By now, we don’t need to tell you that Austin is one of the hippest and most exciting cities in the entire country. Whether you just settled into an Austin apartment — or just moved across Austin — you’re going to have a blast exploring the city’s can’t-miss treasures. (If you haven’t already started exploring, that is.)
Be sure to rock out at Blues on the Green, take one of the many brewery tours, spend an afternoon at the Hamilton Pool Preserve, or take in one of the Texas capital’s other ultimate experiences. In between stops, sample some of the city’s game-changing food, then pick up a Longhorns foam hook ‘em hand, a pair of boots, some BBQ sauce, and a few other must-have items from your Austin checklist.
You’re also going to want to pick some Texas-themed items to decorate your new Austin apartment, and we’ve put together a handy list of design ideas to help your new hometown:
Original artwork: One of the quickest ways to fill out the look of your new place is to fill your walls with original artwork. After you’ve shopped some of Austin’s galleries and secondhand shops, check out the wide selection of funky and affordable pieces on Etsy. Whether you’re looking to represent the state capital or the whole state—or a little of both—you’re sure to find something that fits your Austin apartment and your budget.
DIY decor: If you’re looking to add some local flare, as well as a bit your own personal touch to your new place, consider one of these Texas-themed do-it-yourself projects. For a few bucks and a little bit of your time, you can breathe some new life into old wood and take your crafting skills to the next level. Create unique coat hooks, bookshelves, mirrors, wall hangings, and other conversation pieces that your guests will be sure to talk about.
String art: One of most popular DIY decor trends these days, string art, is an easy and inexpensive way to explore your creativity. All of the supplies you need—wood, stain, paint, nails, the string of your choice, etc.—can be found at your local craft or hardware store, and there are numerous Texas-themed string art designs online that can inspire your creative efforts or help fund someone else’s. This picture at the right shows how creative some string art could be. They have placed the heart where Austin is located in Texas.
Texas flag: Nothing says Texas like a state flag, and you can find countless varieties to purchase or build yourself on Pinterest. You can find big flags, small flags, flags made with reclaimed barn or pallet wood, and flags made with corrugated metal. They come in bold colors or distressed styles, as well as in purely decorative varieties and fully functional dining room or coffee table versions.
Longhorn: You don’t have to be a UT grad to appreciate the local significance of a big ol’ set of longhorns. And while you probably don’t want a huge set of actual cattle horns hanging from your wall, you can find a great set of stylish wood horns online that will be perfect for your new Austin Apartment.
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