5 Items Every New Apartment Needs

"Versatile pieces are the name of the game."

Small-space living isn't always easy... especially when that small space is a brand-new apartment with nothing inside but untapped potential, designer dreams and LOTS of empty space.

Yet that big void doesn't have to demand a big decorating budget, according Abby Larson. The Style Me Pretty founder -- in tandem with famously budget-friendly decor store HomeGoods -- told HuffPost her five must-have items for a starter apartment. Check them out, and check them off your holiday wish list.

A throw pillow (or two)
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"Whether you go for something inexpensive and on-trend to dress up a 'blah' sofa, or splurge on something handmade or sparkly, a little dose of throw pillow action goes a long way," Larson says.
A serving tray
She adds, "They can serve double duty: They hold coffee table books and remotes and serve hors d'oeuvres in a pinch."
An accent chair
"They make any room feel much more chic. And designed," says Larson. "And even maybe a little more loved."
A cake stand
"Use it to boost up a centerpiece, to debut a dessert or to hold candles," adds Larson. "Versatile pieces are the name of the game."
A set of high-quality linens
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Last but not least, Larson says of nice linens, "They make even the tiniest bed feel incredibly luxurious." But remember, fancy thread count does not automatically equal high-quality sheets.

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