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Decorating Hacks for Renters

A living space that feels generic and cold is no fun. How can you dress up a rented apartment and decorate without risking your security deposit? It’s easier than you think with these decorating hacks for renters.

Decorating Hacks for Renters by ignitevisibility

 

Decorate with Plants in Interesting Ways

Plants give your place a homey feel and a lively look. Add visual interest by hanging them in unusual containers, anything from painted watering cans to used food cans covered in contact paper to colored bottles. Use a variety of plants, including very small ones like air plants you can suspend without even planting them.

 

Paint Furniture Instead of Walls

You might not be able to paint a colorful accent wall, but you can certainly paint a piece of accent furniture, or lots of them, if that’s your style. You can use regular paint and a brush, or even spray paint. Just remember to clean the furniture first, and if it’s wood, sand and prime it before painting. Always clear coat your work afterwards.

 

Use Cloth Tapestry Style

If you can’t paint a wall, you can still cover it with cloth that you love for a tapestry look and a softer, more comfy feel. Either cover the wall or just use a panel for a pop of color and visual interest.

 

Add Unique Pieces of Furniture

You don’t have to break the bank to get gorgeous, interesting furniture in your place. You can rent a set you love, or just a signature piece that holds the room together. Shop estate sales and vintage stores for a few unusual pieces and accessories to give your place the look you want while keeping the rest of your things on budget.

 

Use Wallpaper, Contact Paper, and Cloth Creatively

Repurpose crates, wire baskets, and/or boxes into modular displays and bookshelves by placing them on their sides with cloth, contact paper, or wallpaper inside them and voila! You’ve got an appealing way to store things in style. You can also cover appliances, and most kinds of furniture.

 

Use Removable Hangers for Art

Command strips and velcro are your friends if you don’t want any nail holes in your wall. You may need to patch up paint spots when you move if you use them, but you won’t need spackle and putty. They’re also really versatile; you can attach them to frames to hand art and pictures or you can attach them to things like office clips and clothespins to swap out posters and photos regularly. You can also hang art from crown molding, lean it on shelves, mantles, or easels, or use decorative washi tape to affix small pieces.

 

Hang Curtains with a Tension Rod

Made to go in a shower, tension rods can also help your closet if you need an extra row of hanging space or your window if you need to cover it. Just add inexpensive tabbed curtains and you’re good to go.

 

Rented Chic

Just because your place is rented doesn’t mean it can’t look awesome. Remember these decorating hacks for renters and you can make sure your place is perfect for you without endangering your deposit.

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Space Saving Tips for Your New Apartment

No matter how small the space, it feels wonderful to live in your own home. That said, moving into that new studio apartment can be a challenge, especially once you realize just how much you need to cram into that space. Here are some great space-saving tips that don’t involve blasting into your walls or a million-dollar budget.

 

Create Separate “Rooms” with Curtains

If you’re in a one room space, you can “wall off” your sleeping space with curtains, creating some privacy with the ability to keep the room open when you want. Or as an alternative, use a bookcase to “create” that sleeping area, adding some storage along with the privacy.

 

Nightstand/Desk 2.0

Nightstands and desks take up a lot of space. Mount your nightstand on the wall and open up space underneath for a shoe caddy, a bookshelf, whatever. Mount a light over it on the wall, so you have more surface space. Are you a laptop user? You don’t need a full-sized desk; try a shelf and mounted light.

 

Double Duty Furniture

If you’re looking to save space, nothing is as useful as furniture than can pull double duty—and thanks to the tiny home trend, there’s a lot of it out there. For example, a sofa that converts into a bunk bed gives you a place to sit and entertain and a place for two people to sleep. Or, you can choose a sofa and murphy bed combo and get a larger bed. How about an ottoman that can also be a coffee table or a bed? Or maybe a coffee table that opens up into a storage cabinet and flattens into a dining table.

 

Use Wasted Space

Is there space above your doors? Put shelves there. A corner behind the door? You’ve got room for a small corner unit, or if not that, a tension rod with hanging baskets. Go up and down the walls all the way with shelves, magnetic bars for knives and kitchen tools, and other storage solutions. If you can’t drill into the walls, no problem; try command strips and other non-damaging fasteners.

 

Loft Bed

By choosing a loft bed, you can use the same square feet for sleeping and creating a study or work space. In this case, you’re not getting furniture that does double duty, but instead furniture that lets the space do twice as much based on its configuration. Perfect for a small room!

