Make some room in your studio apartment

Let’s face it, studio apartments are tough to work with. How can you separate one big room into many separate areas? Doesn’t it always just end up feeling like the same big ol’ bedroom?

Well here are some suggestions to turn your living space into living SPACES. Don’t get stuck inviting everyone to your home, or should you introduce it as , eh, your bedroom?

First off, do you have a little crevice, nook, or indent you could hide your bed in?

Perfect, an easy fix!

Even if it sticks out slightly, it will still leave the bed more hidden. Use a curtain to hide you bed, and you can even make it more homey with pictures, a mirror, or as shown- a decorative ceiling light

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Another easy fix to your space woes is a large cabinet or cupboard against your bed, to act as a wall. This wall will give you the illusion of separation between the bed and the rest of the space you are in 

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Voila! A studio turned 1 bed 1 bath mansion!

The last, easiest fix are space separators, or room dividers. Most people use these to separate out their spaces

You can find some cute room separators here and room dividers here

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Have some more ideas? 

How did you separate out your studio apartment?

Comment and let us know!

-The Nesters

Cheap, crafty, and trendy decorations for a designer on a budget

Are you trying to decorate your space with some trendy additions?

If you have ever walked into Crate &Barrel or Pier 1, you know that a little style retouching will cost quite a chunk of change.

Why not thrift your way to fabulous space?

       Colored vases add a great touch to your home.  A small display with a few vases and an ornate statue are a great accent that can give your hallway, living room, or bedroom a new feel.

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Vases & apothecary jars run anywhere from $20 – $200 dollars!

Check out this $35 tall vase

Which you can find for $3 !

To jazz it up, you can easily make your own colorful vase

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Start of by buying the vases you like. You can find these at dollar stores as well online discount flower shops providers.

Here are some nifty vases that are dirt cheap to buy : Tall Rectangle Vase , Apothecary VaseSquare Vase , Very Tall Skinny Vase , Bubble Vase , Decorative Shape Vase , Bubble Small-Neck Vase , Cylinder Vase

Next, pick up some acrylic paint at a local Jo-Ann’s, Michaels, or maybe even the dollar store you are at

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Start by mixing the color you want. Many stores will have cheap acrylic paints in basic colors (i.e. Blue Yellow Red and White)

Our 2nd grade teachers taught us that we could make virtually any color we want with these!

The trick to this look is to paint the INSIDE of the vase. Painting the inside will give it that professional Pier 1 Imports look, as opposed to a fourth grade arts and crafts project.

Here, we are going for a cool light blue by mixing a tad of blue into a big blob of white.

When you are mixing colors, you want to start with white and mix into it. Do not start with blue and mix in white- you will end up using all your white paint just trying to lighten up the blue. Instead – start with white and mix in a tad of the darker color. You can mix in more as you go to darken it.

Also- mix ALL the paint you need. You do not want to run out of paint and have 3 vases are 3 slightly different colors of light blue.

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So once you have your color – drip it into the bottom of the vase as shown. Drag the paint upwards with your brush delicately. You don’t want streaks showing

If you are feeling adventurous- you could paint a few streaks of a darker or lighter color on the inside and let that dry, before you drip the main paint color into the bottom

You could also mix your paint VERY lightly so that you will have sporadic white and darker blue appearances on the inside of your vase instead of one solid color

Let this dry. If you think the color is see through or not solid all the way through (cheaper acrylic paint could have that effect). You can paint the vase twice!

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Voila – chic and trendy for a few bucks!

Enjoyed the crafting? Have some ideas us?

Comment below!

-The Nesters

Light up your nest with some new decorative additions!

A small touch goes a long way in a small space! Jazz up the entrance into your home by adding two decorative lights to your ensemble.

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First, look for a long skinny table you can fit along a wall or behind a couch. Since apartment spaces are usually on the smaller side, you want the table as skinny as possible so it fits snugly against the wall or sofa.

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Keep it in an open space, a wall you may have that doesn’t have much along it.

Adding a mirror above the table also makes your space appear larger and better lit. Candles in decorative vases are also a great addition

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Add some baskets under for extra storage space for magazines or even shoes if you place the table near a door or hall

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Find two matching lamps that have a chic decor about them. This will add character to you space, so you want the lamps to match the style you have decorated your home with

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Enjoyed the advice? Have some more for us?

Comment below!

