This Renter Came Up with a Clever Solution for Custom Window Covering

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Warm tones, plants, and candles are the real theme of our home.

Name: Ashley Hosmer, my husband Matty, and our dog Mia
Location: Los Angeles, California
Type of home: Duplex
Size: 1700 square feet
Years lived in: 8 months, renting

I don't know who loves our bed more—me, my husband, or Mia, our pup.

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: My husband and I moved right before the pandemic hit and we are so glad we did. Now that we are both working from home, we are really maximizing our space, like converting the garage into my husband’s home office and our dining room table into my desk. This way, we’re able to use our second bedroom as a true sanctuary and space to relax and unwind.

I commissioned these open shelves from a local woodworker after our application was accepted and couldn't be happier. Now I have a space to display my favorite items.

My husband and I really value unique things and want our home to be a reflection of us. When you enter our home you’ll smell an earthy candle, you’ll notice a lot of plants, and then you’ll find a colorful palette of art, ceramics, and furniture.

This rug gives the dining room so much warmth and really defines the space.

We want our home to be warm and inviting with comfortable seating and different spaces to relax, like the bench seating we had made in our kitchen or the bonus room we call our “chill room.”

To save on custom window covering, I used colorful window film [this film from Amazon is similar] in our kitchen. It casts a warm hue and adds color to an otherwise brown kitchen.

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Colorful, eclectic, plant-y, comfortable, and warm.

This is our chill room. I had the sofa custom made and designed around it.

What is your favorite room and why? The “chill room” is slowly becoming my favorite space. It has a ’70s vibe with a burnt orange sofa, mustard curtains, and some vintage wood pieces. I love how all the different shades come together in this room. I’m taking my time decorating to ensure I really love every piece I bring into our home.

When I walked into our bedroom for the first time, I had a vision of full draping curtains framing the bed. I was so happy when it all came together the way I envisioned.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? A comfortable leather chair for the corner of our living room and some of my favorite candles from Roen.

Any advice for creating a home you love? Don’t rush to decorate your home. I sold the majority of our furniture when we moved so decorating our home has been a slow process but one I have thoroughly enjoyed. I buy one big ticket item a month, like a rug or chair, and then a few accent items like a planter or ceramic. And I only buy them after I do a mockup and really think about the piece in our home. I want everything to spark joy and be a piece we’ll love for years to come.

I really value having a dedicated space to get ready and immediately fell in love with this vintage vanity.

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