine’s Day. The love between a girl and chocolate will never go away.

Your Girlfriends

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Last but not least, focus on your single ladies! Invite all the fearsome females! It doesn’t matter if four or fifty gals show up. Either way, you should feel like you’re in Sex and the City (drinking martinis and having fun). Remember, everyone is feeling about the same way, so just make sure you all have an overwhelmingly killer night! Happy Anti-Valentine’s Day, beautiful babes!

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