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Give Your Apartment A Lift, Without Upsetting Your Landlords!

Because no one wants to get on the landlord’s bad side!

Ahh, apartment living!  Sure, it has it’s benefits, like if your washing machine breaks down, you don’t have to pay for a new one, but you want to hang some nice pieces of art around the place? Now that’s a bit of a problem.  Depending on how sound your landlords are, giving your apartment or rented accommodation a bit of a face-lift can be a painful process.

While most of us are stuck with that springy couch from the ’70s and those horrendously painted walls, there are a couple of things you can do to give the place a lift, that won’t upset your landlords.  Starting with your couch, chances are you won’t be able to get rid of the one you have, or won’t be able to store it, so instead, spruce it up with some soft furnishings in the form of cushions and blankets.

Ideal Home Aztec Tassel Cushion, €19.99
Ideal Home Aztec Tassel Cushion, €19.99
Ideal Home Aztec Pom-pom Cushion, €19.99
Ideal Home Aztec Pom-pom Cushion, €19.99

Different prints, colours and textures will give it a sense of depth, and make it super inviting.  Apart from our bed, we probably spend the majority of time at home on the couch, so make it one that you really look forward to settling into.

Which leads us nicely to our bed.  If you’ve been cursed with a lumpy mattress and no option to get rid, then invest in a really good mattress topper.  It may feel like a lot to shell out for in one go, but trust us, this is the difference between an amazing night’s sleep, and well, a terrible night’s sleep, and you can’t put a price on that, right?  While you’re at it, treat yourself to some super soft, stunning duvet covers, because, why not?!

Silentnight Impress 7 cm Memory Foam Mattress Topper, €178.00 to €258.00
Silentnight Impress 7 cm Memory Foam Mattress Topper, €178.00 to €258.00
Catherine Lansfield Stag Duvet Cover Set in Ochre, €27.00 to €35.00
Catherine Lansfield Stag Duvet Cover Set in Ochre, €27.00 to €35.00

If you’ve moved from apartment to apartment, then chances are you’ll have a mish-mash of delph and glasses that you’ve somehow collected along the way.  From a press full of random pint glasses, pilfered from the pub over the years, to the assortment of patterned plates, you accumulated from your aunt dropping over a hot meal while you were a broke student.  We say, it’s time for a cupboard clear-out, and invest in some good matching delph.  And don’t forget about some good, matching wine glasses.  Because nothing makes us feel more at home than a nice glass of wine!

Ideal Home Blue Artisan 12-Piece Dinner Set, €38.99
Ideal Home Blue Artisan 12-Piece Dinner Set, €38.99
Ideal Home Gold Ombre Glasses – 6-piece Set, €57.99
Ideal Home Gold Ombre Glasses – 6-piece Set, €57.99

Got some terrible flooring that you can’t stand the sight of?  No problem!  Get yourself some good-quality rugs and you’ll forget all about that unsightly lino underneath.

Ideal Home Oceanic Jute Flatweave Rug, €139.99 to €224.99
Ideal Home Oceanic Jute Flatweave Rug, €139.99 to €224.99

While we don’t recommend hanging up your own artwork without the permission of your landlord, that doesn’t mean you can’t get creative with some cool prints and frames.  Have you got a mantle piece or sideboard that you could prop a frame up on?  Play around with a couple of different areas in your living and bedroom, you’d be surprised at how many different places there are to decorate.

Ideal Home Glam Home Sweet Home Framed Wall Art, €42.99
Ideal Home Glam Home Sweet Home Framed Wall Art, €42.99

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Fiona Hyland

Fiona loves nothing more than discovering new cities, brunch on Sundays, and a good documentary. If you don't find her cooking up a storm in the kitchen, you'll find her in an interiors store, feeding her very real blanket addiction.

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