For reasons aesthetic and practical, I am not a fan of carpeting. Unfortunately for me and many people, wall-to-wall carpeting is a common feature of rental units. Here are a few ways to make the best of a shaggy situation.
My current flat has a dishwasher, which, after 5+ years of living in London without one, felt like a huge luxury when I moved in a year ago. In my naivety, I thought I'd become so used to and efficient at washing my own dishes that I'd barely use the thing. Yeah, you can guess how long that attitude lasted.
In the 7 years I've lived in San Francisco, my rent has only increased by 7%. My rent is half the city average for a studio apartment and a few hundred less than the price of a room in a multi-bedroom apartment, so though it is near the max of what I can afford to pay, it is a hell of a deal. Any bets on how much the rent will increase when I move out this summer?
Following up on last weekend's post, 7 Ways to Rescue a Rental Kitchen, this week I'm looking at temporary solutions for the bathroom. From floor covering to shower heads, here are 8 ways to make the best of even the most vintage bathroom.
Even if you can't or don't want to paint, living with white walls does not have to be boring. White walls can be the perfect background to keep a space feeling neutral and bright or as a contrast to colorful furniture, home accessories or artwork. In these examples from our house tours, we see that classic white walls can be chic and desirable.
If I tried to fully describe Los Angeles to you, we'd be here all day; it's just too vast. Whatever you think LA is, you're right— it's that and much more. More than boobs, Botox and bottle service, we have a multi-cultural population, a diverse landscape and a thriving arts community. And traffic...lots of traffic. Still interested? Okay, okay, I'll break it down for you.
More often than not, you'll find something beyond basic white walls in a Boston apartment. Whether it's exposed brick, original wood detailing, charming built-ins, or even just old school radiators and exposed piping, there is usually a unique feature or design challenge to work with. Check out how these 10 renters dressed up their Hub-area homes.
When I moved into my first apartment, I planted veggies in the two front window boxes. But I did it pretty willy-nilly, without any research, and some of those poor plants just didn't flourish. If you're thinking of doing the same, please check this out first for some ideas of which plants do best in shallow soils:
Plants — they not only bring bring life and clean air into your home, but they're also an easy way to naturally add color to an otherwise white space. You can still get pops of color and texture in your home without using paint or wall covering — just add plants.
Over the years I've moved more times than I can count on two hands. Folks, at this point in time, I'm a pro. That said, my current residence only has a 6 month lease and I'm calling it the most ridiculous thing ever. Seriously — ever.