Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Design Dilemma: Temporary vs Long Term Home

Whenever I look at images from blogs and now pinterest, I am always filing them away for inspiration and for the future, instead of for my next weekend project. The reason? I currently rent an apartment in which I am limited to do many of the fun interior design projects I really wish I could do. The other problem? I don't want to spend the money and time to make this space "my own" if I could possibly be moving. What if I need a sofa and not the two chairs I own? What if the style of my future home does not match with the style of my current furniture?

I think the hardest part of Interior Design (and on a major budget) is being in a temporary rental versus your long term home. The below images are all things I would love to do with my future "forever" home.

An open and very white kitchen
Paint a bathroom turquoise
Incorporate a lot of beautiful tile
Utilize sliding barn doors throughout...
Paint stripes or use a fab wallpaper in a room
Hang towels on a wall
Hang an amazing chandelier
Paint a floor!
install a full length mirror with a lucite console table in front! 
Does anyone else have the rental dilemma? What do you dream of having in your
long term home?
*All images from {my Pinterest board}


Marissa Waddell said...

I totally understand! We're for sure moving in June, and I don't have much desire to decorate the current space. I am REALLY into stuff that can be adjusted to fit anywhere. As far as Pinterest, I save everything that inspires me. But I have special board for "someday" and one for my "next place."


CalypsoInTheCountry said...

I don't have the rental vs own design dilemma limiting me since we own our house. I actually have something that is even more limiting - it's called my husband! He does not understand why it is necessary to spend money when everything looks "fine the way it is"...always a challenge with him! By the way, I love all of your design dreams for the future - you have beautiful taste!

The Pink Pagoda said...

I LOVE your photos. Especially the one with the huge mirror and console table! When I finished school and had an apartment, my mother advised me to slowly start buying high quality pieces I could live with forever. She and my father helped me here and there with big items like dining room furniture. Twenty years later, I'm still enjoying the pieces I started collecting right out of school.

Blue Blinds said...

I have the same problem! I'm renting a beautiful house that I'm longing to make my home, but I don't know how long I'll be here. I'm splurging tomorrow and having someone come in to measure for rugs for the living and dining rooms - I asked them to bring all neutral samples! - so I can at least start to decorate and make it feel more like home.

Ashley said...

I can completely relate. My husband and I rent and I still find myself wanting to change elements in our home. For the time being, I'm satisfied collection inspiration because I'll have my ideas sorted out before it's time to renovate a real home!

heather Hays said...

Great photos Melissa! I love the painted floors and that amazing kitchen.

Taylor Greenwalt said...

I love everything you have picked out. You will have a beautiful home. Our first home which we were renting, I had to be so creative. I hung pictures all over a wall from floor to bottom and used sheets as wall paper. Everything I did I had to keep in mind short term. Very frustrating.

Grant K. Gibson said...

Totally can relate.
I am in a rental and a few years away from buying my first home.
Its a hard balance.
I have tired to make the best out of my rental and put in some $ (but not too much)- as you can see here:



Chic Coles said...

Thank you everyone for your comments! You have given me hope that I am not alone in longing for a place that I will be able to make my own!

Anonymous said...

We have moved 15 times in 36 years of marriage. I pined for our own home where we could do any type of decor to please only our family. When you need to sell you need to de-personalize at listing time so a buyer can imagine themselves in what was your home. You need to put taste specific items into the things you take with you or can easily change. So stripes in drapes or just repaint; you can easily do your mirror/table idea. The fun is in repurposing things at the new place. Believe it or not people like our home because it is so "us".

Ann said...

We've been moving around for years now and still have another decade or so before we can pick a place to settle. The hardest part has become, the "where" question! Once you get so used to moving, where do you decide to plant roots and repaint? Anyways, I just started blogging because after reading design blogs for literally years, I realized I needed to file away my "when we settle" ideas and even keep track of my "for now" ideas. Although I agree with an anonymous poster, I'm thankful because my tastes in what I really want have changed and now when we do decide, I know it will be perfect. Thanks for sharing your "when stay" ideas!

Aico Furniture said...

I am just looking forward to redecorating our own house after being away from the place for 2 years. I had picked up some fabulous stuffs from around the world and really looking forward to redoing the decor with these new items.

Anonymous said...

I never think in terms of a "forever" home, because we've moved several times and have owned 5 homes over the years. When we sold our last house to downsize and move into a city condo, we just had a huge estate sale and sold everything!

Surya cosmopolitan rug said...

Its a nice idea to paint the floor instead of using rugs. But then rugs tiles are available now which is much more easier.

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