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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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Feeling Green…

With spring just around the corner…we think…we are feeling green today and have found some cool ideas for your Bethlehem apartment.  With snow still on the ground in Pennsylvania, this may be a refreshing change of view. We hope so…Love this hip modern living room with lime green walls and accent pieces.  The pillows are gorgeous, and the chairs quite chic.  Found at Lime Light Interiors.ca.

Donna Karan’s  Floral Valley Bedding collection is just right or a green touch to your Bethlehem apartment bedroom.

We find this sage green kitchen refreshing and soothing.  Note the palm plant near the window which adds interest and highlights the empty space. Take some of the hints here to highlight your own kitchen in your Bethlehem apartment.

A clock is always essential in your living space and this smart green find we think is precious…for good reason.  We found this Green dots wall wooden wall clock at The Frog and the Princess….it may be kids stuff, but who will know if they find this in your Bethlehem apartment.

Okay, so I couldn’t resist this one. Having once lived in an apartment that was in an older house, we had antique glass door knobs like these on all the doors, though they were clear white glass.  Found these green depression glass handles at Remodelista.com.

The bathroom is perhaps the coolest place to add a touch of green. Green is a relaxing color, soothes emotions, and steadies heart rhythms.  Green is the color of the heart chakra center. Decorating your Bethlehem apartment bathroom with accessories that feature some green tones, like these from DKNY, will give a subtle hint of this relaxing color.

We love the soft green colors in this Tiffany-style lamp.  The one sitting on my desk right now has the same base. We found this beauty for your Bethlehem apartment at Glassical.com.Artwork is always the final touch to your new apartment.  This green-toned oil on canvas is called Green Agave by Rhonda Raulston.  This would be a nice final touch to any open wall space in your Bethlehem apartment.

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Black and White

The simplicity of black and white make living in your Easton apartment a breeze. Monochrome colors always look fresh, never go out of style and have a masculine as well as feminine feel.  This bedroom may be very modern for your Easton apartment, the color scheme ideas here are priceless.  Found this at Evinao Design.

Add a hint of color to a black and white living room.  We love the mantle features and the mirrored coffee table that set off this room.  Note the black plates arranged on the black wall.  And of course, the chandelier.

Highlight any area of your Easton apartment with a black vase. This decor gem, placed on a white or glass table would look fantastic.

Black and white pillows from 2 Nuts in a Shell. You can make these yourself with instructions on the website.

Bathroom and American Chateau bath accessories.

American Chateau silver and black placemats would look great in your Easton apartment, especially with these on board:

Love the shape of these black Tuxedo dishes from Simply Smart Living.

And why not feature some great black and white photography on your Easton apartment walls.  This timeless Robert Doisneau portrait called The Kiss, can be found at Pictures for Walls.

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Trend: Yellow and Grey

Moving into your new apartment in Easton Pa may leave you thinking about room design, what can do different, what will bring some freshness to my new living space?  One of the latest trends is the color scheme of yellow and gray. Following are some images to help you decide what to incorporate into your Easton apartment.  Browse for ideas…We love yellow walls to add brightness to any room…

Consider a yellow and gray color scheme for one room in your Easton apartment to add interest and modern design freshness.  Adding even a few ideas, and of course, keeping with the theme, can update an otherwise worn out space.  Enjoy your Easton apartment in yellow and gray.

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In and Around Bethlehem Pa

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Bethlehem is a beautiful town. Just take a walk or drive downtown and experience the architecture and the wonderful shopping you will find.  Leaving your Bethlehem apartment will be easy with so many things to do and see.  Bethlehem is a charming city with a rich industrial history.

You will find plenty of things to do outside your Bethlehem apartment.  The town is home to many art and music festivals, including Musikfest and Christkindlmarkt.  Dining and sophisticated shopping can be found everywhere.

Just minutes away is the Sands Casino Resort, where you can get your game on, take a chance, socialize, shop, and meet new people.  Consider all the wonderful things you can do when looking for your Bethlehem apartment.

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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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Framing Artwork in your Bethlehem Apartment

The latest framing trends are quite interesting, and can be easily applied to your Bethlehem apartment.  If you happen to have a nice apartment with high ceilings, which adds up to a lot of wall space, you can stack up a set of like-framed photos or paintings. Arranging vertically on the wall, instead of across its length, can be an eye-catching presentation which will fill up a blank space.

An open floor space in your Bethlehem apartment means walls for hanging artwork are minimal.  Find that desperate spot above an entrance-way is ideal for a large piece of artwork. Make sure the frame is a standout.

Displaying a piece of art between the windows of your Bethlehem apartment is a perfect idea.  Windows draw in light and create their own interest. A great piece of your own photography framed in a contrasting color will create dramatic interest in any room with light such as this one.

If you have a mantle in your Bethlehem apartment, finding the right piece and frame can be a chore.  This space can be easily filled with a large dramatically framed artwork. Idea: set the frame right on the mantle instead of hanging it on the wall, for a cool artistic air.

Check out these Larson Juhl frames for your Bethlehem apartment.

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The Arts in Bethlehem, Pa

When venturing out of my Bethlehem apartment, I discovered that the town of Bethlehem is full of artistic interests.  The first interesting find is the Bethlehem Bach Choir. Founded in 1898, it is the oldest Bach choir in America. Musical America has this quote about the choir: “Having heard the Bethlehem Bach Choir pour its heart into the master’s vocal music, one will never listen to it in quite the same way again.”

The present 95 volunteer members “sing with dedication and enthusiasm of the Bach Choir of a century ago.”  The concerts feature a full professional orchestra and world renowned soloists.  When living in your Bethlehem apartment be sure to check out this fascinating group for musical inspiration.
More information at the website.

Once settled into your Bethlehem apartment, the artist in you will have to visit the Banana Factory.  This dynamic cultural arts center includes three galleries, 28 resident artists, a glass works studio (the only one in area), The Olympus Digital Imaging Center, and the Fowler Arts and Education Center.

The main objective of the Banana Factory is to make the arts accessible to everyone.  The cultural center offers art education classes and programs for area schools.  Explore your creative side by taking one of the 200 plus visual arts classes or workshops offered throughout the year.  A children’s summer camp is also available.

If you are a film fanatic, living in your Bethlehem apartment will be a wondrous move, for the SouthSide Film Festival community is right around the corner.  The Third Thursday Film Club is a communal event designed to bring awareness to independent films.  The screenings are free and usually feature well-crafted documentary works not presented in movie theaters.  Films are usually shown at the Victory Firehouse on Webster Street.  The organization also features an annual art festival and benefit parties, a great excuse to get out of your Bethlehem apartment and join the community.  Visit the website for more info on parties, films, artists, and the 2011 Film Festival.

Are you an amateur or professional photographer?  Why not join the Lehigh Valley Photography Club?  They meet at the Banana Factory, right near your Bethlehem apartment, and offer photo-inspiration assignments to club members.  The intent of the club is for people in the Lehigh Valley community to share their work, meet each other, and discuss photo experiences. The LVPC is a member of the Photographic Society of America.  Visit here for more information on the club.

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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.