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How to make a house a home?
For New Yorkers that can be challenging at times since most people move 3-4 times in a matter of a few years. We hang pictures on the walls, buy new throw pillows to try and liven up the space, but we are always limited to what we can really do. Painting a room is either too big of a pain or is not allowed in our lease. So as a solution to this I decided to go with a more temporary idea that adds a lot of character to a space.
I always wanted to put up wall paper, but it's not possible when you are renting an apartment. So instead, I decided to try wrapping paper! One of my favorite stores in the city, The Paper Source, sells a wide variety of different paper that is truly unique. They also carry a wide variety of stationery, stamps, personalized invitations and other various odds and ends. I have done this idea in two apartments, and I love it. It's quick and easy, and if you get tired of it, you can always change it to something new.
Some helpful tips:
- Measure your wall space before you purchase your paper! The last thing you want to do is get half way through your project and realize you don't have enough to finish
- Use flat tacks that blend in with the paper. We used about 6-8 on each sheet of paper as to keep it from bubbling up.
- Make sure to smooth the paper flat when you put the tacks in. Most older apartment walls are uneven, so they might be off in some places. I suggest using washi tape to border the molding as to hide any unevenness or flaws you may have encountered.
- Try not to pick paper with a border. The pattern will not flow as nicely and it will appear choppy.