If you are a rental property gypsy like me, you’re probably aware of the restrictions of improving your interior when you are unable to make changes or don’t want to make a financial investment to a temporary property that isn’t yours. My life thrives on interior design, so it’s important to me to have a home that houses all my loved belongings and reflects who I am. You might be the same. I’ve had to come up with some very creative solutions over the years. There are many ways to achieve a comfortable sanctuary for yourself. By purchasing freestanding furniture, you have the flexibility to not only shift the location of it as needed, but also move it easily when the time comes. I wouldn’t quite put myself in the hoarder category (contrary to some people’s opinions), but I am definitely a collector of homewares. I pick things up in all sorts of places; online, op shops, on my travels. Every piece has a story and it makes me smile everyday when I look around my home at my treasures. So next time you are eyeing off a new item, don’t automatically deny yourself! I think anything that brings you daily happiness is a good investment.
As a renter, covering up pre-existing flaws can become an art form. If you are trying to detract from a blemish, hide it! If you don’t like the flooring or there is a stain on the carpet, cover it with a rug. If there is a mark on the wall that you don’t want to look at on a daily basis, put an artwork or poster over it. If you are bored with your interior, change the layout, mix it up and move things around. Remember: any space is just an empty shell to start with. It becomes a home when you put your own style and story into it.
Some renter must haves:
– Bluetac – create your own gallery, stick up photos or posters
– 3m hooks are the less evasive alternative to hammering a hook into the wall
– Multiple lamps (table or floor standing) – lamps can immediately increase the ambience of a home