We would love to know how you feathered your nest into a homey chic space

-The Nesters

Save Energy & Stay Toasty

If you’re living DC, you may have noticed that temperatures have begun to drop and it’s getting a little chilly. Cold weather can get pretty energy intensive (ie. expensive) this time of year, but don’t let that get you down! Grab a cup of cocoa and check out these innovative ways to stay toasty this winter.

1) Lower your thermostat at night – For every degree you lower the temperature of your home, you save about 3% on your electric bill! Cooler nighttime temperatures allows you to save energy and also gives you an excuse to cuddle up with your favorite blankets!

2) Open your curtains- Letting daylight in is a guaranteed way to trap heat in your home, so open up your shades and enjoy the sunshine!

3) Use energy saving light bulbs – It’s no secret that during the winter it gets darker earlier. This means that we use more artificial light during our waking hours. By switching out regular light bulbs to energy saving bulbs you can save on your electric bill (these light bulbs also last a lot longer than regular ones)!

4) Light candles – Candles are an easy, and cheap way to add extra heat to a room. (Not to mention they make your home look more inviting!)

5) Invite company over – Each guest you invite over is equal to a 175 watt heating lamp! As if you needed another excuse to entertain this season!

If you’re looking for additional (and more conventional) ways to keep your home safe and warm this winter, you should also check out one of our latest Nestletters by clicking here! If you have a favorite tip, let us know here or on our twitter (@NestDC)! Happy Nesting!

5 Easy Ways to Make Your Apartment Feel Bigger

Let’s face it, city life can get a little… cramped. Studio apartments and tiny one-bedrooms aren’t exactly the ideal place if you’re looking for space. But just because you don’t have space doesn’t mean you can’t make your apartment look and feel big! Follow these five easy Nest Tips to transform your home from small to spacious.

1) The Light Colors are the Right Colors – When you want to make your home feel bigger it’s important not to weigh it down with darker colors. To make any room look larger, use light colors on the walls to make it feel more open. If you’re really set on using dark colors on the wall, then try painting just one accent wall the darker color and keeping the others a lighter neutral.

2) Organize! – Get creative with storage ideas! Use a chest as a side table, use your bookcase for more than just books, and utilize under-the-bed storage solutions. (The Container Store is your friend!) An organized space translates visually as a larger space, so clear that clutter!

3) Check Your Reflection – It’s no secret that mirrors make any space look bigger. Hang a mirror across from a focal point in your room to create depth, or hang one across from your windows to reflect light. The result? Instant space!

4) Out with the Old. In with the Glass! – What textures and surfaces you use in your home can help to create the illusion of space. Glass coffee tables or floating shelves are ideal for making small spaces look big because they’re translucent and reflect sunlight!

5) Open Those Curtains! – Natural light makes any small space look larger, so open up those windows and let the sunshine in!

If you follow these steps you’ll be sure to make your home feel bigger and better in no time! Do you have any other tips that have worked to make your home feel larger? We’d love to hear them in the comments or tweet us @NestDC #NestTips! Happy nesting!

Frighteningly Fun Halloween Decorations!

If you love Halloween half as much as we at Nest-DC do, then you’ll be looking to celebrate this spooktacular holiday with style this weekend! Here are a few fun tips to get your nest looking its Halloween best!

First thing’s first, if you’re going to be celebrating Halloween you’re going to need a Jack-O-Lantern! If this is your first time making one, then check out this guide for pumpkin carving beginners! If you live in the DC area and are looking for a place to pick your own pumpkin, pay a visit to Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch (it’s only an hour outside of the city)! Once you get started with your pumpkin, don’t be afraid to get creative! I especially like the pumpkins pictured below with fancy fangs! For another fun pumpkin idea consider making glitter pumpkins! These pumpkins can make excellent centerpieces for your tables (for a video tutorial on this craft click here)!

Now that's a Halloween tradition dentists can approve of!

Other ways to get your home in the Halloween spirit is by hanging up fake spider webs (you can usually find these at a convenience store), strings of lantern lights like these, or making an assortment of  expressive “jar-o-lanterns“. You can also cut out the silhouettes of  these paper mice, and scatter them across your stairs! If you’re inviting people over this weekend serve them some Halloween punch from a cauldron or some delicious caramel apples!

There are endless ways to make your home feel festive and fun this Halloweekend! Tweet us your Halloween decoration ideas (@NestDC) or leave them in the comments section below! Whatever your plans may be, we hope you have a fang-tastic Halloween!