First Apartment: Recent College Grad Edition

June 4, 2015

Today we welcome a very special guest on the blog! Introducing Sadie Bonang, one of Hannah’s dearest friends and cousin, as well as recent college graduate from Emerson College. Sadie lives with her girlfriend Sarah and their cat Lumi (short for Lumiere) in a cute little apartment in Maine. We are drawn the most to how well Sadie has turned her space into a home in just a few short months. If you’re in need of some apartment inspiration or are a first time renter, grab a pen & paper and take note! Sadie has done a wonderful job styling her place.

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Occupation? I’m a waitress at Gritty McDuff’s Micro Brewery and Pub.

Interests? I love playing the mandolin and painting with watercolors.

Favorite stores? Three of my favorite stores would probably be Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, and H&M.

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Let’s talk about your home! Do you own or rent, and how long have you been living in your current place? I found this place only after two days of looking and after viewing it I had the keys two days later, it was that perfect (the claw foot tub and exposed brick in the kitchen helped too!) I’m renting my home right now and I’ve been living here for 4 months.bathroomfirstapartment bathroom

What advice do you have for recent college grads looking to buy and decorate their first apartment? Don’t get everything at one place! the shopping part is so fun and there are always interesting apartment items that will jump out at you when you don’t expect it. Taking your time to decorate and organize will help you figure out what kind of living style fits you best. Also, not everything needs to be purchased now. Remembering that I’ll have to pack and move out again helps me not overdo it. Finally, don’t always judge an apartment by its craigslist picture (even though sometimes you have to), my current apartment didn’t have three of my favorite aspects of it listed or pictured online, I had to go and view the place just to discover they were there.

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What was the biggest design challenge you faced in decorating your home, and how did you overcome it? The biggest challenge was probably were to fit the bed so it wasn’t blocking a door, a window, or electrical outlets. We ended up putting the bed kitty-cornered from one of the corners in the room. The flaws with this is that it takes up a lot of open space in the room and there’s a decent empty chunk behind the bed where the corner is. To remedy these issues, we put a large area rug on the floor to create depth, removed any foot-of-the-bed furniture (such as a trunk), and we didn’t use a footboard. We also added more decorative touches around the headboard to make up for the empty space behind it.


What home items are important to invest in? I think it’s important to invest in things that make you comfortable such as sheets, pillows, and towels. Spending a little more on those things will make a big difference. I’d recommend saving on kitchen items such as dishes and cookware for your first apartment because a lot of it doesn’t end up getting used and its a lot to pack once you move again. I made it through my first two apartments without ever getting a microwave! Also, things like mugs, plates, and cups can be fun to thrift and purchase cheaply and eclectically.

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How long did it take for your home to look the way that it does now? It certainly took a few months for everything to come together and look the way I want it to. The couch has taken on about three different spots in the living room so far haha.

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Where would you like to see yourself in five years? I’ll definitely be living in another apartment, but I’m just not sure whether I want it to be in Los Angeles, Maine, or somewhere in between.


 Thank you Sadie for welcoming us into your space!! xx


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