If you are a renter like me, you know the struggle of the apartment hunting process, actually moving, and trying to nest and decorate your rental space as if it were your own.

I have been a renter since 2006 when I moved into my college apartment with a roommate. After some roommate shuffling, I ended up living with a friend from high school who coincidently ended up at the same university in the same theater department! Weird right? At this point in time, decorating was not a real priority. I received a bunch of hand-me-down furniture from family and friends.

It wasn’t until 2009 that decorating became a priority. Why… you ask? Because I moved into my first place by myself! It was my 450 square foot studio apartment with a queen size murphy bed! That little space was the first time I really felt the desire to make it look pretty as well as decluttered and organized. Thankfully there was a lot of built-in storage in that space because not a lot of studio apartments do.

I have moved a few times since this first apartment experience and I am sharing my experiences as well as expertise. I have moved to places 600 sq. ft. to 1000 sq. ft. Having lived in both large and small complexes, I am sharing what has and hasn’t worked for me.

Hot Tip** Sometimes you have the ability to either negotiate with your landlord to replace dated pieces in your unit like faucets and appliances. I was able to update my old dated faucet in my current space to a Moen reflex faucet. It is a much better experience washing dishes since I don’t have a dishwasher. 

For some of you, the small spaces page will also assist you with your decorating needs.

Here is a collection of articles from my blog that should help you with your rental decorating needs. From design and decor tips to DIY and moving tips.

This page will help you navigate each rental space you move into and out of.