A Small Rental Updated With Contact Paper, Stencils, and More
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Name: Emilie Hebert, my cat Leo
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
Size: 752 square feet
Years lived in: 2 months, renting
I moved to Colorado to attend graduate school, and hopefully I’ll be here for awhile. I signed on the apartment before I saw it in person! I live here with my tabby Leo, who really loves to look out the windows and eat some of my plants. As soon as I moved in, we painted the walls and cabinets white. Then I arranged my furniture, covered the countertops in contact paper, built my desk and shelves, and filled the space with as many plants as possible. The apartment is about 750 square feet, which is perfect for me and Leo right now. Eventually, my boyfriend and I hope to move into a bigger place with a yard, but my little jungle home is an amazing place for me to study, work, and live.
What is your favorite room and why? The kitchen. The transformation from a standard rental kitchen with linoleum tile floors and beige countertops to a bright, modern kitchen with a fun patterned floor and faux butcher block countertops is truly amazing. I put in so much work for this room: contact paper on the countertops, floor, and backsplash, stenciling the floor pattern, and painting the walls and cabinets. Because I’m a food blogger, I’m in the kitchen a lot, so I get to enjoy this room very often.
If you could magically change something about your home, what would it be? I would have south-facing windows! The light coming through those windows would be perfect for my plants.
What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? A big banana plant! I buy most of my plants from the local nursery, Facebook Marketplace, or Craigslist.
Any advice for creating a home you love? Have a Pinterest board (secret or not) to which you can pin homes that fit your style, DIY projects, or products you may want. I even created a mood board featuring some inspo pics and a general color scheme I wanted my home to follow. I’ve thrifted many things in my home: wicker baskets, plants, a copper bowl I use as a planter, and so much more. Explore your local thrift store or online secondhand marketplaces; you never know what you’ll find!
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