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Sharing an Apartment: Roommate Agreements

One of the best ways to share your apartment peacefully is for you and your new roommate to put together a Roommate Agreement. This agreement can be as formal or informal as you want, as long as you both agree to the terms presented. Both parties (or more if you share your space with 2 or more people) should sign the agreement, promising to uphold the issues presented. You and your roommate should sit down and take some time to address the issues that below and write up your agreement according to the specifications of your living space, as well as your personal preferences.

In the long run having this agreement as a reminder of each of your responsibilities will ease tension when disagreements happen. All childishness and drama will be set aside, and you and your roommate will live together peacefully…and have fun too!

The following are some things to consider when forming your Roommate Agreement:

  • Expenses.  This for many is the hardest issue, but once things are made clear as to who is responsible to pay for what life together will be easier. With respect for each other decide on the rent payment division, food and grocery expenses, and any subsequent utility expenses such as electricity, garbage pick up, or parking.
  • Storage Spaces.  If your apartment, like many, is limited to closet and cabinet space, thoughtful division for personal items will be helpful. Examine all the storage areas together and agree to who will use what space. Keep the space division as equal as possible. This includes kitchen cabinets, refrigerator shelf space, bathroom cabinets, closets, and the entertainment center if you have one, and any built-in shelving.
  • Space of Apartment in General. Consider what areas of the apartment are shared, like kitchen, living room, and bathroom, and what areas are considered private space, such as your bedroom. Agree to how each of you will approach the others’ private space and adhere to this agreement.
  • Personal Items. It is most important to consider what items are to be shared and what items are to be kept for individual personal use. Decide how all food items will be shared and be respectful. If one of you has dietary issues this could be very important. Also make agreements on other personal items like shampoos, towel usage, and other grooming essentials like blow dryer use. Apply labels to items that are personal so there is no confusion.
  • Cleanliness. If both of you are neat freaks I see no problems! But, as with normal living, not all of us are neat 100% of the time. Make an agreement to keep the place looking neat by not leaving unnecessary items around the shared spaces, like clothing, used dishes, ashtrays, magazines, etc. Also, and most importantly, make a chore list for each of your weekly responsibilities to keep the apartment clean. These chores can be rotated weekly or to your own preferences. In this way each of you will be clear on who is responsible for what and held accountable. Post the list in the kitchen area, or somewhere visible as a reminder to get things done.
  • Noise issues.  Make rules to acceptable noise levels for certain times of day. If you or your roommate is a musician, make agreements to when and where you will each practice your instrument and at what times of day so as not to inconvenience the other. Other things to consider are music playing and TV watching and the volume used for each.
  • Parties and Overnight guests.  Another thing to consider is when and how often each of you will have overnight guests or parties.  Set agreeable limits.  Decide on how much notice needs to be given to your roommate when planning a party or having someone stay over. It’s no fun to wake up and make your way half naked to the kitchen for coffee, only to find some strange guy sitting there. Be sure to inform your roommate beforehand when having someone over. This way no surprises or problems will arise. Planning to have a party together will be tons of fun and with each of you informed properly, with enough time to make arrangements for it or otherwise, this will keep the occasion from getting ruined with a disagreement.

Hope you found some of these suggestions interesting and useful. If you are already sharing an apartment, there is no reason not to incorporate a Roommate Agreement into your present arrangement. This will inevitably help to remove potential conflicts.  Thanks for reading.

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For Spring: Lavender Color Decor for Your Apartment

This spring the soft touches of lavender or violet are everywhere: in clothing, cosmetics, and apartment and house decor as well. Love the quiet feeling of this whisper lavender bedroom found at Hooked on Houses.

Lavender romance in this living room space, easy to achieve in your Doylestown apartment.

Lavender bedroom chair would look great anywhere in your Doylestown apartment. Image from Eclectic Revisited.

Adding some lavender color to your kitchen makes quite a statement. Image from Attic Mag.

Lavender Bathroom from 50 Favorite Bathrooms at My Home Ideas.

Oh, to open your window and smell this…and what a view as well!

Lastly…couldn’t resist this one on the dark side of lavender…

…a Chesterfield tufted velvet sofa in purple….quite a statement in glamour and design…from Eclectic Revisited.

