The hardest part about living in a rental home is that you can’t just do whatever you want. Most landlords want to keep their properties neutral for mass appeal — so there are sometimes restrictions on how much you can change the structure of a rental.
Having been living in rentals for the past 10 years while we prepare for our forever home, I’ve learned a few tricks to make a rental feel less cold and stark and more like a place where you can kick off your shoes and enjoy a cup of coffee.
- Removable wall paper has got to be the best thing for renters since sliced bread — well you know what I mean. It’s a super easy way to inject color, personality and warmth without making a permanent change. And it will peel off leaving no damage behind.
- Throw pillows are the easiest way to add color in texture to a room in an low cost way. Change the pillows with the seasons or whenever the mood strikes.
- I’m a total sucker for a good accessory. I always say that it’s the little things that make a home. That gilded vase or that quirky animal head hanging on the wall shows who you are. Nothing makes home feel like home more than a bunch of stuff that you love. And unlike huge investment pieces — like a couch or dining table — these little accessories are affordable enough to be changed on a whim.
- I love a good pouf. They are just so darn interesting. There also happens to be about a million different styles so you can find one that fits into your decor. Try a pouf instead of a coffee table — especially if you’re low on space. And bonus — it can double as an ottoman and extra seating.
- Mirrors are pretty awesome. Not only do you get to look at yourself in them — but they bounce around light like nobody’s business. Hang or lean a mirror across from a window and watch as you magically double the light in the room.
- Plants are so underrated. I know a lot of people avoid them because they’re afraid that they will kill them off. If you are afraid of your black thumb — choose sturdy plants that are hard to kill. Or — gasp — try a faux plant. They actually have fabulous fake plants and trees that look amazingly real.
Don’t feel limited by your rental so much that you settle for a blah beige box. I can’t wait to be able to paint kitchen cabinets and knock down walls in my forever home — but knowing that there are things I can do RIGHT NOW to make this place feel like home makes waiting a little easier.
Do you have any tips on decorating a rental? Do share!
And as always
After church is over, the heels kicked off and dinner is slow basting itself on the stove, before I sit down and plan out my week — I like to sit and clear my mind with a little bit of the wonderfulness that the world has to offer on the web.
This week I loved a lot of stuff.
via Tiffany Brooks
I love this before and after by Tiffany Brooks. There’s something about that blue and green together on the backdrop of white that makes me happy. And while you’re over there looking at this beautiful transformation — take a look at these 21 ideas on how to make your home look more like a model home. Good stuff.
Here are some great rental decorating tips. I’m always looking for new temporary decorating ideas.
If you’ve got some extra dough laying around — check out this gorgeous floor cushion by Kumeko Design on Etsy.
And here’s my favorite pin of the week. I love the traditional vibes and how modern it is because of the sheer amount of plates. I would love to do this on a smaller scale.
So here’s to a fabulous September Sunday afternoon.
What’s been inspiring you lately?
And as always —
Sometimes you don’t need to go out and buy something new to spruce up a room or a chair. Sometimes all you have to do is look at what you already have and figure out a way to make it into what you want it to be.
That’s the story of this pillow. Sadly I don’t have any before pictures because I wasn’t sure it it was actually going to work.
I followed this tutorial for this pillow. I used an old sheet — which happened to be the exact color I wanted.
It took a a few hours to twist and glue all the strips of fabric to the pillow but it was worth it. I love all the texture it adds.
I’ve been on a mission to use what I already have before I go and spend money on something new. It really makes me appreciate what’s already in my house when I can use things in a different way. This method also tends to be very budget friendly.
And as always
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I have been on a mission to banish every empty corner in our home. They just scream at me — all barren and wasting perfectly good space.
So when Hometalk asked me to put together a clipboard of ideas on how to maximize corner space — I jumped at the opportunity. Mostly because I still have a few lingering corners that I need some inspiration for.
Take a look at these great spaces that make the most of those small corners that are sometimes hard to figure out what to do with.
So how do you utilize those corner areas? Inspire me — I still have a few to rid my house of.
And as always —
I haven’t figured out how to get things done with three kids in the house. I can steal a few moments here and there but for the most part — my life is all about them right now.
And I don’t mind.
Time with them is much more important than finishing my bedroom.
Even still — I’ve managed to get a small corner of our bedroom together. For now anyway.
This particular corner has been empty for the past two years. And I just havent found the right thing to go here. I’ve imagined a desk, a settee or even two chairs with a table between them. This rocking chair is a place holder until I find that thing that makes me look twice.
