Personalize It! 4 (Renter-Friendly) Ways to Make A New House into a Home

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Summer is traditionally a time when a lot of people move. Maybe you've just graduated from college and are moving into your first apartment. Maybe you've had roommates and are finally getting a place of your own, or you're moving cross-country and setting up in a new city. Whatever your reasons, adding special, personal touches in a new place can help it feel like it's truly yours. Here are some ideas from our video archives to take your abode from 'new house' to 'new home.' 

The best part? All these tips are renter-friendly, too. 


This is one of my favorite projects that we've ever featured on the site. Who wouldn't want a light switch plate that looks like a bunny (or other beastie)? Once you see this video, you'll never be satisfied with rectangles ever again. 


When you're in a new place, it's easy to get caught up in the big things (wall colors, new furniture) and not think about the little things, like hardware. Even if you're renting, swapping out door and cabinet knobs can be a great way to inject a little personality into your home. Paul Cutting's advice? Use salvaged hardware. It's got lots of character, and is both green and wallet-friendly. If you're not quite sure where to find old knobs and pulls in your area, this list of architectural salvage stores is a great place to start. 


Even wallpapering one wall can take a space from 'meh' to just right. But what if you're renting (or have trouble committing)? Here's a great tip for sneaking wallpaper into your rental


Another little thing that often gets overlooked: the shower curtain. Probably it's one of the first things you buy when you move in — after all, you have to shower — but have you ever put much thought into it? Here, Maxwell shares his thoughts on what makes a good shower curtain. He recommends investing in a good one — it's a little luxury you'll thank yourself for every day. 

Thanks for watching, and happy homemaking!

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(Images: top left: antique escutcheons at Adkins Architectural Antiques, bottom right: 'That Highly Intelligent Clam' paper from Grow House Grow, all others: as linked above)

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