This Photographer’s Rental Has Some of the Best DIY Painted Walls We’ve Ever Seen

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Living room newly painted black and tediously painted around each flower because I didn't think to paint the walls a new color before that mural! Flowers painted by Tarah Mueller.

Name: Haley Rock, fiancé, and daughter
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Type of home: Upper Duplex
Size: 1500 square feet
Years lived in: 1.5 years, renting

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: My house just started getting some creative touch during Wisconsin’s shutdown for the COVID pandemic. I started by painting a mural; my good friend Tarah Mueller helped me paint the flower wall in my living room. I am a boudoir photographer and wanted to create a space more unique to my style. Wallpaper was out of the question because I rent, so we went with painted what looked like wallpaper I loved. This carried on into my small bedroom, where I created the patchwork/color block wall and bought the daybed and accessories to create another space for my photo sessions. I used just the paint left over from the floral wall and plus a few colors we didn’t splash on.

Upcycled cabinet found outside on the curb! One man's trash is my new record shelf!

My main bedroom space was a little difficult. I painted a wave-like feature wall using many jewel tones and had one photo session with the backdrop and changed my mind. I decided to paint it all mostly black and use gold leaf paint to give it a bit of pop! Painting the main bedroom space black inspired me to continue it into the living room. This resulted into me painting between the flowers with the black paint; before originally it was gray! It was very time consuming but much like my ideas come to life, I tend to act impulsively and just have to do it to see if I will like it.

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Creative Artistic Botanical Boho Cozy

Bedroom with black walls and gold leaf paint.

What is your favorite room and why? My favorite room is the room with the muted color block and the daybed. I wake up every morning to the wildness of all the colors and the bed is always made and usually one of my sassy cats is asleep on it. I find the wall calming, inspiring, and energetic.

Colorblock patch room with daybed, my favorite room.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? I just found the cabinet I upcycled on the curb just yesterday and sanded and stained it a rich wood tone and set it up in my bedroom with my records and plants! I find it so fitting to my style!

A view of my favorite spot to cozy up in and listen to music and the sounds of the city.

Any advice for creating a home you love? Don’t be afraid to push the limits of creativity and just because you rent a house doesn’t mean it cannot reflect on who you are!

This submission’s responses were edited for length and clarity.