Well Hello There! ♥

As I Mentioned in a post earlier this month, my husband and I just found out that we are staying in West Virginia for another 3 years and it’s really put me in the nesting mood! 

Unfortunately, even though three years is long enough to really dig in and spread my decorating wings, it’s not long enough to be worth buying a home.

Because our stay has been extended but is still brief, it looks like it’s time for me to dig in, find the best rental in the area, and make it our own, the best way we know how. ♥

Let me know how you make your rental feel like a home and if you like this article please be amazing and share it on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter. ♥

Enjoy!

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♥ Emma Rae Thomas + The Pretty as Pie Team

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6 Simple Ways to Make Your Rental Apartment Feel Like Home

Photo Courtesy of Graham And Brown

Photo Courtesy of Graham And Brown

Paper Chasin’ – If you are lucky enough to have a reasonable landlord who lets you paint than seize the day, otherwise Renter Friendly Wallpapers are a fantastic way to bring some color and texture into a bland and boring room. Try Keeping the Bold Colors and Prints to one wall as an accent, and pulling the color scheme of the rooms knick-knacks and pillows out of the accent wall’s pattern to form a coordinated and unified look. 

 

Photo Courtesy of Anthropologie

Photo Courtesy of Anthropologie

Throw ’em up- Throw rugs are my jam. I love the texture. I love the color. I love the feel of their high piles on my feet! (Okay, this is getting a little weird, let’s back up.) Throw rugs are an amazing way to anchor a space and create a luxe impression before someone even experiences the rest of the room. I love to go with a high pile rug in high traffic areas to mask some of the problems that can happen with regular wear and tear and a softer rug with a little more sheen in personal areas like the bedroom and bathrooms. 

 

Photo Courtesy of Pottery Barn

Photo Courtesy of Pottery Barn

Light up the Night– Nothing says cozy like candles. They add mood lighting, scent, and even a little glam if you get the right holder. Sprinkling Candles throughout a room is one of my favorite ways to make myself relax, kickback, and feel right at home.

 

Photo Courtesy of Anthropologie

Photo Courtesy of Anthropologie

Size it Up– When trying to make a rental feel like home, the number one problem I run into is not having furniture that fits the space. If your Sectional is facing the wrong direction, or your couch is too long for your longest wall, it’s time to let go of past loves (or put them into storage ♥), size up your space, and buy some nice furniture for your new place. 

 

Photo Courtesy of Urban Outfitters

Photo Courtesy of Urban Outfitters

The Facts of Life– Adding a pet to a house always makes it feel like a home but if you aren’t lucky enough to have a landlord from heaven, adding a little green to your space might just do the trick as well. Not only will putting some plants in your pad make your feel a little more at home, it will also give you the added bonus of having cleaner indoor air, and let’s face it, who doesn’t want that! ♥

 

Photo Courtesy of ZGallerie

Photo Courtesy of ZGallerie

Take a Picture, It’ll last longer-One of the most common places people miss when trying to style a rental home is art. Art doesn’t have to be expensive, but it DOES have to be something that speaks to you and your family. Try taking photos of your favorite places and printing them in black and white or sepia. Use special time to create art together as a family out of old reclaimed wood that has been painted or stained. Change up your art once it’s in your space so that you never get board of your favorite looks and prints.