My home – How I make my rented apartment lovely

Rental family home Mosman - zebra rug ikea

My little family has to rely on the limitations of rental decor. We are one of the many Sydney based families who cannot afford to put $300K down on a deposit for a modest family home. My husband, photographer, Michael Kennedy gets regular work, but it isn’t at all predictable, and I am working full time at a salary which is above average, but it’s not enough to save.

Every time we have come close to a deposit, we’ve had to pay for a funeral (our son’s), or medical expenses (I have had four lots of surgery in six years each costing $6K -10K) and it’s just been out of reach to buy a home with that happening.

But I do believe that our rental home is unique and we are able to make it our own, through our limited colour palette, use of rugs, cushions, linen and artwork hung with wall friendly hooks. 

My bedside table
My bedside table – little touches can add character and joy to your home. You can buy Secrets of a Beauty Queen by Stephanie Darling here…
My colour palette of grey, pale pink, black and white enhances our rental decor.
My colour palette of grey, pale pink, black and white, fits into most rental decor. We have signature art (this painting is by Shannon Crees)
I am OCD about having a well-made bed. This set is from Target 2016. I love the hexagonal rose gold pattern, and the 1000 thread count sheets.
I am OCD about having a well-made bed and bed linen is one way to enhance rental decor. This set is from Target 2016. I love the hexagonal rose gold pattern, and the 1000 thread count sheets. Sheets and linen can change the look of the bedroom.
I bought this tea at Versailles. The tea wasn't my cup of tea, but the jar makes me smile every morning. Cartier is my favorite fragrance. I also have a Royal Doulton crystal clock.
I bought this tea at Versailles. The tea wasn’t my cup of tea, but the jar makes me smile every morning. Cartier is my favorite fragrance. I also have a Royal Doulton crystal clock.
Yes, I am OCD with my wardrobe. All my hangers are rose gold and match. Yes, and it is colour coded to make dressing easier.
Yes, I am OCD with my wardrobe. All my hangers are rose gold and match. Yes, and it is colour coded to make dressing easier.
Rental decor colours are neutral and elegant.
Rental decor colours are neutral and elegant.
Fragrance obsession
Fragrance obsession on display.
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Buying fresh flowers don’t need to break the bank. These are a total of $20 from Woolies.
An open fire is a rare gift that we are embracing this winter.
An open fire is a rare gift that we are embracing this winter. Shannon’s painting is always place in pride of place. Mike bought this painting for me on Valentine’s Day.
shannon crees painting
shannon crees painting

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