Marlo shares her tips for cre­at­ing a warm and cosy home, any­where.

Homes+ (Australia) - - READERS’ HOMES - In­spired by Marlo

1 “Find the places in your home that you can in­di­vid­u­alise eas­ily and af­ford­ably. There is usu­ally at least one that will jump out once you start think­ing about the pos­si­bil­i­ties. Rent­ing doesn’t have to be a road­block to a gor­geous home.”

2 “Ask your land­lord’s per­mis­sion to hang art­works and pho­tos. Noth­ing will turn their house into your home faster.” If your land­lord says no to adding hooks, hang­ers or nails to the walls, dis­play framed art where you can – try it propped on shelves, ta­bles and con­soles or leant gen­tly against walls. Or try re­mov­able de­cals. You can also layer or group com­ple­men­tary pieces in dif­fer­ent sizes for max­i­mum im­pact.

3 “Mod­u­lar fur­ni­ture is your friend. My three-piece sofa has been a god­send – we’ve lived in four houses since our el­dest daugh­ter was born and used it in ev­ery pos­si­ble con­fig­u­ra­tion!” Mod­u­lar fur­ni­ture is great for styling up a ren­tal prop­erty, as it can be changed around to fit the space. As well as so­fas, look for adapt­able free­stand­ing shelves, book­cases and ex­tend­able/fold­ing ta­bles.

4 “Put your stamp on the gar­den. Plant ve­g­ies and flow­ers for your own en­joy­ment and re­ward.” Cre­ate your own ‘move­able’ gar­den with a col­lec­tion of pot­ted plants and fruit trees.

Val­len­tuna three-seat mod­u­lar sofa, $1295, from Ikea.

Wall-hang­ing from Li­nen House.

Dots wall de­cal from Vinyl De­sign.

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