Roughly two years ago, I moved into my very first apartment
. Granted, it was (and still is) a teeny tiny studio, I was fairly overwhelmed when it came to the act of actually furnishing it. I'll admit, part of the reason for this was the fact that I like to take my sweet time when making decisions of that sort, the other was the result of working for Domino
—a shortage of design inspiration is not something I ever really have to worry about. Before settling on a decorative aesthetic (i.e. investing in pieces I would be okay living with for the foreseeable future) I did what any first-time renter should do, I turned to Ikea.
Now, we can totally recognize the fact that stepping inside the winding aisles of Ikea—tasked with the challenge of having to fill an empty apartment—can be a relatively daunting one. Sticking to the essentials is key here—remember, you're stocking up on the bare necessities. And as the Swedish retailer is known for their relatively affordable yet style-focused approach to design, I knew I would find exactly what I needed.
Read on to get the scoop on everything I bought (and have since kept!) for my first apartment.