After 11 Homes in 17 Years, This Blogger Is a Rental Makeover Master — House Tour

Name: Jewel Marlowe and familyLocation: Jamestown, Rhode IslandSize: 3,000 square feetYears Lived In: 10 months, renting “As a military family, we have learned that even short-term rentals can have high style. This 10-month rental home is a prime example,” shares Jewel Marlowe, blogger, interior stylist, and frequent customizer of rental homes. “In less than a year I have added wallpaper, color, and an eclectic-glam vibe to this, our 11th home in 17 years of marriage (not a typo).” READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

This Couple Dramatically DIY'd Their Tiny Rental Kitchen & Now It's Awesome

Courtney Duffey has lived in her micro New York apartment for a couple of years now. Together with her carpenter boyfriend, she’s DIY’d much of 225-square-foot space to make it more livable and homey. The kitchen is teeny tiny, but some of the most mighty changes happened in that one small area. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Real Homes, Real Solutions: 20 Reversible Ideas to Overhaul Your Rental Bathroom NOW

READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Renter-Friendly Budget DIYs You Can Do This Long Weekend (That Actually Look Good)

Faced with a long weekend ahead of you, if you’ve got the itch to do a little DIY project to improve the way your rental home looks, this post’s for you. All from the same insanely stylish rental apartment in a basement, these two projects are fast, affordable and most of all… attractive enough you’d actually like to display. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Renter-Friendly Window Treatments That Don't Damage Walls

Most of the time, I’m okay with skirting around a landlord’s rules and will happily drill holes to hang art and curtains. However, every now and then, you meet a landlord who’s such a stickler, you wouldn’t even dare bring a drill into the apartment. If you find yourself in such a situation, these damage-free ideas for hanging curtains will help you keep your privacy—and your security deposit. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Would You Ever "Rent Blindly?" I Have—4 Times!

In the past seven years, my family and I have been through seven moves. That may seem like a lot, but as a former military spouse and sailor, I can tell you it’s normal for families like mine. You don’t just move—you move quickly: You only get 10 days after you transfer to a new duty station to find a house and move into it. Yeesh! Most of the time, families spend those first days in a hotel (which, thankfully, the military pays for), but I was rarely interested in this option. For me, finding a home before I moved Read More

You've Been Using Command Strips All Wrong

Command strips are game changers for renters and dorm residents — or really anyone really who doesn’t want to do damage to their walls. We love all the ways they are handy around the house, use them all the time in our studio for photoshoots, and have learned a thing or two about best practices. If you haven’t cracked the Command strip code, and still have issues making them work for you, avoid these six common, but preventable mistakes. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Banish Bare Walls, Even in a Rental: The Best Sources for Removable Wallpaper

The thought of applying wallpaper to smooth and clean walls used to make one shudder. After all, the wallpaper of yesteryear was quite permanent. Here in the 21st century, there’s a lot of removable wallpaper on the market – so whether you have a short attention span or you’re in a rental, you can still get in on the fun. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

6 Clever Ways to Customize Kitchen Cabinets With Contact Paper

There are tons of adhesive wall decorations out on the market right now — call it contact paper, vinyl decals, shelf paper or removable wallpaper. Any of the above is a great go-to for enhancing your kitchen cabinets on the fly. Easy to remove, and very affordable, these are also a very do-able stopgap measure before your dream kitchen makeover. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Real Life Rental Upgrades That Happened in a Weekend (or Less)

Renters seek the balance between wanting a nice place to live, but not spending too much on a temporary home or making major permanent alterations on a space that’s not theirs. But by zeroing in on a few simple and inexpensive — yet impactful — projects, you can really refresh a space without busting your budget or making huge, irreparable changes. All it takes is a few ideas and one weekend. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico