5 Unexpected, Smart Decorating Ideas to Steal from The Home Depot and Vrbo’s Lake Front Rental House

published Nov 2, 2022
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Living room and kitchen area in the Berkshires Makeover
Credit: The Home Depot

The Home Depot has teamed up with Vrbo to launch The Berkshires Home Makeover, a rental property in Massachusetts that’s decked out in furniture, appliances, textiles, and decorative accessories exclusively from The Home Depot. Guests not only can book the home to experience the products — and the beauty of the Berkshires — firsthand, but items are also shoppable on The Home Depot’s website to get the look at home. 

In order to redecorate the home, the brands tapped a group of influencers to tackle a few different spaces in the home: Holly and Brad Lauritzen of Our Faux Farmhouse, Danielle Guerrero of Our Nest on Powell, and Fariha Nasir of Pennies for a Fortune. I got a sneak peak of the home before the house officially opened its newly redesigned doors, and let me just say: The bright decorating ideas were aplenty, will inspire you to take on your own redecorating project. The best part? So many of the tips don’t involve a total renovation, but rather just deliberate design tweaks that all add up to make a big impact. 

Credit: Danielle Blundell

Level up wire shelving with covers.

If you can spring for wooden built-in shelves or cubbies in your closets or you’re lucky enough that your house came with these kinds of quality features, good for you. For rentals and new builds that have wire shelving though, don’t worry. The Lauritzens found the perfect solution for sprucing it up, which they installed in the kitchen pantry: plastic covers! They come in a number of different colors and lend a more bespoke look to a budget-friendly storage solution. You just have to buy covers with the right dimensions to match your wired pieces. 

Credit: Danielle Blundell

Conceal small features that aren’t pretty to look at with wallpaper.

Guerrero was in charge of the home’s entry, where she hid an unsightly electric panel with a bit of wallpaper that blends into the walls around it. The only thing to keep in mind here is that if you have to maintain access, so read up on how to properly execute this DIY in advance if you want to attempt it. 

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Use the same camouflaging concept on larger features you don’t like either.

Nasir didn’t feel like the mirrored closet doors in the bedrooms she made over jibed with the calm, nature-inspired vibe she was creating in them. So she wallpapered both to match their respective walls. If you want to use traditional wallpaper to do this in your own space, she recommends priming first for best results. You could also try peel-and-stick wallpaper. The Lauritzens did the same thing in the primary bedroom but used beadboard instead.

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Mixing metals is foolproof if you follow this one rule.

Nasir also mixed metals liberally in the bedrooms she decorated. Her tip for nailing this eclectic look with visual continuity? Just keep the undertones the same; pair warm finishes with other warms and cools with other cools, as you can see at work here in this super-sophisticated twin bedroom.

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Cozy up an outdoor fire pit area with a rug underfoot.

As long as your fire pit is powered by gas, you can spruce it up by rolling out a rug underneath it. Have fun with patterns and color because there’s no need to worry about ash or soot here.

More information about the design and products used in The Berkshires Home Makeover can be found at The Home Depot.