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Banish Bare Walls: A Guide to Affordable Art

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So far, it seems like the only constant as a twenty-something in New York City has been change: namely, changing apartments. In the course of my three years living under Bloomberg’s reign, I’ve moved three times. Now I’m proud to say I just signed a two-year lease in a great new neighborhood (I know! Two whole years!). Suddenly, adorning my walls with old Christmas cards and taped-up Polaroids isn’t going to cut it anymore.

For the next chapter of my adult life, I want to start creating a real home. Which is why I perked up when read this Guide post by the resourceful gents of Birchbox Man. They’re giving insider tips on how to score great wall art for your apartment at non-frightening prices. (Nesting instinct: activated!) And if the prospect of opening a 401k still sounds like a distant dream, have no fear. It’s possible to spruce up your walls without having to refinance your student loans.

Just keep reading for some decorating inspiration.      

—Amary 

Not familiar with Birchbox Man? Head on over to the Guide for even more style and brilliance.

(Photo: moma.org)

The 8 Best Plant Picks For An Urbanite: Guest Blogger

We’ve avoided houseplants in the past (NYC apartments are crammed enough as is), but The Sill is changing the way that we buy and display greenery. The start-up specializes in appropriately city-size (read: small) succulents and plants. In honor of our recently launched Birchbox Home: From the Garden collection, we asked Eliza, the company’s founder, and Erin, the social media manager, to bring their plant know-how to our blog. 

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Think your teeny tiny apartment and brown thumb can’t handle a houseplant? Think again! Whether you live in the basement or the penthouse, with a curious Fido or a rambunctious toddler, there is a little green fellow out there who will help make your house a home. Here are our top eight plant picks for the modern urbanite:

1. You have large windows, which let in a lot of natural light.

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Our top pick: Succulent

  • Light: Bright
  • Water: Every 1 to 2 weeks
  • Humidity: Average
  • Temperature: Average 

A succulent is great choice for an apartment that tends to be dry. Conditioned for arid climates, a succulent can otherwise tolerate being hot or cold, however, it does have a preference for bright light. You’re a great candidate for a succulent if you have windows that face east or south. 

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