New possibilities and customizing a rental

We signed a new lease a few days ago. We love the house that we are going to be moving into, but it’s not your typical rental. This one has lots of color. Not quite colors I would have chosen, but colors that I believe I can live with. There are a few things that I would like to try and make my own, but I have to do it in ways that are completely removable and will leave behind no damage. I’m excited about this challenge.

This past year was the first time I’ve been a renter in about a decade, but the place we rented has been pretty good to go from the beginning. The walls are a pleasing color of greige and all the trim is white. The floors are a lighter bamboo and the kitchen cabinets and countertops seem to be somewhat newer and all in great condition. I didn’t do anything here other than hang up my artwork and call it good. This new place though, is almost 100 years old. It’s a small craftsman bungalow and it has character in spades. That character is going to require some thought and effort on our part.

There isn’t anything about the living room that I could change. I don’t plan on trying to change anything about it. My furniture most likely will stand out but I’m sure I can make it work somehow. I’m totally adding plants though. Hopefully the shelf will keep them away from the cats. I’m also super excited to have a little bit of built in storage. We are in desperate need of it seeing as we are both undeniably bibliophiles. It will be a challenge to be able to style the shelves though because I don’t know if I have quite yet convinced my husband of the merits of styling bookcases rather than just filling them with books.

This kitchen. Guys. It’s so cute. If it were mine that vinyl would be gone in a heartbeat and replaced with hexagonal mosaic tile for the flooring to really fit in. I would totally do the same in the bathroom. I’m all about keeping the charm of the house as original as possible when you’re planning to update. I also don’t think I’ve ever seen cabinets that have so little space between them and the top of the counter, but I’m okay with all the space that these guys will have. It should be pretty comparable to what we currently have. Hopefully a bit more useable, but we shall see.

A small downside is that there is not really a dining room. It just has an eat in kitchen. We are hoping to build a banquette to make the most of the space that we do have. I’m not sure if we should do the cheater method and use Kallax bookcases or if we should build them from scratch. We will cross that bridge when we get there.

We have been given permission to take up the carpet that is in the bedrooms and the hallway. We checked and there is wood floors underneath so that should be nice. This room will be the only one that I might have to figure something else out about. I’m not really a purple person for the most part. It’s entirely possible that I could make this work for me though. Who knows. It should be interesting. So, in addition to the lime green kitchen, brown living room, and purple bedroom, there is also a blue bedroom, and a bright yellow bathroom. The front door is also fuchsia. This home has no shortage of color. Now I need to decide if I want to lean into that brightness or if I want to try to keep the rest of things neutral. Lots to think about before moving in. As always, I’ll keep you posted on how things go.

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