April 6, 2020

My Rented Abode #1 | 10 rented homes to inspire you.

Back in the midst of last year, I started tagging my own rental home interior photos with the hashtag #myrentedabode. It started as a way to look back on the progress of my own home, but as the rental interior community grew, I started actively encouraging others to use it too.

Today, the tag has over 1.7k posts and having never talked about it before over here, I wanted to share some of the beautiful rental properties that you can find featured under it. Here’s 10 of my favourite rooms of this week, which I hope will inspire you as much as they have me.

Don’t forget to tag your own rental interior grams with #myrentedabode for a chance to be featured in the next one!

Adding colour to a rental home can be tricky when you’re faced with a typical rental interior, but Megan Amey shows the difference a simple colourful print can make to the overall look of your home. Megan created the abstract wall art herself, so why not get creative in your own abodes this week?

But first, let me take a shelfie. Styling shelves is an art form (I promise) and Chelsea of Oh So Mint is a master. These carefully curated String Furniture shelves are minimal but remain full of personality. You might think that shelves are a no-no in a rented property but versions such as this will cause minimal damage to the walls and can easily be returned to normal at the end of a tenancy.

White walls act as the ideal backdrop for a boho aesthetic and if there is one person who continually nails a warm but neutral colour palette, it’s Kate from Fabric of my Life. This curvy rattan chair has been topped off with a woven Talea cushion from Collective Stories – handmade by artisans from the all-women cooperative in Nahualá, Guatemala.

With everyone setting up their office at home right now, I couldn’t help but share Allie from Rush and Teal’s living area. Seriously, I adore Allie’s loft apartment vibes. This slimline console desk is the perfect addition for anyone short on square footage, while the green velvet chair looks as comfortable as it does chic.

Maisie Rees is known for her colourful rental abode AND the budget DIYs she fills it with. Check out her recent glow up in the form of this £5 cane chair from her local British Heart Foundation store. Maisie used a Rustoleum neon pink spray on the classic vintage number, turning it into a brightly-hued accent for her colour-coded bookcase.

Sometimes feeling at home is just about setting up a cosy corner on the weekend and enjoying a good ol’ brew with furry friend in tow. Mollie Manning sure got the memo this week, with her pooch Harley ensuring that the souk-style rug was cosy enough for a cuddle.

Every now and then an image stops you in your tracks and that’s exactly what happened when I saw this shot by interior stylist Clare Piper. Clare built this shelving herself (after watching a few YouTube tutorials), adding in a perfectly-sized desk found on Gumtree and a vintage Ercol chair.

For a lesson in coffee table styling, take a look at this post by everyone’s favourite colour lover Zeena Shah. Zeena has layered books, shells and candles on her West Elm mid-century coffee table (I own the same one), finishing the look with a vase of pretty in pink tulips. Staying at home has never been so easy.

Let’s face it, bathrooms are one of the hardest rooms to make your own in a rented pad but Gemma Louise has created the ultimate relaxation station in hers. By adding plants, candles, a wooden bath rack and a simple footstool, Gemma has created an ambience that’s made for a soothing Sunday night.

On my own channels this week, I’ve been talking about the importance of the small details that make a home yours. The objects you choose to adorn your home with are a reflection of your personality and curating them is something I personally find very therapeutic. From tacky Eiffel Tower souvenirs to the hate plate by Dan Jamieson, every decorative item I own reminds me of some point in my life.

Tag #myrentedabode for a chance to be featured. For more interior inspiration, colour clashing and general life admin, check out the rest of my blog. Follow me on InstagramPinterest and Twitter for more of the EJP in your life.


  1. Kate says:

    Such a lovely round-up! Thanks for introducing me to so many fabulous renter accounts (and for including mine too, xx)

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Emma Jane Palin is a freelance art consultant, interior stylist and multi-award-winning blogger residing in Margate, UK. She has worked with various home and lifestyle brands not limited to West Elm, Apple, John Lewis, Habitat, MADE, Caran D'Ache + No.3 Gin. Emma is also a regular contributor to Hunker where she writes about design trends and interior advice.

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