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