Episode #25: Decor Inspiration For Renters

This week’s episode is all about decor inspiration for renters! About half of the ABM audience rents, so if you’re a long-term renter, this one’s for you!!!

You can stream the episode here on the blog or on iTunesSpotifyGoogle PlayTuneInPocket Casts, and Stitcher. You can find the podcast posts archive here.

Show notes:
We’re each giving three renter-friendly tips!

Elsie 1- Make your own art. Here’s the fiber art pictured above and there are so, so many more DIY art projects in our archives.

Emma 1- Consider removable wallpaper or paint (a lot of time you can get permission if you paint it back!). Here’s a post about our favorite removable wallpaper on Etsy. Other brands we love are Walls Need Love, Chasing Paper and Spoonflower.

Elsie 2- Invest in pieces you can take with you! I suggest a great sofa, coffee table and some rugs (8×10 and 2×3 size are most likely to translate).

Here’s the bed my parents got me that I’ll probably keep forever. You can see it above in two different rooms, but I moved it probably 10 different times over a 10-year period.

Other great purchases I made early on were a good quality dresser, coffee table and mirrors.

Emma 2- Lighting

-Swap light fixtures.

-Add twinkle lights.

Elsie 3- Thrift your heart out! (obviously we mean AFTER the virus outbreak is over—not right now).

Some spots I find great things—Facebook Marketplace, flea markets, Goodwill and shopping vintage on Etsy, eBay and EBTH.

There is SO much educational value in finding $10 furniture and painting it and making it over yourself. The possibilities are ENDLESS.

Here’s a photo from 10 years ago (ish?) that shows my home decorated with all things I thrifted (and my outfit too).

Do you like to decorate with books?? (please say yes!) Used books are a great collection to work on.

McKay’s bookstore in Nashville (great for records too!).

Emma 3- Inexpensive rugs or curtains. These can really update a room!!!

Area rugs for under $500.

Shoutout to @hotpinkpineapples Wow, wow, wow … this girl is so talented and the ultimate inspiration of what you can do as a renter!!

Reader question about transitioning to a different career as well as how to choose a career (we talk for 10 minutes on this, like we usually do when there’s a business-related question).

*If you’re enjoying the podcast, please share it with someone this week!! Thank you, thank you! Love, Elsie + Emma

  • OMG – thank you so much for responding to my question! I about burst into tears when I heard it. I really loved your advice but will have to go back and listen again later, once I’ve calmed down – haha. Thanks for taking the time to give such a thoughtful answer – this totally made my week!

  • Such amazing decor inspiration. Love the bright colours and how well everything matches. Definitely the best decor ideas for renters. I couldn’t resist myself and I redecorate the kitchen in a rental flat and I encourage everyone to do so if they have permission from their landlord.
    Here is a little inspiration with video included, about how I redecorated the kitchen http://missmv.com/rental-kitchen-makeover-with-a-small-budget/

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