April 24, 2020

My Rented Abode #2 | Rented homes to inspire you.

Guess who’s back? Back again. My Rented Abode is back. Tell a friend.

Yes, that’s right, I’m back with a second instalment of my favourite rented homes on the internet in the last few weeks. While I never planned on having a theme, this time around I’ve most certainly been drawn to those filled with plants and greenery. It’s interesting that as we become even more connected with nature (while not really being allowed near it), that we feel the need to bring it closer to us. I think renters cottoned onto this long before most, adding in plants to their design schemes to make things just that little bit more homely. What do you think?

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

Queen of quick rental updates, Medina Grillo, gave a corner of her bedroom a refresh this week, changing it up from an office setup to a cosy reading nook. By hanging shelving in the space, Medina has created an area that can evolve with her favourite books, objects and cushions (obviously).

It’s easy to feel at a loss with the typical rental hues of greys, white and browns, but that shouldn’t stop you from adding personality to your home. Robyn shows us how to do it with photographs, trinkets and lots of plants arranged around her fireplace and a modular shelving system.

While this isn’t Katy’s typical kitchen setup, I just loved this photo too much to leave it out of the running. A reminder to give your plants a shower this weekend folks! Looking beyond the greenery, I love the simple addition of a shelf above the sink here – it’s ideal for displaying cookbooks and Katy’s favourite crockery.

For a lesson in all things vintage, head over to Faye and Jamie’s account. These secondhand furniture enthusiasts have nailed the mid-century vibe in their rented abode. If you’re low on budget, your local British Heart Foundation, Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree are the perfect place to get started on the vintage hunt. Now, let’s just appreciate that vintage console for one more second…

Undoubtedly one of the hardest rooms to add some joy to in a rented property if you can’t paint the walls is a nursery. No problem for Natasha Nuttall who opted to paint the furniture instead. She taped up these IKEA drawers and created a blue-hued delight using Earthborn’s eco-friendly paints. You can view the full nursery tour on her blog now.

It’s fair to say that the rest of Instagram was just as impressed with Paula’s rented bedroom as I was. The sunlit corner is the perfect space for light loving plants and I love how Paula has created different layers and heights with a hanging basket and leather footstool. The magazine rack allows for a quick visual update each month and doesn’t overcrowd the space.

Not sure where to start with your white box home? Rented or otherwise, it’s all about the soft furnishings. Layer up tones of creams, pinks and browns as seen in this bedroom by Velvet and Rose Decor and watch as the walls blend into the background.

I’ve talked before about rented bathrooms being notoriously hard to douse with your personality but I think Amanda of Honey Pop Kisses has managed to get the balance just right with hers. The standard room (with some weirdly added glitter) has had the vintage magic wand waved over it, with Amanda adding in ladder shelving for all her essentials, natural wood decor and some abstract artwork from Poster Lounge. Read the full rental reno story here.

This week on my own channels, I offered Lazy Oaf some tips on how to make simple updates to your rented abode or owned home. This bed linen (gifted) is from the new collaboration with Aelfie and I can’t believe how much it has added to the retro style of our seventies bedroom. The bold colours are a dream against the earthy base palette and really make the room feel a lot more playful.

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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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