It can be frustrating when your interiors obsession doesn’t quite match up with your current living situation. Namely, when that situation means living in a rental. It limits your ability to change the things you know would make the biggest difference, and can make you a bit nervous to commit to an investment when you never know how long you might end up there.
Luckily, Nate, Sasha, and Lauren know your pain, and are sharing some of their best advice on personalizing a rental in a chic and cost-effective way.
SASHA SAYS: Focus on what you can take with you
“When living in a rental, there are so many options for making the space feel unique and reflective of your personal style without over-investing in things you cannot take with you. The focus should be on building your furniture collection, layering with textiles, books, objects, and hanging art to make the space feel like home (and like you!).”
LAUREN SAYS: Start accessory shopping ASAP
“Accessories add a layer that can make a house feel like a home – even on a budget. We encourage our clients to pick up objects from their travels, but regardless of your vacation plans, great accessories are so easy to come by. I often hunt for accessories I’ve seen in magazines on Ebay or Etsy, and I especially love Nate’s line available at Target right now, for chic and affordable options.”
NATE SAYS: Antiques are your friends
“Whether you’re on a budget or not, it’s always helpful to not buy everything at once, to give a home – rental or not – that “assembled over time” look. You may not be able to change the finishes on things in your home, but you can bring in furniture that has character – look for pieces with patina, a beautiful old painted dresser, a beat-up leather chair, things that draw your eye to an actual piece, rather than the fact that there are no crown moldings!”
Lead photo of Kelly Engstrom’s home decorated by Nate, photography by Emily Johnston for Rue Magazine; at left, a Phoenix home by NBA photographed by Patrick Cline for Traditional Home; at right, a Chicago home by NBA photographed by Patrick Cline for Lonny