9 Ways To Make Your Beige Apartment Feel Like Home Without Breaking The Bank

9 Ways To Make Your Beige Apartment Feel Like Home Without Breaking The Bank

London gloom is not a joke.

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Moving into a new apartment is always exciting but it can also be terrifying. It can especially be terrifying if said apartment is in a new country. Rewind to September when I moved into my "flat" in London only for me and my flatmate to discover it was cold, beige, and ugly. Our place needed some serious TLC. I'd be lying if I said I didn't cry when I first moved in. I know I know, you're probably thinking I'm being overdramatic and I should be grateful I have a place to live in, and I get that. But, when you move so far from home for so long, you want something cozy and inviting to come back to, especially if you've had a bad day. Fast forward to now, we've started making our space cozier, and it really has made a difference.

1. Cushion Covers

This doesn't even sound like it would make a difference, but it does. We had old orange and brown cushion covers that were fading. The solution? Cute color block cushion covers in warm colors that also made it look like civilized humans lived there.

2. A throw for the couch

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Our couch is more of a loveseat than a couch if we're being honest (at least it's a pull out), but adding a throw (more warm colors) adds that extra oomph of coziness and we love it (especially for the London weather).

3. A coffee/tea/hot chocolate corner

My favorite part of the entire flat would have to be the kitchen area. I love having an open kitchen so it makes our small flat look less small. We have an open cabinet section that we decided to use for our hot drink needs. We usually keep boxes of tea, coffee, hot chocolate, mugs, and our French press in this cabinet. The best finishing touch? Our framed "Central Perk" sign. Now it's legit.

4. Table Runner

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To add more color to our bland living/dining area we opted for a table runner instead of a full-on tablecloth (our white rustic dining table is pretty cool in my opinion).

5. Plants

What better way to spruce up an apartment than to add plants!! We kept them small, mainly because that's all we could fit, but it works.

6. Decorative vase

Could we put fresh flowers in this vase if we wanted? Yes. Would it still look good if we didn't? Yes. What more could I say?

7. Candles

Candles just make everything cozier, don't they?

8. Rug

I remember not understanding the point of rugs as I was a kid. Now that I'm an adult and living away from home, a rug really does bring a room together. Lesson learned.

9. Poster Prints

You know what else I learned about our apartment? We can't get pushpins into the wall, the solution? Taping posters onto our beige walls.

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How To Play 'New Girl's' True American Drinking Game

"It's 75% drinking, 20% Candy Land, and the floor is molten lava."
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I think it's fair to say that anyone who watches New Girl knows about True American. This crazy, non-sense drinking game which pops up every so often throughout the seasons and first introduced in Season 1 Episode 20.

The game, as described by New Girl character and fan-favorite Schmidt, is 75% drinking game and 20% Candy Land with a floor of molten lava.

The point of the game is for players to navigate through the Candy Land-like spaces to the "castle," which is a table in the center of the room that holds beer "pawns" and the "king" bottle. The first person to reach and sip from the bottle wins.

SEE ALSO: 15 Things "New Girl" Fans Know to Be True

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Here's how to play:

Step #1: Prepare the "castle"

First, set up your "castle." The castle is made up of beer "pawns" and the "king," a bottle filled with the alcohol of your choice.

The bottle should be in the middle of the table, surrounded by four lines of beer pawns. There is no exact number of beers necessary for each line of beer pawns. Choose any amount of beers that seems appropriate for the amount of players.

Step #2: Set up spaces

Set up spaces using pillows, chairs or any other objects players will be able to stand on. Place an equal amount of spaces around the table. You'll want about 5-8 spaces on each side, depending on the size of the room you're playing in.

Only four of these spaces should reach the castle, lining up with the parade of beer "pawns" and allowing players to take a beer pawn from the castle. For example, in the photo above, each of the chairs touch a corner of the table at the end of the line of beer pawns. Therefore, these are two of the four special spaces that allow players to take a beer. Unlike the pillows pictured, which are just regular spaces that the players can use to move around.

Step #3: Pick teams

Teams are optional. To pick teams, all of the players will place a certain number (1-5) of fingers against their forehead on the count of three.

Any players who hold up the same number are a team. Unmatched players can team up as needed or simply pair up with the person standing closest to them.

Step #4: Begin

Begin with a shotgun "tip-off" to determine which player goes first.

The winner of this shotgunning contest will yell, "One, two, three...JFK!" to announce the official beginning of the game. All players will enthusiastically respond, "FDR!" then quickly grab a beer pawn from the castle and run to any space they wish to start at, excluding for the four special spaces that reach the castle.

Step #5: Make moves

The winner of the shotgunning contest has earned the first turn. From then on, the order of turns will move in a clockwise rotation. During each turn, the player will move one space toward the castle and choose to play one of the following mini-games.

Mini-game number one: the player whose turn it is will count to three then all players will place a certain number (1-5) of fingers on their forehead. Any player who selects a number no one else selected can move ONE space.

Mini-game number two: the player whose turn it is will recite the beginning of a famous American quote. The first player to complete the quote can move TWO spaces.

Mini-game number three: the player whose turn it is will name two famous American people, places or things. The first player to identify what the two have in common can move THREE spaces.

For example, say it's your turn. You will move one space then choose one of the three mini-games. You and all of the players will participate in that game, and the winner will move accordingly. After this, your turn is over and it's the next player's turn (in the original clockwise rotation).

Step #6: "Play on, playa."



Continue playing by these rules until one lucky winner reaches the bottle and sips from its royal glass.

The bottle cannot be opened until every last pawn is removed from the castle. Any players who fail to keep at least one beer in hand, who accidentally end up with more than three beers in hand, or who touch the lava are immediately disqualified. Disqualified players can rejoin the game by shotgunning a beer.

Congratulations!

You are now able to impress all of your New Girl-loving friends with knowledge of the workings of the epic True American drinking game. Know your limits, drink responsibly and enjoy!

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I'm Spilling The Tea: Here's Where You Can Find The Best Chai Lattes In North Carolina

Here's my roundup of the best chai lattes in town, from one tea drinker to another.

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I'll always choose tea over coffee, especially if it's a well-made chai latte. There's something intrinsically comforting about the drink's frothy texture and smooth spice blend, something that reminds me of Starbucks runs on snowy days and relaxing with a warm mug before bed. Chai delivers just enough punch to push you over that mid-afternoon slump, but not so much that you feel sick. I recently got my friends addicted to the drink because once you try it, there's no going back. Here's where you can find the best chai lattes in North Carolina.

1. The Oak House - Elon, NC

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The Oak House's chai lattes are sweet, spiced, and everything nice. The cafe is a coffee shop by day and a bar by night, but is always perfect study space if you need a little pick-me-up.

2. Perennial - Chapel Hill, NC

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Perennial's chai is on the spicier end but is toned down by the sweetness of this cafe. It's an entirely Instagramable space, so sit back, relax, and watch the likes roll in.

3. The Green Bean - Greensboro, NC

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Although The Green Bean looks like a traditional cafe on the outside, the vibrant murals and lively atmosphere inside are anything but. If you like a creamier chai latte, stop here the next time you're in Greensboro.

4. Liberty Coffee House - Asheville, NC

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Liberty's chai lattes are as aesthetic as they are delicious. These artisanal teas are sure to warm you up on even the coldest of days.

5. Starbucks - Almost Anywhere, NC

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When all else fails, Starbucks is always a safe bet. Pro tip: ask the barista to make your chai latte without water. There's almost no difference in cost, but your drink is made with double the flavor.

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