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Book Lovers, Unique Shelf Ideas for Your Apartment

As an avid book lover I once had my apartment covered in shelves, walls of shelves to store all my literary finds. (I still visit the local library’s book sale each year!) After a few years I had quite a collection and my shelves filled up. Perhaps you face the same dilemma with your own collection in your Doylestown apartment. If so, I’ve found some great creative options that I wish I’d tried in my own space, like this very unique rotating Helical Shelf unit from City Joinery.  It’s an expensive buy, but what a creative way to divide a room, or situate a shelf in a corner if you have limited space. The unit rotates so you have access to all sides and levels. It can also be adjusted to any ceiling height. Great in an office too! Custom options. Starting at $4300.  Image from City Joinery website.

Another bright idea: enclosed bookshelves in white finish. Doors keep books from getting too dusty. Found at Apartment Therapy.

Bookshelves that attach directly to the wall seem to float in space. Be sure to check with your Doylestown apartment landlord for the okay to screw these shelves into the walls.  They make quite a design statement. Creative bookends will add a nice touch. These shelves, found at Design to Inspire, have built in ends to hold books in space. Placing a shelf above the doorway to store lesser used books is a wonderful way to display them as art.

Finally….one can dream…

This amazing spiral staircase with integrated bookshelves I just had to share. Of course I realize this is hardly a design option for your Doylestown apartment, but I simply had to share.  The staircase was built into the former home of Portuguese philosopher and poet Antero de Quental. The building is now used as a literary center, with this incredible architecture as its centerpiece. More info at Dezeen.

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Country Kitchen Design

My love for the country style kitchen knows no bounds…Unique ideas for creating a comfy, welcoming country space can be found all over.  Implementing a few creative decor features can change up a dull kitchen and bring it to life.  Keeping it simple, as always, is key.  Using fresh pale colors, like this House of Turquoise country kitchen, makes this space feel clean and at ease all the time.

Country kitchen ideas can be found at Kitchen Building. Wondering about that opening in the floor….to a root cellar?  Wine cellar?  Dungeon?

This lovely Spanish influenced country kitchen design has warmth and depth. Love the simple accessory arrangements and easy access doors and drawers for cooking.  Arch Things.com

Not to forget the country table highlights…This country star pattern is feminine and stylish.  Check out Country Porch for more country decorative pieces.

The country style is more popular now than ever.  We see a surge in French country living designs for their homey and comfortable feel as well as the elegance it brings to any apartment or home.

Short on cabinet space?  This Elle Decor solution with a country-style flare…rough hued wooden shelf unit stacked with all your readily available dishware.  The spot for the microwave is a nice touch also.  This is a nice, creative way to show off your stylish dish collection, as if they were artwork.  Fascinating…

Lastly, such a cool apartment decorative idea in this fresh French country kitchen design…Large cut-out letters, painted in a contrasting hue, spelling out a kitchen-y words such as this sample.  Love the simple retro accessories on counter.

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Bucks County Tavern Featured On Food Network Monday Night (via CBS Philly)

The fabulous Pineville Tavern in Bucks County Pa will be featured tonight on The Food Network….

WRIGHTSTOWN, Pa (CBS) – A Bucks County tavern, which has been popular with locals for decades, is making its national television debut Monday night on the Food Network. The Pineville Tavern is located just off of Route 413 in Wrightstown. Drew Abbruzzese, executive chef, says his family bought the tavern in 1989, but the building has a long history. “The original building has been here since 1742. It has operated as many different things from a f … Read More

via CBS Philly

The Arts in Doylestown PA

If you leave your Doylestown apartments and drive around you cannot miss this building because, well, it’s a castle!  The Mercer Museum and the Fonthill Museum are creations of Henry C. Mercer (1856-1930) and his creative vision is kept intact by The Bucks County Historical Society.  At the museum you can view collections from American daily life preserved with great care, ranging from hand tools to horse-drawn carriages.  The six-story concrete castle was erected by Mercer in 1916. Each level of rooms houses its own unique perspective of exhibits, with small alcoves for small exhibits all arranged according to Mercer’s illuminating classifications such as: healing arts, tinsmithing, dairying, illumination, etc.  Visitors will view objects in a new way. Before heading back to your Doylestown apartment, be sure to check out the Fonthill, Henry C. Mercer’s home that was built in 1910 which houses Mercer’s famed Moravian tiles produced during the American Arts & Crafts Movement.  The Mercer Museum is located at 84 Pine Street in Doylestown, Pa.Come to Me All Ye that Are Heavy Laden, oil on canvas, William Schwartz The Michener Art Museum has been called the Art and Soul of Bucks County, Pa.  When venturing out of your Doylestown apartment to view some art be sure to visit this museum located on South Pine Street.  This museum offers exhibits, events and programs for all ages, as well as creative art classes for families and children.  A museum shop is featured and volunteer opportunities are available.  Check out their website for more information. Present exhibits include an American Icons photography collection, artist Si Lewen, and abstract painting exhibits.  Artwork above: William Schwartz, oil on canvas, “Come to Me All Ye That Are Heavy Laden.”

