No more cafeteria food, milk-carton "shelves," or duct-taped furniture. These housewares help new grads decorate their first apartment with fun, grown-up style.
1. Parlour Sofa This bright yellow sofa is much more stylish than a futon and more comfortable, too. $999. CB2: 800-606-6252; cb2.com. Related: Check Out 15 More Modern Sofas
2. Grobal Self-Watering Planter A houseplant makes the perfect housewarming gift. This smart pot - a water reservoir ensures accurate moisture levels - makes sure it's still alive the next time rent is due. $25. Karim Rashid for A + R: aplusrstore.com. Related: Get 101 Quick and Easy Home Decorating Ideas
3. Salad Server Set With Mom not there to encourage recent graduates to eat their vegetables, these colorful salad spoons might do the trick. $15. French Bull: frenchbull.com. Related: Discover Creative New Ways to Set Your Table
4. Small Smoked Kiri Wood Trivet Countertops will stay in move-in condition with a trivet, like this Kiri wood one. From Japan, it's light in color and weight - just a few ounces - yet it's also sturdy. Approximately 4" diameter, $12. Portland Japanese Garden Gift Store: 503-223-5055; shop.japanesegarden.com. Related: Check Out 30 Gadgets for the Modern Kitchen
5. Cable IDs Cord-management could be a college major, but stock up on these cable IDs and you'll pass with flying colors. $7 for set of 8. The Container Store: containerstore.com. Related: Brilliant Decorating Ideas for the Living Room
6. Starstruck Sheet Set Requisite extra-long dorm sheets are no longer necessary, so celebrate with a painterly set that's sure to inspire sweet dreams. From $50. Delia's: 800-335-4269; delias.com. Related: Photos of Inspiring Bedrooms
7. Case Piece Perfect for small apartments now and a larger house later, Jonathan Adler's new Claude Modular collection makes it easy to create the ideal dresser. Stack two-drawer sections vertically or side by side, on a large or small base - $800; large base, $395; small base, $195. Jonathan Adler: 877-287-1910; jonathanadler.com. Related: Spruce Up Your Bedroom with a Unique Headboard Design
8. Ribbon Coat Rack Even if they're going from book bags to briefcases, recent grads still need a place to hang their things. From $90. Headsprung: headsprung.co.uk. Related: Moving Your Grad? Learn How to Avoid Moving Company Scams
What are your decorating tips for a grad's first apartment?
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