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 an apartment. Small "quirky" layout tick. Zilch storage tick. Grim fixtures and fittings tick. Not forgetting the scary rental 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