I won’t lie: Every single time I walk into the home goods section of an Anthropologie store, my immediate, incredibly visceral gut reaction is always, “PLEASE CAN I LIVE HERE? K THANKS BYE.” I am also always momentarily devastated when I remember that no, taking up residence inside an Anthrpologie likely won’t be possible; however, a jaunt through those delightful shelving units and fun little tchotchkes at least functions as a good reminder of all the quick and easy ways to make over your home that exist in the world. In fact, the third episode of Bustle’s Adulting series has plenty of ideas — none of which, y’know, encourage you to bankrupt yourself by buying an entire store just so you can live in it.
(File that one under “Ways I Know I’m Actually A Real, Live Grownup.”)
There are, of course, countless ways to approach the home decor conundrum, from the scientific route (hi there, color theory!) to the somewhat more nebulous ones (welcome to the party, feng shui!). Ultimately, though, what it all comes down to is… yourself. (Surprise!) What kind of environments do you feel the most relaxed in? What things make you the happiest? Build that kind of environment with those kinds of things, and no matter what “theory” they may or may not follow, you know you’ll have a home that’s uniquely you. And that’s really all that matters, right? That you enjoy your own personal space? Yeah. I think so, too. Home is where the heart is, after all.
Check out eight fast, simple, and — perhaps most importantly — affordable ways to spruce up your space below. Happy decorating!