If you’re not the big museum type, when you head out of your Doylestown apartment you have many other options and The Chapman Gallery on East State Street is perfect.  Founded in 1989, the gallery specializes in original artwork and fine prints by Bucks County area artists. The galley exhibits oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, and pottery.  They also buy and sell past Pennsylvania Impressionist and New Hope Impressionist paintings.

print by Daniel Garber

The Gallery offers custom framing and restoration of oil paintings, watercolors, and antique picture frames.

The highly informed staff will help you when you venture out of your Doylestown apartment and visit the Chapman Gallery.

For more information check out their website.

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A Unique Place to Shop

You can find so many unique places online to make decorating you new Doylestown apartment a breeze, and Pacific Connections is one of the most original.  Founded in 1994, this company offers modern and exclusive lacquer finished accessories and furniture to make your Doylestown apartment stand out.  Explore some of the finds below and visit for more colors and styles in each presented here.  Enjoy…

Mondrian Coffee Table

Paris Pink and Brown Lacquer Box Collection

Color "Birds" Design Bath Accessory Set by Robert Schneider

White Cube Flower Vase

Jade Lamp with Black Lacquer Base

Tray in Black Lacquer with Purple Tulipwood Inlay

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Rust Revelation

Consider the color rust when designing the interior of your Doylestown apartment….it is quite different, adds warmth, and subtle inspiration.

…my favorite piece, the  Rusty Scroll ottoman from Spacify….inspiration for this post…

….adding a throw or some pillows in rust can really highlight a bland room….

…..love the color combination here…almost anything is possible…

…rust objects d’art….from Colour Lovers….

….soft and pretty…rust, gold and taupe together…

….a combo of red, orange, and yellow pillows spill into rust…

Just adding a touch of rust color to any room in your Doylestown apartment is worth trying.  Rust goes with white, sage, beige and brown tones, and can add a hot reflection on black furniture.  Hope you find some of these images inspiring for your apartment in Doylestown.

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Romantic Room Design

With Valentine’s Day approaching, I’ve got the bug to find romance in decor…and some ideas can easily be incorporated into your Doylestown apartment.  Finding an antique mirror like this one for the bedroom adds instant romance…

Taking some romance ideas from this living room and adding them to your Doylestown apartment space can be easily done. A soft white sofa with changeable cover and toss pillows and candlesticks on the coffee table add romance. Another mirror, over fireplace, adds interest.

Instant romance: A canopy bed, soft shades of rose, creative patterns, a crystal chandelier, and gilded frames.  Consider some of these ideas when decorating your Doylestown apartment.

We cannot forget dining in your Doylestown apartment. Soft throws over chairs and double table cloths add instant grace and flow. The peachy tones we think are, well…just peachy.

We can’t forget kitchens!  Is there such a thing as a romantic kitchen? Well, this one suits me.  Adding warm tones to your Doylestown apartment kitchen can bring some romance to an otherwise utility area. Adding warm-colored vases or canisters are a nice touch to counters.

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Modern Iron Beds

One of my favorite furniture ideas for the bedroom is a iron bed.  This wonderful addition adds romance to any bedroom lacking it, and a bit of artistic whimsy, depending on choice of design. I tend to like spirals or swirls in the iron like above.

Here, the Indus Bed by Wesley Allen adds a breath-taking view.  Bed can be found at Humble Abode.

This Waterford Bed with canopy features a  more bronze tone to the iron.  The bed can be found Antique Iron Beds.com.

This room fascinates me. Great ideas here…and the spirals….did I mention my love for spirals??

Add fantasy to any room with this design.  This may not be iron, but I couldn’t resist.  Found it on TrendsZine.