(above before photos of the living room/dining space)
Well my friends, we have moved! We are in our new home, and after a quick shout out on Instagram, I am assured you all want to see some home reno content, complete with advice and tips on DIY projects and how to make a rental home feel like you’re own. We’ve only been living in LA for just shy of two years, but we quickly out grew our small one bed apartment and have now moved into a three bedroom house with a garden and garage that we are renting. This means lots of room to grow into, enough space to get a dog at some point and time to be sure LA is where we want to stay for the foreseeable future without the permanence of buying somewhere.
Renting brings a number of questions and conundrums when it comes to decorating without limitations, (due to it being a rental) and without spending a ton of money on something that you are most likely going to move out of one day. There are certain things that are instantly non negotiable. You won’t be able to knock down any walls or change the flooring, and you won’t be able to change things like the doors or perhaps even the colour of the walls, depending on how flexible your landlord is.
(above before photos of the hall way)
(above before photos of the bathroom)
(above before photos of our bedroom)
I’ve lived in a number of rentals throughout my life, but this is the first house I’ve ever lived in. To give you a summary of how the rooms will be used, we have one large open plan space that is both living room and dining room, we have three bedrooms, one will be our bedroom, one will be my office that doubles up as a spare bedroom and the third bedroom will be Dave’s office with the potential to also be a spare bedroom should it be needed. We have a kitchen with a laundry space, a bathroom, a mini cloakroom, a large garden and a garage (which Dave is making a home cinema/man cave where he can brew beer and generally live in his element!)
(above photos of the first bedroom/Daves Office)
Yes I’m feeling overwhelmed but also incredibly excited as this is the most space I’ve ever had as an adult and I feel very inspired by the property itself. The house was built in the 1950’s and still has a lot of the original features, some of which I’m really into, and some I would like to spice up a little. The question is can I make this house feel like our own home, one that reflects our personalty and taste with a limit to what we can do cosmetically and on a limited budget?
(above photos of the third bedroom/den room/my office)
I like a challenge, and I figured it would be fun to document this process and bring you guys along. I personally think a rental property possesses greater challenges than a home you own because of the restrictions placed upon via its owner. I’m curious to see if I can really think of it as my own and I plan on sharing all the issues we encounter along the way, plus how we resolve them. Harry makes it up is always about just that, making it up, whether thats a face or a home, and I’m so pleased you guys were also excited to see how we get on.
(above before photos of the garage/cinema room)
I’ve included some photos of the house when we first moved in so you can get an idea of what we’re starting with. I’d love to know if you are also undergoing any kind of house decor projects or major interior redesign also, and it would be great to know any tips you guys have.