An Interview with Kristi Swartz
What is your favorite thing in your apartment?
My favorite thing in my apartment is probably my Starbucks sign. I bought it at a yard sale for a dollar, and now Starbucks has changed to a new logo - so it's historical! I think it looks pretty cool near my coffee machine.
If you had to describe your apartment in one word,
what would it be?
If I had to describe my apartment in one word it would be, "green!" Green is my favorite color and my apartment really reflects that. I think it's important to surround yourself with things you like!
Is your style affordable?
My style is definitely affordable. Most of the décor in my apartment is either homemade or from yard sales and flea markets. One of my favorite things to do is buy things cheaply and repurpose them. There's a mirror in my kitchen that was a dollar at the Christmas Tree Shop, and you could definitely tell why it was on clearance. To hide the ugly shade of yellow plastic that bordered the mirror, I took some Mod Podge (you can find it at Blick or other craft stores) and decoupaged the border with some gold ribbon I had lying around. Now it looks really expensive!
Any last tips for students trying to make their room a home away from home?
If I had one piece of advice for students trying to make their ResHall room a home away from home it would be to get creative. You don't have to spend a ton of money to have a really cool space. Always be on the lookout for things that could make cool accents in your room, you never know when inspiration will strike.
Some thrifty tips:
Instead of buying a poster, use those CampusPrints and make your own: try http://www.blockposters.com It's a website where you can upload any picture and it will turn it into a downloadable PDF. The website blows up the image and spreads it onto several sheets so you can
print it out, cut it up, and tape it together!
If you're not really feeling your comforter's pattern anymore, instead of buying a completely new one, try looking into duvet covers. They slip right over your current comforter, and are often cheaper than buying a whole new one.
Kristi Swartz is the RD for Morse Hall