Ever find yourself super inspired at the beginning of a project, only to find yourself losing steam a few months down the road?
Let me tell you, I often end up feeling that way. My apartment is no exception. It’s hard to stay in love with your place when you spend far too much time browsing pictures of beautiful homes on Pinterest.
Here’s the issue. My apartment is simple. It’s basic, void of any glamour or architectural charm. That being said, I have seen so many plain old apartments like mine, so I can’t possibly be alone!
For all of you in the same basic box like me, I decided to make a round up of my favourite rented spaces. If you look closely, you’ll see that none of these homes have particularly amazing bones, but these renters have done an amazing job with them!
1. Colourful and Eclectic
I love her mix of vintage and unique pieces with big box store basics like her expedit shelves in her little office nook. And even though her living room is small, she does a great job making it feel cosy instead of cramped with this small scale white sofa and ottoman.
2. Mid-Century Modern Mix
I’m a huge fan of adding clean lined mid-century modern pieces and this home is no exception. I would never have thought of putting a dresser in the living room, especially of making it do double duty as a mini bar! Plus, that gallery wall? Fantastic.
What comes off as character in her home I bet wasn’t nearly as nice in her first walk through. She adds just the right amount of modern with those industrial kitchen chairs and crisp striped shower curtain (below) that it comes off looking charming and purposeful.
3. Feminine Glam
Do you not LOVE that living room? If I was the only one living in our space, I would definitely want to add more shots of pink like she has.
Even though it reads girly, it’s still tasteful. And somehow she manages to pull it off in a tiny little rectangle studio. Talk about smart furniture and layout choices.
Also, I love love love that little secretary desk, especially the way she placed it on it’s side to create a divide between her “bedroom” and her living area. I might have to pick one up before I go back to school next year…
4. Unique New York
Let’s really talk “blank boxes”, shall we?
Can you BELIEVE that’s the same space? Now we’re not all professional sought after designers, nor is this really my personal style per se, but you can’t ignore how fabulous this transformation is.
Emily didn’t even paint the walls, yet she pulls together a unique and welcoming family space. Just think of what a basic bookshelf like this could do for your walls!
5. Gorgeous Pastel Townhome
If I could have anyone design my home, it would be Sarah Dorsey. She has done AMAZING things with this basic town home, most of which was built by her and her hubby! She blows my mind.
That gorgeous backdrop in her bedroom? Handmade.
So much of the personality she added to the space are her own creations or upcycled pieces. The chairs, the word art, the bookcases… I believe those curtains are even created from her own stencil. You must take a look at her blog!
And the most surprising part? She makes it look that great, with carpet. I STRUGGLE making do with our carpet. Hardwood is like a good pair of jeans. So much easier to create a look with depth and interest. Carpet is like black pants. It can look nice, but mostly it ends up looking flat, in my opinion. With all her varied elements of texture and colour, you forget she even has carpet in her home!
I hope these little virtual tours have inspired you like they have me in my own home! I may just have enough motivation to tackle our layout issues in the living room…
Have a wonderful week!