Corners Of My Home // Living In A Rented Home

I hate our current house, it was an emergency rental a year ago and we have had just to renew for another 6 months so we didn’t become homeless. It is not my taste, it is dark, cold and has no carpet but although it has all these problems it doesn’t mean instead of just being a house it can not be our home.

I have lived in rentals now for the past 9 years and have learnt ways to make them our own, not being able to decorate does upset me, I am HUGELY into Interior Design, wallpapers and paint colours but using furniture, artwork and even now reusable stickers means the house we live in can be our home.

I thought I would share my favourite corners of our downstairs, they are quick snippets, maybe one day I will get round to room tours so you can see some of my lovely furniture.

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Our downstairs bathroom – although it is only plastic stain glass effect I love the way it lights up the Bathroom with so many colours – it shows off all my pretties I have collected over the years, the shell being one of my faves.

corners of my home

Entrance Way – I have a thing about hearts, it’s the shabby chic lover in me, I also love words and phrases around the home – I love that these meet you as you walk in the front door – the top is perfect for our house “Please excuse the noise and mess, my Children are making happy memories.”

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Living Room – These 2 photos are above/on top of my G Plan sideboard – The top shows my gorgeous Geek Goes Vintage Angel which was made by Sian To’s Hubby, I sit it with my unframed Big Eye Art as Sian and I both have a big love for them. The 2nd photo shows a picture on the wall I bought when I was 16, it has been up in every house since, it was a cheapie and still in original frame, there is just something I love about it. Also here is my Cloche which houses my Alice in Wonderland Bottle and Toadstool, I think they work well together.

momiji dolls

Living Room – Above my G Plan I have this awesome Printers Tray/Shadow Box that I got for a steal, it houses my Momiji Doll collection, as well as other treasures, it is my favourite thing in the house, I love seeing it evolve with new treasures.

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Playroom/Office/Pushchair Room – This is the only wall space in this room as it is the conservatory, the room is always a mess no matter how hard I try, mainly in part to the kiddos but also due to my Pushchair collection. On the wall are the canvases my Mom made for Addison & Grayson’s 1st shared birthday, each puzzle piece has messages from people who helped them celebrate. The 2 pieces next to them are wooden pictures given to me the day I was born, they have been with me ever since and I love they are now there for my Kiddies.

brakig bowls

Lastly a snippet of my Kitchen, to be honest I need to do a whole room tour of here as I love things in my Kitchen, but this snippet shows some of its delights. I love my little tray that sits on my table, usually the jugs have some flowers in. My gorgeous new Brakig bowls from Ikea and then a glimpse of one of my painted chairs behind.

So I really think a rental house can be a home. Do you have any suggestions on how else to make a rental your own ?

So excited this post has inspired others to join in, my gorgeous friend Sian was the 1st here. If this post inspires you let me know so I can add your links.

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Kara Janelle, Plus Size Blogging Mama. Vintage Lover, Interiors Obsessed, Chair Crazed, Collector of Much remembering to Smile as it is the 2nd best thing you can do with your mouth.

  • Lauren_W

    Gosh you have some lovely things Kara.
    I struggled being in our old rental because we couldnt do anything to it. Couldn’t paint or even hang our own pictures or photos up. We ended up buying a cheap but big bookcase from Argos to display our photos and candles and it made it feel better xx

    • Thanks lovely, honestly I hate it, but we are never going to have our own home, this house is the worst to date, I can’t wait to move again. I put pictures up and don’t care what they say lol x

  • Your little personal touches make it look amazing, honestly. I love the toadstool! We live in rented property too because we moved in straight from Uni and we just cannot afford to buy. My boyfriend was made redundant too so I haven’t even got the cash to buy things to personalise it. I’m really sad about it :(…. I’m concentrating on the garden at the moment though so my little one (20 months) has somewhere nice to play in summer xx

    • Hugs. Even on smallest budget you can. Most of my purchases are boot fairs or charity shops. Some things are free as I look on free cycle and fb groups. Don’t get yourself down.

  • Life With Munchers

    You clearly have a good eye mrs! You might not want to do too much if you plan to move out, but have you spoken to the landlord to see if they mind you decorating etc? Some will be delighted, as long as it’s neutral. Chin up hun, it looks fabby xx

    • Thank you. I like what I like. He is a real twat about it. But tbh there is no way we can stay here again. Xxxx

  • What an awesome post. You have inspired me to share my favourite corners too. I’m going to get snapping tomorrow.
    I also now need a printers tray 🙂

    • Ah that is a huge honour to have inspired you. Can’t wait to see. Let me know when the post is up.
      I want so many more. I have ideas for them in most rooms. This one was a steal. They are so pricey x

      • How much was it? There were some in the antique centre a duple of weeks ago.

  • Love it!! I love nic nacks and that shadow box is full of little treasures x

    • Mwah, what I see of your house on IG I always fall in love with, so gorgeous and bright x

  • I adore your bathroom window! And your toast rack in the last picture is just adoreable!

  • mummydaddyme

    Love your home Kara, you have some great things in it to make it beautiful. x

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