Today we've got another awesome post brought to you guys by Alexandria Wade, you can see her previous post, 5 simple tips to create a better life here. Newer to the blog and curious to see my previous rental? You can see that HERE. I recently found the photos of my previous rentals (think like, 10 years back) and it's sort of ridiculous-- my style hasn't changed almost at all. Prints on prints. Flowers everywhere. And with the exception of this rental in the photo above, plants everywhere too. And hey, at one point I had a 4x4 foot weaving loom instead of a dining table. Crazy, right? #themoreyouknow. ANYWAY, hope you're having an amazing day! Onto Alex's post------
So you just moved in to your new apartment? And maybe all your thinking about is how limited you feel? Well, guess what – you can still make your house a home! It may be a challenge, but at least it’s a fun one!
When looking for a place to live (even when temporary), it’s always smart to look for good natural lighting. It’s a natural, easy, and cheap mood booster. If you’re already living somewhere dim, use mirrors to enhance lighting and give an open feeling.
ASK! Some landlords don’t mind as long as the color is neutral or if you paint it back to the original color when you move out. Otherwise, paint pieces of décor that you can, like chairs, tables, etc.
Determine your style:
Figure out your style of décor and main colors. This will help when you are picking pieces for your home. Have a plan so you make purchases that go together and mix well in the home you’ve been given.
Plants: Seriously, these green babies will be your best friend. They add color and life to any home in the simplest way.
Alternate hanging options:
There’s lots of magical new inventions – like command strips – which allow you to hang on walls without using nails. Take advantage of technology! If hanging isn’t working out, sit pictures and decor against the wall on the floor or table. Think beyond the walls: It’s easy to look at walls that are the wrong color or feel limited by what you can put on your walls but there are always other areas to decorate! Use rugs, fun table décor, knick-knacks, good curtains, pillows, and even wastebaskets!
Think beyond the walls:
It’s easy to look at walls that are the wrong color or feel limited by what you can put on your walls but there are always other areas to decorate! Use rugs, fun table décor, knick-knacks, good curtains, pillows, and even wastebaskets!
Going with thinking beyond your walls, think about using daily items as décor. Stack books along the wall or sit your vinyls in a crate.
You may need to think out of the box, but it can be done. Regardless of how temporary your home might be, it can still be beautiful and feel like you. So go get ‘em kid!
Alex is the owner of Midland Reach. She resides in Springfield, MO, where she graduated from Evangel University with a business degree. She's been working with creatives since interning at A Beautiful Mess. Between working on a décor team in college and my internship, she realized how much she loves working with creatives and developing strategies in business and marketing. It then led to her own little blog and business helping creatives, bloggers, and small businesses in general. If you need help with creating building a sponsorship program or managing your marketing, reach out to her! :)
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