Refined Rentals!

Do you live in a rental property and constantly feel your creativity being curbed by the constraints of not owning your place?  I’m guessing for most of us, the answer to that question will be yes!  Home is somewhere you should feel you belong and it should reflect who you are as an individual.  Just like fashion, styling your home is an extension of your personality.  And until the day that you decide to purchase that blank canvas home, it can feel like a part of your identity is missing in the midst of all those magnolia walls and beige carpets!  But there are lots of clever ways we can make a rental feel like home and unleash some of that pent up creativity!  Here are some ideas on how to do just that!

Temporary Wallpaper

Temporary wallpaper is an excellent way to make a huge impact in a space.  It’s even great for home owners who are commitment phobes!  You can easily pop this up and change it when the mood takes you!  Wallpaper has made a huge come back and there is no better way to add drama and your own sense of style to a room.  You can purchase temporary wall paper from stores such as  Tempaper, Sherwin-Williams and Design Your Wall.  It’s pre-glued so you just pop it up and use a damp sponge to loosen glue when taking it down.

 

No Room With A View!

If you have unsightly older windows or a view that you would rather hide that show off, using a pretty privacy film can solve the problem.

 

Hanging Art & Photographs

This can be one of the most common problems in rentals as most landlords wont allow you to use nails.  Some clever ways around this is to use Commands line of temporary hooks and velcro strips below.  They come off as easily as they go on and won’t damage your walls.

 

Temporary Back splash

This is a clever idea that can make a big impact in your kitchen!  Fasades are thin thermoplastic panels that attach to your wall with specifically made durable double sided tape.

 

Faux Granite Bench Tops

Another clever idea to completely change the look of your kitchen is to apply temporary counter top covers in faux granite!

 

Washi Tape

This Japanese tape has endless uses!  It can be used to create wall art, gift wrapping, updating jars or pottery and as seen below, it can be used on walls to create impact in such a simple way.  It’s inexpensive and comes off as easily as it goes on!

 

Of course there are even easier ways to put your own mark on your space using simple things like decorative pillows, rugs, throws, curtains and your own decorative ornamental pieces.  But if you want to go that little bit further and inject a little more of you into your home, the above ideas are easy and will give you that personalized look to make that home ‘your’ home!

Thrifty Tuesday – 10 Frugal Finds Under $50!

I am a self confessed green groupie!  But this came about only as I have gotten older.  It was my mother’s favourite colour so I always associated it with being old fashioned!  But years on and I have learned to appreciate the beauty of this charismatic colour.  Emerald was named colour of the year for 2013 by Pantone.  But green seems to be appearing everywhere in all shades and I think we will continue to see around for a while.  Green is associated with tranquility and health and is deemed a perfect colour for bedrooms but I think it looks stunning in any room!  An easy way to bring this beautiful on trend colour into your home is by adding a few simple accessories, so lets have a look and see what’s out there in this charming colour for under 50 bucks!

Funky Personalized Vintage Birth Print $35 http://www.hardtofind.com.au

 
Your cornflakes will taste better in this beauty $19.95 http://jumbledonline.com
 
Hida Small Bowl in Green
 
Retro Tea/Coffee Tin $19.95 http://www.larkstore.com.au
 
Green Flowers Tea & Coffee Tin
 
100% Linen Bonnie and Neil Napkins $20 http://www.southwoodhome.com.au
 
Madenhair napkin by Bonnie and Neil - green
 
Perfect eggs every time with this Lauscha glass timer $33 http://timberandtonic.com.au
 
 
Baroque Frame (8×10) $18.95 from Outliving http://www.virtualmerchant.com.au
 
 
Hive Vessel $24.20 http://www.freedom.com.au
 
Hive Vessel 30cm  Meadow Green
 
Self watering plant pot $14.99 http://www.ikea.com
 
JUBEL Self-watering plant pot IKEA Will help your plant to thrive, even if you can't water regularly.
 
Table Runner $40.39 from Proper Pillow on http://www.etsy.com
 
White Table Runner - Green Color, Lime, off-White Color,  Modern Table Runner 108 inch 108" long
 
Keep your drinks hot or cold in Boho style with this Moroccan style thermos made from plastic and glass $49.95 http://cornerstore.net.au
 
 
My favourite find this week has to be the Thermos bottle above.  Apart from being practical, I think it would look stunning displaying some pink roses doubling up as a vase!  What’s your favourite find this week?