Have you ever seen the movie The Secret Life of Pets? The plot is pretty much spelled out in the title, but the premise is this: Pets, when left to their own devices, lead very different lives than their owners think. They have different identities, different interests, and get into all sorts of dramatic situations. The movie is basically Toy Story, but with cats and dogs instead of toys. Like any pet owner does, I too have pondered on what sort of secret life my own pets have. Do they go ballistic the moment I turn the lock? Do they secretly cuddle all day, only to shun each other the moment I step foot through the front door? I had no idea what they did all day while I'm gone at work, but I was nosy enough to want to figure it out.
With the new school year right around the corner, those of you who are heading back to college are probably thinking about how to decorate your dorm room this year. Well, we're here to help! Today we have 75 awesome DIY dorm decor ideas to give your space a unique, custom feel. Click through to check 'em out.
About to move? Do you mostly love your new home, but there are just a few things that are outdated and won't stop bugging you?
Don't worry, you can still love your house in transition. Here are eight simple (and mostly inexpensive) things you can do on (or soon after) move in day to help your house feel more like you.
This little kitchen was the remaining evidence of an attempted house flip gone bad. The old home had great bones, but a few serious structural issues, discovered once the previous owner/flipper opened up all the old walls. The kitchen became too much for them to handle, and that's when we stepped in.
When we found the house, we knew most of the renovation budget would go behind the walls (plumbing, electrical, structural repairs), so the kitchen finishes would have to happen on a serious budget. As you can see, this space would need everything, from the floors up. We planned on renting this home, but I always believe in making things as homey and cute as possible. We stuck to our budget by going with stock cabinets, stock countertops, vinyl floors while keeping things bright and functional. And, if I may say so myself, I think it turned out great! Read on to see how we did it.
Hello to my fellow renters! Here's the situation: I've been fighting with my kitchen ever since I moved into my apartment. It's completely functional, but it's not ideal for the following reasons: it's way too small, the cabinets do nothing to help visually, and the walls have been stained from cooking accidents of years past. I wanted to class the joint up a bit, and decided to install a fake backsplash by way of removable vinyl wallpaper.
If you're currently renting an apartment or studio, you might feel limited in the projects you can undertake. Not true! There's no reason let the homeowners hog all the fun. While extreme renovations like tearing down a wall are definitely out of the question, there's no end to the amount of landlord-friendly do-it-yourself projects out there. For those of you wondering how to decorate an apartment, we've rounded up 70 of our favorite rental-approved DIYs. From temporary transformations to space-saving projects, there's lot of DIY to go around in the world of apartment decorating.
Living in a rental is not my ideal situation, but I’ve learned to make the best of the space that I have and still make the customizations that I want. One of the best ways to customize a space is with a fun accent wall, and for renters who cannot paint or apply wallpaper, removable wallpaper is king! I wanted to create a completely customized accent wall without painting it, so instead, I created customized removable wallpaper using a form of solid-colored contact paper.
Just because you live in a rental apartment doesn't mean that you can't rework it to fit your own taste - there are so many easy ways to customize it to reflect your personality. You just have to get a little creative! Here are ten great tips for making your rental living room feel like home. Your home.
Apartment-living, like anything in life, comes with its own set of pros and cons. Con: the walls are so thin you can hear your next door neighbors breathing. Pro: when the 20-year-old fridge in your kitchen inevitably breaks, you're not the one who has to replace it! I've been living in rentals for about eight years now, and while one day I'd like to buy a little fixer-upper of my own, for now I'm figuring out how to enjoy the temporary spaces I inhabit. Here are a few tricks I've learned that can help you put your own mark on your apartment. Bonus - everything is reversible, so you don't have to worry about a disgruntled landlord!
Our basement family room was recently given a much needed makeover! The space was totally out of date, dark and uninviting. I started with giving the walls a fresh coat of white paint and brought in some new pieces for the room. Still, the space was asking for something a little more modern and one-of-a-kind. Since I love plants SO much and I try to have one in every room possible, I created a fun this super simple plant wall to show off my little green collection and add some serious life to the space!
This is not a post about deceiving your landlord. This post is about updates you can make to your rental that more than likely don't need your landlord's permission. My husband and I are landlords. Rentals are a part of our full-time job; so here are some things WE wouldn't mind you doing if you lived in our rentals ... and I bet your landlord might feel the same way.
The gym and assembly hall of a classic Victorian schoolhouse located in London has shed its former function and now serves as a unique apartment. Highlights include a soaring curved ceiling, four huge
The trouble with renting apartments is that they often come with a "no painting" clause in the contract. This is truly the bane of my renting existence, but hope is not lost! When Interior Designer Stephanie Sabbe found herself with walls with a bad case of the "no-paint blahs", and put herself right to work. The result is something that would also make my walls very happy.
Just how small does an apartment have to be before it's qualified as a 'microstudio?' In the case of Felice Cohen's Upper West Side apartment, that figure would be 90 square feet. She pays $700 a month in rent. Comparatively, the average rent for an Upper West Side pad is $3,600. Watch the video below to see how Felice lives in such a tiny place, and then answer this question: Could you live in 90 square feet?
Decorating with a student budget didn't stop Chicagoans Meg and Brad from transforming their 900 square foot apartment into a space full of style and personality. These "colorful collectors" were able to create a completely unique and inspiring space - and stay in budget - with a little DIY ingenuity and a knack for finding hidden Craigslist gems. But, their growing art collection is what really makes this space come alive.
You know those makeovers where you question whether the before really was a before of the after? This is one of them. Ron and his girlfriend bought their first apartment--in spite of its bad condition--and decided
How do you pack a living room, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and hallway into an apartment that measures 11' x 3" wide by 16' x 2" deep by 10' x 4" tall? You add a second floor, of course. The owner, airplane interiors engineer and Seattle resident Steve Sauer, is quite happy with his compact crib, which includes a soaking tub
There are homes and then there are apartments. I'm not talking a yard versus non-yard scenario here. I'm talking about that comforting feeling of home versus that place in which you sleep, eat and store your stuff. Making your apartment feel like the former can be done simply and inexpensively. Here are
Back in 2007, renter and interior designer Grant K. Gibson offered his landlord a renovation for two months' free rent. Three thousand bucks later, Mr. Gibson is living large in his made-over apartment and his landlord owns some very nice-looking property. It's hard to believe that somewhere under all this loveliness was sea-foam green and lavender walls.