Having a new apartment gives you an opportunity to decorate and add personal touches to your new place that will take it from just an apartment to a place you can happily call home. I recently found a new apartment and have consulted Pinterest (it never fails me), Instagram and few home decor websites and blogs for inspiration and ideas. Unfortunately, most of the decor ideas I found come with hefty price tags. Thankfully, there are budget-friendly ways to recreate them and below, I will share with you some of the ideas I intend to use for my new place.

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1. Do It Yourself – I visited a friend in Brooklyn over the weekend and was amazed when she confirmed she made most of her decors herself. She had these beautiful curtains and upholstered headboard she made. Doing this herself did not only save her money but she was able to make exactly what she wanted for her apartment. Tip: learn how to sew!

2. Ask family and friends for help – Instead of hiring an expert that you may not have the budget for ask your family and friends to help put a spin on your decorating project. They can help you assemble furnitures or drill holes for your wall art. Just make sure you buy or cook them food.

3. Frame illustrations from your favorite magazines – Do you love fashion but can’t afford to buy a fashion art for your new space? Flip through your favorite fashion magazines and cut pages out neatly and put into a blank frame.

4. Use wine bottles to display jewelry – Instead of throwing away your empty wine bottles, put them to good use displaying your favorite jewelries atop your dresser. This is cheap and very easy!

5. Shop secondhand and bargain stores – Garage sales, thrift stores, consignment shops, eBay, etsy, flea markets, HomeGoods and Craigslist offer big discounts on home decor and accents.

Do you love budget decor? Please share in the comment section below ideas and ways you’ve decorated on a budget.

Image source: Jennifer Kathryn Photography via The Everygirl