I've been styling home spaces my entire career, and I'm into these decor picks for apartments

Temp home, forever style

Fun cheetah design rug in green and assorted
(Image credit: Anthropologie)

As a stylist AND small apartment renter, I'm beyond aware of the struggle-street dilemmas we "temp-homers" are faced with when it comes to decorating a studio apartment. Small "quirky" layout tick. Zilch storage tick. Grim fixtures and fittings tick. Not forgetting the Scary Mary tenancy agreement that makes installing anything perm on walls a thing of ultimate SIN! 

My job is styling interiors — and it always has been — so whether I'm writing about the latest trends, scouting out "must-have" shopping picks to share with y'all, or bringing a vision to life on a photo set or in a WOW location house, I'm daydreaming (literally) in an ever-evolving home goals mirage. Which can be a tad bittersweet, as in reality, I live in the prementioned lil' budget apartment (or the "Bijou Burrow" as I affectionately call it.) 

However, house envy and green-eyed jel vibes are not a good look for any of us. So instead of longing for the forever home that I haven't got just yet — I'm embracing the present and getting even more creative with how I can glow up my temp nook, into a cozy nest bursting with home comforts and personality.

Yes, the office carpets, dated kitchen tiles, and hideous faux-wood cabinets are still there, but with a few styling hacks and savvy affordable buys, I've distracted from the bad, and highlighted the good! Honestly, it's unrecognizable — just ask the listing agent...

Home decor buys to glow up your rental

Content Editor

Holly is a Content Editor at Real Homes, and has previously worked at Future Homes brands including Country Homes & Interiors and Livingetc. She has a background in interior and event styling spanning a decade, which previously took her from coast to city and beyond to Australia. 

Holly loves working with creative minds and discovering fresh, indie brands, and is a firm believer that no home can have too many cushions, unruly blooms or decorative details of happy