As we wait for the housing market to improve, many of us find renting to be a nice solution. Like others in our neighborhood, we rent out our personal home during the peak vacation season. While our home is being rented, we rent another home. As a result, I’m always on the hunt for budget-friendly design ideas.
Here’s a simple design idea for adding some style to a rental home without having to make big, expensive changes. I’ll start with the small room I’m using as my home office.
DESIGN DILEMMA: Tiny room with a big depressing, blank wall. The paint color is an off-white with an orange tint…not easy to work with. Repainting is not allowed.
BUDGET-FRIENDLY SOLUTION: In lieu of pricey artwork, I hung a series of inexpensive white plates. The dramatic grouping adds visual interest and a warmer cream, and therefore distracts from the existing wall color. All of the plates totaled $80. I offset the monochromatic look with a pop of color – a fun blue side table found at a local second hand shop. This is big impact design that is very easy to install and take down when you move.
Plates – Marshall’s and T.J. Maxx
Blue side table – Ava’s Attic Consignment shop 850.424.6767
Flowers – Bella Flora 850.267.1111
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The beautiful flower arrangement is from new sponsor, Bella Flora. I’m obsessed with everything in their shop!
Whenever I want pretty flowers, I just tell owner, Melanie to design whatever she wants…that’s the best way to get a beautiful arrangement. She knows I love white and always takes care of me there ; ) This time she surprised me with her handmade, moss-covered container. I never know what to expect from her designs, which makes it that much more exciting.