 

Hang Things From the Ceiling

In the kitchen, you can hang pots and pans with a hanging pot rack; add hooks to suspend utensils, too. In the bathroom, you can suspend storage baskets. In your office or study space, you can hang organizing trays.

 

Organize Under Your Bed

Even if you don’t have a loft bed, you can make that space under your bed work for you. Keep it organized with plastic totes, baskets, or crates, on casters if it’s a big enough bed to make things tough to move when they’re way in the back.

 

Saving Space in Style

Sometimes the best way to save space is to keep it simple. Instead of culling together odds and ends yourself or trying to make your older furniture work, you can rent furniture sets made to fit into certain spaces, including studio apartments and other tight spaces. Reach out to the pros at Fashion Furniture to find out how much space you can save with a coordinated set of furniture for your space.

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Essential Items for Your New Home

When you’ve made the move into your first home or apartment, and you’re ready to get comfortable and nest a little, you’ll probably remember to get the major items like a bed or a sofa. But where do you start with the rest of it? There are so many little things that might not come to mind immediately. This checklist of essential items for your new home will get you started and settled easily.

 

Keys and Locks

First thing’s first: change or re-key your locks. Family, friends, neighbors, and who knows who else probably had copies of the keys thanks to the previous owners, so change them right away. Deadbolts cost more but are undeniably safer.

 

Kitchen

The kitchen is typically the nerve center of the house, so don’t neglect it. You’ll need a table and chairs, dishes, cutlery, glasses, and cups. Cookware and other tools including saucepans, a frying pan, a baking dish, potholders, a spatula, a ladle, a colander, serving bowls, a cutting board, a set of knives, a vegetable peeler, and salt and pepper shakers. Assuming the larger appliances are already in place, you may still need a blender, a toaster, and a microwave oven. And don’t forget the garbage can, sponges, dish towels, dish soap, cleaning supplies, and a fire extinguisher. If you need to get your hands on a complete set of housewares fast, you can rent them in sets.

 

Bedroom

The bedroom is probably the room you’ll want to set up first. There you’ll need a bed and pillows, and linens including sheets, pillowcases, blankets, and a comforter or bedspread. You’ll also want a nightstand, a lamp, and possibly a mirror. For your clothes, you’ll need hangers, a hamper, and a chest of drawers. Remember to keep your bedroom private with blinds or curtains.

 

Bathrooms

Most of the key elements of your bathroom will already be there, but you’ll still need to bring a shower curtain and rings, a bath mat, a rug for the floor, a waste basket, plenty of towels and a rack for hanging them. Don’t forget to purchase cleaning supplies, and possibly first aid supplies (they need to go somewhere, and the bathroom is the logical choice in most homes).

 

Living Room

In the main gathering area your first priority is ample seating for everyone, so you’ll need a sofa, chairs, love seats, and coffee and side tables to go with them. You’ll also need lighting, possibly stands for a television or other electronics, and blinds or curtains for the windows. Finish the room with throw rugs, decorative pillows and wall hangings.

 

Laundry and Utility Room

Hopefully, your home already has a washer and dryer, but if not, your laundry room won’t be functional without them. Other essentials include a hamper, detergent, fabric softener, bleach, an ironing board, and any other laundry supplies you need. This room is also a good place to keep basic tools and supplies including a hammer, nails, hooks and other hardware, flat head and Phillips screwdrivers, pliers, a tape measure, a broom and dustpan, extra light bulbs, duct tape, batteries, a flashlight, and candles.

 

Outdoors

Outside you’ll need at least one garden hose, and possibly sprinklers or sprayer head attachments. Depending on what your yard is like, you may also need a lawnmower, a weed-whacker, a rake, a hoe, a watering can, a trowel, a push broom, a wheelbarrow, and a shovel for working on projects and cleaning up. If you plan on entertaining in your outdoor space, you’ll also want lawn chairs, a barbecue grill (even just a small charcoal grill is a great place to start), and patio furniture with an umbrella.

 

Keeping it Together

The simple act of moving is itself very stressful. No wonder it’s so easy to forget about so many different details! Fortunately, there are ways to make the process easier. It’s possible to rent a complete home package that’s both stylish and thoroughly planned, down to the last detail. Contact Fashion Furniture for more information about making your transition into your new home easier and less stressful.

Home Accessories to Make Your House More Cozy

This winter, don’t just settle in for a long winter’s nap. Instead, celebrate one of the latest international trends: the Danish concept of hygge. “Hygge,” pronounced “hugga,” is like a hug for your whole body and soul; a movement toward a cozier life. Here are some great home accessories to make your house cozier so you can achieve the ultimate hygge vibe this winter.

