If you’re anything like me, you live and die by your morning caffeine. And the more the culture seems to embrace coffee as a kind of lifestyle, it will start to creep into the decor of North Brunswick, NJ, apartments. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.  In fact, there are lots of ideas for using your favorite barista-delivered treats to give your home that “eyes wide open” flair.

Apartment kitchens are often short on storage, but you, coffee-lover, are long on mugs. So, what do you do? Turn the mugs into decor themselves with a coffee mug shelf. It can be as simple as measuring out wood boards (or having them cut to size), creating the sizes of the nooks to house your mugs by gluing the wood together, and mounting the shelf.  Then you put all those cute mugs you’ve collected over the years into their designated spots on the shelf. Voila, coffee mugs that are both easy to reach and make your kitchen look cute.

If a full-on shelf isn’t your style, then you can go smaller and simpler with a rustic sign mug-holder. It’s an easy DIY: find your board, stain or paint it, add your coffee thoughts of choice, then screw in the hooks to the bottom third of the board. You just want to make sure that the board and your hooks are strong enough to support the weight of the mugs.

If you’re looking for ways to decorate with coffee that don’t have to involve holes in the wall (that your property manager may not like too much), you have other options. You can make a coffee mug candle – where you pour candle wax into an old mug, taking care to make sure the wick is long enough to burn. You can even glue coffee beans to the outside of the mug, especially if you’ve got a blend you don’t like just sitting around your North Brunswick, NJ, apartment. No sense in wasting beans you want to drink, right?

For the times you’re feeling particularly whimsical, take a page from your childhood art projects (remember macaroni pictures?) and make some coffee bean art. The best part of this is that you aren’t limited to using coffee beans — regular beans (navy, pinto, black) will work just fine, too. Take a plain canvas, some strong glue, and a pencil to sketch out your artwork. Fill in the correct areas with paint close in color to the relevant bean, then start gluing the beans onto the canvas. Any kids in your life would be able to help you with this fun project.

The best part of this kind of coffee-themed decor is that it doesn’t have to be expensive! You can make some of these projects for under $15. What a great way for a coffee-aficionado to decorate North Brunswick, NJ, apartments on the cheap!