Jennifer's Smart and Thrifty Rental

Jennifer's Smart and Thrifty Rental

Laure Joliet
Mar 3, 2010

Jennifer shares many of the common woes of renters everywhere: beige walls she's not allowed to paint, beige wall to wall carpet and a sense that, because it's a rental, you don't want to invest too much, but you do want to like where you live. So with a small budget, an eye for repurposing, and time she's making her house a home.

We love the simple interiors and the bold use of color in the dining room, the books that become art in the living room and the smart ways that she's been able to incorporate DIY's and thrift store finds in a throroughly modern interior.

Some of the tricks that have brought style to Jennifer's rental without forcing her to spend a ton:

• The books in the living room were a thrift store find. Fill a bag for a buck, and we did, about 3 of them.
• The lines and dots canvas above the fireplace mantle is a painting I made-inspired by Jenna Lyons' dining room painting and Eames fabric pattern.
• The giant black jack next to it is vintage that I painted black.
• The TV console was purchased at a yard sale for $45 and spray painted.
• The headboard and bedframe were diys's
• The dresser in the bedroom is another thrifted piece that I painted.
• Our son's Eames was thrifted and then upgraded with a new rocker base.
• His bedding was made using a linen shower curtain found at Target. e.

Keep up with Jennifer and her pursuits in style on her blog: A Merry Mishap.

(Images: Jennifer Hagler)

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