 

A nice, shaggy bathmat

If you’re cozying into winter, a hot bath is probably on your agenda. There are few things as comfy and soothing as a shaggy bathmat to keep your feet from getting cold. Make sure to set your favorite pair of slippers close by to keep your feet warm post-shower.

 

The overstuffed chair

Nothing feels quite like sinking into a soft, overstuffed chair with a great book on a cold night. This kind of soft chair can also be imitated with more modern pieces if you’re looking for something with a contemporary look but still super comfortable.

 

Accents in warm tones

How your rooms look makes a tremendous difference in how cozy they feel. Create some visual comfort with accent pieces in warm colors like sunny orange or yellow, or even warm beige. Smaller pieces like pillows, a sofa throw, or a centerpiece can introduce even colors that are more adventurous into more conservative environments and still look “right.”

 

Friendly house plants

If you’re not cursed with a black thumb, try introducing a few houseplants into the mix. These flora friends are calming and soothing. Bonus: try an indoor herb garden and you’ll get beauty and cozy smells like rosemary, basil, oregano, and mint.

 

The soft curtain wall

Hang curtains across a wall to create both a soft, cozy feeling and visual interest. Check out Ikea for curtains with fun designs if you’re on a budget.

Go for upholstered furniture

Cloth upholstery adds softness and invites you to cuddle. With furniture upholstered in soft-feeling cloths, you get the structure provided by the lines of the furniture, but you soften the overall effect. Look for striking pieces to rent if you’re not ready to take a permanent leap in your home’s look, or to save money without skimping on your home space.

 

Create a fireplace-centered space

Make the most of the fireplace if you have one. Choose a coffee table or other surface that you can eat on in front of the fire, and circle chairs or seats around the fire, not just the television.

 

Low light

Nothing says cozy like candles, so make sure you have candle holders you can use in each room. Better yet, opt for glass lanterns or hurricane lamps.

 

Furry friends

If you have dogs or cats, add a pet bed in the cozy living room or near the fire.

 

Gallery Wall

Hang or display your family photos in a central place to create a homey, comfortable look.

 

Tying your hygge together

This can be your coziest winter yet with the right home accessories. From choosing the right colors and fabrics to adding in natural touches like candles and plants, you can achieve a lot of coziness without a huge investment. After you achieve that hygge feeling at home, you may even be a little sorry when spring rolls around again.

5 Ways to Decorate Your Home for Fall

Looking for some autumn inspiration? Check out these 5 ways to decorate your home for fall:

Homey harvest

Dress up an accent table or create a centerpiece for dinner using gourds, squash, pumpkins, and other durable fall produce. You’ll get natural autumnal color and countrified flair.

 

Blanket statements

Adding a cozy blanket or throw to chairs and sofas, or covering a floor with a fuzzy rug, signals cooler days ahead and a warm hearth.

 

Pillow panache

Change the look of a room quickly by swapping out your throw pillows. To hail the return of fall, choose rustic patterns or earthy colors.

 

Get crafty

You can create beautiful wreaths for the door and accents for anywhere in the house using fall leaves, corn husks, twigs and branches, and dried moss. Place items in baskets, glass milk bottles, or metal watering cans for table top use.

 

Go vintage

Something about vintage accents gives your place that fall look. Place an antique piece in the living room, a gilt-edged mirror in the hall, a washboard on the porch, or a ceramic hand washing bowl on the sofa table.

 

Tying it together

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How to Blend Styles

The time has come, you have a new roommate and you need to decorate; you prefer modern design, she is a stickler for traditional. Do you give up your design aesthetic for peace in the apartment? Or fight till you get your way? Luckily there is a way you both can win by simply blending […]

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How to Make Your Dorm Room Feel Like Home

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Reasons You Should Have Rental Furniture in Your Vacation Rental

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How to Furnish Your Apartment on a Student Budget

It is no secret that the financial burden of college is heavy. With tuition, text books, rent, food, and various expenses running amuck, furnishing your home can seem like a task that your college budget just does not account for. Luckily there are various ways you can save your hard-earned dollars while making sure your home is looking good, and your personal style is intact.

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Furnishing Your Backyard for an Outdoor Event

Getting ready to host some amazing backyard get togethers this year? Or maybe you’re going all out and planning a major event like a wedding or family reunion? Either way, furnishing your backyard for an outdoor event is one of your most important tasks—and potentially one of the ways you can be most creative as you plan your bash. Here are some of our favorite tips for getting your backyard ready for any event.

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