Decorating a rental home can often seem like a minefield of decisions, forcing you to weigh the financial risk and aesthetic payoff at every turn. How much time and money to invest in a temporary home? Which areas to focus on and which to learn to live with? Read on for 10 Commandments to decorating your rental home.
Is your BESTA the best it can be? BESTÅ cabinets are a much-loved IKEA product because they are just so versatile. We love seeing the different combinations of frames and doors people use to create storage large and small. But the downside to being so versatile is that the BESTAs are rather plain. But this plainness can be a virtue as it opens up so many possibilities for aesthetic upgrades. See how these BESTA-owners have customized their pieces so they stand out from the crowd:
Welcome to "The A Line"! In every episode of this new video series, we visit two homes that have an identical floorplan- and see how their inhabitants use the same space in different ways.
In this episode, we visit a historic grand apartment building on Manhattan's Upper East Side. What used to be one lavish building with twenty grandiose apartments- with ballrooms, libraries, and servant's quarters- is now divided into more than a hundred oddly-shaped but gorgeous modern NYC apartments with historic detailing.
Today we visit two of these apartments, both with exactly the same floor plan. The first is occupied by Christin and AJ, a young couple making their first home together, and the second by DJ, an independent filmmaker. Presenting the same challenge of an oddly-shaped floor plan, how were these two homes brilliantly arranged to suit their occupants' unique needs?
Home accessories- anything from artwork to decorative pillows, vases, and lamps- are essential to making rooms feel cozy, personal, and stylish, but how do you go about deciding which pieces you want? Here are some starting questions to ask yourself before making that purchase.
These days it seems like pretty much every house tour features a beautifully styled bar cart, and it's not hard to see why: they're perfect for entertaining, and a pretty way to display your collection of fine liquors even when you're at home alone. If you've been searching for the perfect rolling booze receptacle, look no further than this collection of 15 beautiful bar carts at price points to suit any budget.
Feeling like your bedroom needs a bit of spice? Interest? Wit? Check out these nine stylish real-life sleep spaces that have something to say, displaying the written word in different decorative forms. You could use their words or take inspiration for your own stylish statement.
Want to glam up your rental bathroom and get your security deposit back when you move out? Need to primp your powder room without it devolving into a Lucy and Ethel, Paperhangers debacle? Temporary wallpaper is the product for you.
Name: Andy Corbin and Matt Mirarchi Location: Raleigh, North Carolina Size: 1,100 square feet Years lived in: 2 years (Matt), 7 months (Andy); Rent
I first visited Matt's Eclectic Park Avenue Pad in Raleigh, North Carolina back in October of 2011. At the time I was completely blown away by his ability to turn his 1901 duplex rental into a visually stunning respite filled with a hodgepodge of hand-painted art, vintage furniture, and personal photographs. His unique Art Deco and Mid Century finds blended effortlessly with the space's 100-year-old wood floors and glass doorknobs.
We all want to be healthier (with as little actual effort as possible), so why not let your home give you a hand? Setting up the conditions for good health will make it so much simpler to follow through and make real, positive changes in how you feel. It's so easy.
Kelly's new home was trapped in the 80s; In the family room, the fireplace stuck out— literally. As you can see, there were two protruding brick supports that perhaps once held a mantel. When Kelly decided to get rid of them and update its look, she made it worse before it got better. But get better it did—much better.