Friday, November 28, 2014

Decorating For Renters

Hey folks!  Are you still stuffed from all the turkey and dressing yesterday?  I am.  Too much good food in one place.  We've got some leftovers so I plan on diving in for more.

I want to talk about renters today.  Many people are renters.  I remember my first apartment with my husband.  It was pretty plain and I wasn't into the design thing then.  I think I could have cared less about what was on the walls.  Maybe it was because we were renters.  We did have a red sofa though that I loved.

Being a renter can deter a person from decorating.  But why?  Where we live is our home and it should be decorated to our taste.  You want to feel like you when you go there at the end of the day.  I thought it would be fun to put together a room of affordable pieces for renters.  Most treatments need to be temporary so they can be removed at the end of the leasing period.

So here's where you start.  You've found the perfect place and you have a blank space.

 via Renters Pages

Where do you go with the decor?  Can you paint the walls?  Can you hang pictures which means putting holes in the walls?  Can you change the light fixtures?

1. Use washi tape - You can make a fun pattern on the wall and easily remove it when you're done.

2. Vinyl wall decals - This is simply peel and stick.  No damage done to the walls.

3. Create a gallery wall - Add some of you and your family into the space.  If you are hesitant about putting a million holes in the wall, consider command strips.

4. Removable wallpaper - It goes up easy, looks fabulous, and comes down in a snap.

Are the light fixtures not quite your style?  You can easily make a few tweaks to the existing light or change it out completely.


1. Cover up an existing light fixture - Instead of removing the old light, use a shade to hide it.

2. Use a decorative bowl to make it a feature - This homeowner used a metal bowl to make a standard builder light look fancy.

3. Add wireless pendants - I didn't know there was such a thing but this is a great option to add some wow to the kitchen.

Finally, add some color and pattern throughout using pillows and accent pieces.  Accessories are the key to pulling it all together.

zebra pillow
subway sign
gold urchin
decorative ball
sunburst mirror
black and white pillow 

So the finished product can still be beautiful, renting or not.

  coffee table
chevron pillow
red pillow 
globe pendant

So if you're renting, there are so many ways to make the space your own.  Inject your own personality and make sure you ask the landlord what things you can and cannot change.

What ways have you decorated your rental?

You're reading Decorating For Renters by Andrea, originally posted on Decorating Cents.  If you've enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Andrea on Facebook, Pinterest, Bloglovin, and Hometalk.

Monday, November 24, 2014

A Rug for the Living Room

I finally found a rug I love.  The living room has been living without a rug for quite a while now.  I was kept trying to convince myself it didn't need one because the room isn't used often.  But every time I looked over, it just looked incomplete.  It was lacking an extra detail.


Target has been having some crazy sales lately and I caught the Veteran's Day sale where all rugs were on sale with an additional 10% off.  I scrolled through and this one caught my eye.  It was gray and had a unique geometric pattern.  The great thing about Target is if I'm not satisfied with my online purchase, I can return it to the store.

I knew when it arrived it was perfect.  The size is 7x10 which is perfect for this room.  All the furniture fits on nicely.  The pattern isn't too busy or large and doesn't compete with the others in the room.

Now this room feels more complete.  The rug anchors the furniture and brings it all together.

You're reading A Rug for the Living Room by Andrea, originally posted on Decorating Cents.  If you've enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Andrea on Facebook, Pinterest, Bloglovin, and Hometalk.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Holiday Gift Guides

It's that time...time for holiday shopping that is.  Thanksgiving is next week.  After that, it's full speed ahead.  I know I can be a hard person to shop for.  I never really know what I want, especially if you want me to make a list.

I've come up with a guide for women like me who like nice things but can't always think of it at the moment.  I'm more of a see it, want it kind of girl.  All these are under $50.


knit scarf 
faux leather tote
rain boots
nail polish
  quilted vest
Alright, I gave you the her version of the gift guide, so here is the him version.

My husband isn't too hard to shop for.  I've figured out what he likes over the years.  He tends to be more specific on his list.  Here are a few things your guy might like.

mock neck sweater
 flannel scarf
sleep pants
 skincare kit

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet or are you a last minute shopper?

You're reading Holiday Gift Guides by Andrea, originally posted on Decorating Cents.  If you've enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Andrea on Facebook, Pinterest, Bloglovin, and Hometalk.
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