This House Proves Bland Rentals Can Be Transformed Without Breaking the Bank (or Even Painting Every Wall)

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Name: Sofie Hepworth, husband, Bob (aka DIY Derek), and two children aged 4 and 2
Location: UK
Type of home: Semi-detached rented house
Size: 2,000 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, renting

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Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: I’m Sofie, a UK-based interiors content creator, entrepreneur, mum of two, and wife to my long-suffering DIY legend of a husband affectionately referred to as DIY Derek (real name Bob).

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Twelve months ago, we all moved into a rented house after a house purchased fell through. We hadn’t rented in over 10 years, so this was a bit of a change. The home we found was a Victorian townhouse with great proportions but was scruffy, lived-in, and very much a magnolia, soulless space after years of being rented and not much love. As someone who loves interiors and works in the world of design, I wanted to prove that even the most bland rental could be transformed into a home full of personality, color, and luxe without breaking the bank or painting every wall.

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I think my home perfectly reflects my personality. I am a positive person, a hard worker, but not someone that takes herself too seriously. I am a creative, and I am a risk taker. I think my home reflects all of these things—it’s stylish but not too serious, it’s creative and unique and doesn’t always rely on spending lots of money to create an impact. It’s a fun family home. It won’t be for everyone, but we love it and really in interiors, that’s what it’s all about!

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Colorful, bold, fresh, fun, creative

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What is your favorite room and why? My bedroom. This is the most experimental I have ever been with color; it was a journey this room and I was very nervous that it wasn’t going to work throughout the process. Peach, army green, rusty pink, and rainbow… it shouldn’t really work but it totally does. I just love the space; it makes me smile and I feel it’s such a unique space that somehow straddles being fun and sexy all at the same time.

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What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? Two pink velvet and brass office chairs from Wayfair… who doesn’t need these in their office?

Any advice for creating a home you love? Think of your home as a whole, and do not approach each room piecemeal. Flow is so important in a house; you want to think about the one thing that ties together all your rooms, a ‘red-thread’ as it’s called. That could be one unifying color, or the artwork, or like me, it could be houseplants… a botanical natural theme that runs through my whole house.

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