Friday, July 23, 2010

5 ideas for decorating a rental - ish and chi

What inspired me this morning?
Well, apart from my son telling me not to go to work and offering me his piggy bank instead (he’s 2 and a half!), on my daily reading I came across this helpful post from Ish & Chi.
Hope you like it as much as I did.It happens to all of us to move to a rental at some stage and my first one was a disaster because I didn’t feel it was MY PLACE! This post might give you some ideas.

So what inspired you today? Leave a comment or email me!

1. Wallpapered panels

Just because you live in a rental, doesn't mean you can't enjoy wallpaper on a large scale. My suggestion is to use large pieces of plywood/MDF, paper it with your favourite pattern and then frame with a thin border. The panels would look great on any bare walls or as a bed head.

If you prefer not to display wallpaper in this way and on a large scale, perhaps you might like to add a hint of pattern to your home by lining drawers with any type of decorative paper that will make you smile when you open them.

2. Large leaning mirrors

Lean large ornate mirrors against walls for extra glam and to open up spaces. Perfectly suited for a bedroom or bathroom. Just be sure it is safe and won't topple, especially if you have curious kids. You can fix the mirror to the wall and still have it leaning but please check if you can make holes in the wall before attempting this.

3. Swap out the pendant lights or shades

Make sure you keep the old ones to replace again when you leave. Do check that this too won't cause issues.

4. Window covering for privacy

If your kitchen window stares straight into another person's home try covering with decorative film for a little extra privacy. Just be sure the film doesn't leave behind a sticky residue.

5. Storage solutions

Storage can sometimes be an issue in rentals. A bookcase filled with pretty boxes can be used as storage. Try kikki-k for a nice selection of cloth storage boxes.

A study desk can also double as storage and hide computer wires by covering with a bold fabric to hide away the contents underneath.

(1. Apartment Therapy, ish and chi; 2. Real Living, avante garde design; 3. Shade of Light; 4. The Happy Home Blog {it is a painted stencil but gives an idea of what decorative film can look like with the right pattern}, Brume; 5. ish and chi, Absolutely Beautiful Things)


  1. Hi Jessica,
    I'm following here. Great ideas on storage and the film on the window idea.
    Coleen (coleenfranks) Be my blog follower on blogger

  2. I love the decorative film for the window coverings, I wouldn't mind trying that - I don't know where to get the film though! You have a really cute blog, it's fun to check out all the ideas. I'm from the blogger swap on swap-bot, as oliviarrow and adding a link to your blog in a post on mine soon.

  3. I'm Agnetha from Swap-bot. I'm now following you in the 'Be my blog follower on Blogger' swap.

    Have a great day!!

  4. Wow! Your 2 1/2 year old said that - how adorable!
    Have you checked out this site for some inspiration?
    I am entering a new DIY phaze in my life and found their DIY section to be AMAZING.
    Good luck & I love your inspiration photos!

    sarahc418 (swap bot)

  5. Love the idea for wallpapered panels. I definitely have to use it myself! So nice to have good suggestions for can't-paint-the-walls renters like myself. Plus, you can always move the panels around the room for a different look. :)

    ~TallysTreasury from swap-bot

  6. I agree with Tal. I wallpapered panels are great! Thanks for the suggestions!

  7. Thanks for sharing. Great article.

    Jessica (J3ss1ca: Swap-Bot)


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