For now — I put a rocking chair found on the side of the road years ago and painted gray and a cheapie wooden table from Garden Ridge that I painted blue like my mirrors.
I also hung my curtains — finally. It’s amazing how curtains can totally change the look and feel of a room.
Also on the wall you can see a piece of the DIY art I did for the wall. Not sure how I feel about it yet — but I’m living with it.
And on the rocking chair is a DIY rosette pillow. I used an old sheet as the fabric since I’m all about repurposing.
My bedroom is inching closer to feeling serene and comfortable. I guess it’s one of those things that will keep evolving.
Any tips on how to decorate with kids in the house?
The past week was a waiting a game. It was time to renew our lease and we weren’t really sure if we were going to stay put or if we were going to move.
So while we discussed our options, my creativity was put on hold. Actually — it just sort of fizzled out. I hung one pair of curtains in our bedroom but held off on hanging the other pair — just in case. All my ideas for redoing the girls room fell from my thoughts.
Because — moving — that just takes priority over everything.
But we signed the lease earlier this week and like magic — everything I’d put off came rushing back in a flurry of “Let’s Do This.” I know I can’t possibly tolerate things as they are for another year. Might as well make it like home!
That second set of curtains isn’t hung yet — but I did cross one thing off my list.
I got one of the girl’s beds painted. I’m tackling the other one tomorrow.
Their room is so tiny — bordering on claustrophobic — so I’m hoping the white beds will lighten and brighten the space. I love that even in their small room — most nights they end up in the same bed.
While this flower doesn’t look like much now — I have an idea to use it as a wall hook for their robes — that are ALWAYS on the floor. Since we rent I don’t want to screw hooks into the wall so this is the perfect fix. I’ve already started painting it.
On to the stuff I loved this week.
I find new blogs I love on a daily basis. I found this one and I’m in the process of diving deep into her archives. I love that she’s decorating a rental!
This totally works. I had an old red juice stain on the carpet and it came right up.
I’m all over this gorgeous DIY.
This looks mouthwatering. And all things I usually have on hand.
Loved this bedroom styling.
What did you love this week?
I love touring model homes.
It’s like Pinterest in real life.
I get so many ideas — styling, space planning, furniture layout, color palettes — that I can take and try in my own home.
I’m STILL working on our master bedroom, so when we toured this model home, I paid close attention to the master.
And that’s what I’m going to show you today. What I learned from a model home master bedroom.
1. Texture Matters
When I walked into the room, I was immediately drawn to the bed. The large, white tufted head board. The subtle polka dot pattern on the sheets and pillow cases. The ruffle pillow. The ruched blue shams and quilt. All the textural details of this well made bed made a mighty impact. This bed makes this room.
2. Contrast is key
Contrast was created in this room by using dark wood furniture in the dresser and the side tables. The room has visual weight with the dark pieces but still feels light and airy because of the white headboard, the light bedding and curtains. What was also really unexpected was the contrast created by the massive white lamps with black shades.
3. Seating is a must
These white leather chairs would last 5 minutes in my house before they were covered in pink highlighter — but I love these with a passion unparalleled. A bedroom needs a seating area. A place to remove shoes or read a book. It’s a necessity. I also love the small table that doesn’t lend itself to being filled with clutter — just a few lovely accessories.
4. Adorn the area above the bed
The space above the bed has always been an enigma to me. What I learned from walking through model homes is that putting something –anything– above the bed is like putting on a necklace. It finishes off the space. I love the staggered mirrors and how they add interest without demanding too much attention. Hang like items in odd numbers — 3s and 5s seem to be the most attractive.
As much as I wish I could transport this bedroom straight into my house I can’t. But I can take all the little things I picked up on and translate it to our bedroom.
I’ve been busy working on a few things I want to share next week. I totally needed a creative break and time to spend with my little ladies to recharge. And since my husband was traveling this week, I ended up having to juggle everything on my own. Mad respect to single mothers! Especially with Mother’s Day rapidly approaching, I send a sincere “You are amazing!” to every woman who is raising children on their own. It’s challenging to say the least.
I didn’t have a ton of down time with my computer this week, but I did sneak in a few moments after the girls were asleep and there was some things that I can’t keep to myself.
This office is beautiful. I could get a lot of work done in a place like this. And that door is gorgeous.
I loved this story on how a giant leap is terrifying but can hold so much promise. It also includes a pretty amazing house tour.
A better way to say sorry. I’m teaching this to my girls immediately.
Want your home to look like it came from the pages of a magazine? These styling tips could help you do just that.
Have a wonderful weekend!