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Congrats on landing yourself a place! You must be feeling pretty excited. Getting your space ready to live and host in is a process, no doubt. Browse through some of our favourite picks, tips, and tricks and get ready to make the most of your new digs.

Colour 

Remember: how big or small your apartment feels isn’t completely dictated by square-footage. Your interior-deco choices can completely change the overall perception of space within a room. Find a colour palette you enjoy and place different shades strategically to guide the eye. Book a consultation with Sanctuary Paint & Décor and make Bobby Berk proud of your shade selection! 

Storage

If you’re struggling with storage or elbowroom, there are plenty of ways to Marie Kondo your way around it. Organization is key and when everything has its designated spot, mess is less likely to take over. Utilize the dead space under your bed to store your socks in baskets, install shelving units to display your books and records and keep your place clutter-free. Check out @apartmenttherapy for some creative storage ideas. 

Versatility

Versatility is key. Furniture that can serve multiple purposes is also friendly to your budget. If you want to be able to host friends and family visiting you, think about investing in a daybed. These chameleons can serve as a couch or lounging area during the day and transform into a comfortable sleeping arrangement at night without the need to completely rearrange your living room. 

Art

Get some prints on your wall and some art on your shelves. Ottawa is lucky to have a rich and diverse artist community that loves to share its work. Schedule an outing to an upcoming show or event and pick something up! Check out the famous Great Glebe Garage Sale on May 25th , you’ll find an array of vendors and artists and score some awesome pieces. 

Greenery

A great way to make your home feel livelier is to bring in some green and leafy friends. Flowers Talk Tivoli in Westboro can teach you all about which plants are right for your spot. Their knowledgeable staff will answer all your questions and give you the proper tools to keep your new cactus or bamboo plant alive and blooming. They even have classes and seminars, so bring a friend! 

Lighting

The right lighting and fixtures make all the difference. Zone Maison, located at 471 Sussex Drive, has a beautiful collection of unique lights and decorations that can help illuminate even the darkest of corners. Show off your own style and invest in furniture and pieces that will help you establish your roots. There’s an extensive array of Ottawa shops that can help you create your perfect sanctuary. Shop some of our favourites below for more ideas:

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