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OS Cribs: The Coziest Downtown Apartment

Downtown apartments can be small, cramped, and just plain beat up. It’s usually up to the renters to look past the obvious flaws and make it their own space and create an atmosphere everybody will love from the minute they walk in.

Taylor and Devon are both fifth-year students living in such a space in Hetzel Plaza, receiving praise from most everyone — from friends to delivery drivers. “One time, we had somebody from OrderUp deliver food, and he told Taylor it’s the nicest apartment he’s delivered to,” Devon said. “That’s how we knew we made it.”

The space wasn’t always so nice though. This is the first year Devon and Taylor live at Hetzel Plaza, and they both said that when they moved in, the condition of the apartment was far from great. “All the doors in the apartment are new because all the doors were all broken,” Taylor said. “There were holes in all the walls and the window was broken.” Now, the two have transformed the apartment into a beautiful space which everybody loves.

20160318_171651 (1)Starting in the living room, Taylor and Devon have filled every wall with pictures and other fun decorations. This wall features meticulously lined-up prints that the two like, giving visitors a plethora of pictures to keep them occupied.

20160318_171742Directly across from the wall with the prints, Taylor and Devon hung pictures of some of their favorite moments together. “We’ve been friends since freshman year,” Taylor said. A wall of pictures of two best friends obviously wouldn’t be complete without the famous Fetty Wap lyrics above the pictures. That fancy script does in fact read, “I got a Glock in my ‘Rari,” and it really brings out the personalities of what the girls love.

20160318_171828Road signs are always a popular find in any apartment or house, but this stop sign is so much more than an everyday sign. It reminds both the tenants and guests to never stop believing, making it the world’s first motivational traffic facilitation device.

20160318_171816Right below the stop sign, you can find this flower bong vase. It’s a creative way to fix the problem of a broken bong, changing the bong’s contents from one plant to another, and it adds a lot of beautiful colors and style to the living room.

The living room was incredibly well decorated, especially considering the apartment was a mess when the two moved in, but the two didn’t stop at the living room with their decorating.

20160318_172150The one-bedroom apartment is colorful, bright, and welcoming, and the two spent a lot of time making it look that way. Hanging the lights on the ceiling was the most difficult part of it all, they both agreed. “We woke up with lights on top of us, so we had to come up with a different way [of hanging them],” Devon said. They figured out how to hang them up without waking up with cords all over them, and the lights make the room look almost like a star-filled sky.

The apartment has so much to offer for the two and their friends; they have created a place where people want to be. “Basically, people just like to sit on the couch and look at the wall or lay on our bedroom floor and look at the lights,” Taylor said. “It’s just a fun apartment to be in,” Devon went on to say. The two girls have done an amazing job at turning an apartment that once had holes in the walls and broken doors into a place of comfort and happiness.

About the Author

Matt Coleman

Matt Coleman is a writer for Onward State. His hometown is North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, a little under an hour from Pittsburgh. He is a sophomore majoring in Natural Resource Engineering in Biological Engineering. Please e-mail questions and comments to [email protected] Also, follow him on Twitter @cole_man2.



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