Funky, functional finds for your first pad

You finally made it! Now, what to get for your very own home?

Jules Matabuena

Published: 11:29 AM July 10, 2017

Updated: 9:01 AM July 11, 2017

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MANILA, Philippines – Nothing screams independence more than acquiring your first home all on your own, a well-deserved reward after all those years of working and saving.

Deciding to leave home can be bittersweet: it’s sad to leave the place and family you've grown up with, but you can’t help but feel excited at the prospect of living independently: “My house, my rules,” finally!

After the hard part comes the fun part: decorating. From picking the softest mattress down to getting quirky conversation pieces, there truly is a lot to consider when shopping for your your first home. The most important factor, of course, is to make sure your personality shines through.

Things can get a little overwhelming, so we'd love to help you get started. Check out these Instagrammable yet practical items that you can use to spruce up your bachelor’s or bachelorette’s pad. Some of these can even double as conversation pieces, too!

A set of colorful, honeycomb print throw pillows

Chances are, the living room is where you’ll be spending most of your time in – next to the bedroom, of course. It’s where you’ll lounge around while catching up on your favorite shows and movies, working, entertaining guests, and just hanging out.

But you don’t need to stock up on every accessory you can find to liven things up! It’s better to pick a few highlights to match a key piece, like a set of matching throw pillows in lively colors and patterns that you can match with your couch.

A glass terrarium for a splash of green

Independent boys and girls would often opt for condominium units the first time they invest on a house. It’s usually the most practical and don’t entail expenses that come with owning a house and lot.

But having a spot in the bustling big city means there’s hardly room for any plants, let alone a garden of your own. For a splash of green in your home, get a small terrarium that you can place on a table near the window and fill it with mosses, small plants, and other trinkets!

A comfy bean bag

Think chairs are overrated? Or couches too stiff? Throw in a couple of bean bags in your favorite colors in your living room instead!

To make it more comfortable than it already is, you might want to opt for one that’s triangular so it can support your back. Have popcorn at the ready!

A sleek speaker that blasts crisp sound

If you already have a laptop or a desktop computer, a smartphone or a tablet, or a television, perhaps it would be wise to invest on a top-of-the-line speaker instead of getting a new, full home theater system – at least for now. 

Get a speaker that fits your budget but offers great sound quality and is compatible to more than one of your gadgets to maximize it.

Brightly-colored cutlery

At your parents’ house, you probably grew up with cookie-cutter silver- and dinnerware. You know the kind: actual silver cutlery, glass or porcelain dinnerware.

But your silverware doesn’t need to be boring! Dig in through a sumptuous meal (hopefully one you’ve cooked yourself) with a set that matches your personality, or comes in your favorite color.

An alarm clock that also tells the date and temperature

You might not notice it, but we’ve all become so reliant on our smartphones that we use it on practically every aspect of our lives – including being woken up in the morning.

How about you go the the old school route (well, kind of) and get a digital alarm clock that also shows you the day and temperature? This way, you can also curb the habit of using your phone before going to bed and right after waking up.

A vintage-looking “cage” for hanging your light bulbs with

But if you’re really looking into jazzing up your home, good lighting makes a world of difference! Mood lights can help make any space look instantly classy.

Try accessorizing up your ordinary bulbs with cage fixtures. It can easily brighten any space up, literally.

A cute laundry hamper

Another thing you might not have given much thought is your laundry hamper. We don’t blame you – all it does you is carry your dirty laundry, anyway!

But consider this: to really let your personality show in your own home, you must pay attention even to the smallest details. For hampers, skip the plastic and mesh baskets find ones that won’t look out of place in your room, are sturdy, and can hold your clothes well.

Going home should be something that you’ll look forward to, especially at the end of a long day at work. Feel free to make it as cozy as you as possible! –

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