With this post, we cast our style eye upon NYC specifically, and look at ten tours that we find particularly inspiring. Adding to their allure is the fact that each and every one of them is a rental - proof that you don't need a mortgage to have a beautiful, creative and imaginative space of your own.
All of these spaces are chock-full of ideas to steal, but here are just a few to get you started...
1. Sarah's Supremely Stylish West Village Home Typical renter's white walls can act as a great canvas to bold color and pattern.
2. Lloyd & Michael's Happy Place Be creative when camouflaging undesirable features of a rental. Here, fabric and a beaded metal curtain act as a luxuriously textured backdrop to Lloyd and Michael's' treasures. Yet, their main function is covering up the pass-through of a dated 80's kitchen.
3. Sabrina Soto's Penthouse Pops with Color With space often at a premium in rentals, a vertical garden can be the perfect solution to bringing the outdoors in.
4. Liz's Decoration as Meditation Hanging a chandelier without hardwiring it can be a challenge in a rental. In this case, Liz had the chandelier rewired to suit her aesthetic vision and to fit the exact dimensions of her space.
5. Vince's Flower District Home A long, linear wall system creates an architectural element with a space and can provide tons of storage - perfect for the space-challenged minimalist.
6. Nick and Rachel's Creative Warehouse Loft A fantastic example of inexpensive ingenuity - a platform bed is constructed of salvaged pallets and less than $3 in hardware.
7. Michael & Shannon's Mix of Tradition and Travel Using bookshelves to hold books and objects is expected, but what about using them to house your bar, or for wine and blanket storage? Michael and Shannon put their bookcase to all of these uses, and have created a wonderfully curated storage piece in the process.
8. Heather's Charming Modern Farmhouse Brooklyn Loft White walls and high ceilings can create an almost gallery-like feeling in a space. Using these walls for constantly changing art installations will create an environment that stays fresh and full of surprises.
9. The Boys of Bushwick The question, "What else could this be?" drives the design of this live/ work loft in Brooklyn. And using the original broken and bullet battered factory windows to create a rolling screen for storage is just one of the answers to that question in this highly unusual space.
10. Pete & James' Natural & Neon Loft Depending on the type of construction involved, hanging things on rental apartment walls can often be hard to do, or completely off limits. Not to be deterred, Pete and James used industrial-sized suction cups to mount the shelves in their bathroom and to save them from having to make holes in the tile.
(Images: Apartment Therapy)