• Home Improvements 

    home improvements

    Home Improvements 

    2017 is a year I have vowed to save up enough for a mortgage. I am at a point where I am tired of renting and feel I could be using that money to pay off my mortgage. Whilst this is a dream at the moment, I felt to make my current place more homely I start to consider home improvements. 

    Speaking to my mum over the holidays, she was talking about maybe renovating her kitchen and we looked at Simply Plastics. Whilst I can’t do major works on my rented apartment or any DIY works it’s still nice to make smaller changes. The changes that I am thinking of are those that will and can help my place feel more homely.

    Home Improvements ideas 💡 for renters 

    When I moved into my apartment it was unfurnished. This was a slight shock to the system as I got used to moving into furnished buildings whilst at university. Another shock was having to pay council tax and all the house bills since you’re now playing adult. Though I wouldn’t change it for the world it does cost a nice penny having your own place. A place you can put your stamp on however limited (for renters). Apart from buying the furniture and all house furlongs I need the following helped me make my home more homely:

    • Curtains – depending on what you like it’s always nice to have cute curtains. Though mine are cute they are all thin and let’s a long of light in. Last year I was fortunate to work with curtains curtains curtains who provided with made-to-order curtains. These really helped in transforming my apartment into my home.
    • Add art and wall mirrors. The first piece I bought for my place was a small art piece. This piece is forever engraved in my head because of the quote it has on it.  I think every girl dreams of having a floor length mirror. I am one of them and when I collaborated with Asda George two years ago, first thing I ordered was a full length mirror. Though I always dress in the dark (don’t ask my why) it’s nice having the full length mirror to check my out but also to let more light in.
    • Undersink bathroom cabinets. I have found that I always need space in my bathroom to store my many beauty products. I have seen a lot of nice under sink storage solutions which help maximise the tiny spaces in bathrooms.
    • Plants. Now I have mentioned before, the drink hands that my mother has never transferred to me. I can’t keep a plant longer than a week before it dies. Luckily for me there are plants that don’t need daily inspections like orchids. I have two which I water weekly sometimes monthly but they are still alive (I think).
    • New beddings. You can never go wrong with new beddings to give a new a nicer look. I love picking my beddings from a few local stores. It’s just nice having new beddings as I love changing mine every two weeks.

    These are some of the ideas I am playing with this New Year! Any plans to make some home improvements?




    1. January 9, 2017 / 3:34 pm

      Good luck with the house buying. It’s incredibly stressful, bt will worth it in the end.

      • January 14, 2017 / 9:44 pm

        Thanks Jemma, I am looking forward to it all

    2. Annie Brooks
      January 9, 2017 / 5:21 am

      Buying a house was the best thing I ever did… nearly been in my house for 3 years now and finally we’re looking to redecorate! I am getting more bathroom storage – that’s first on the agenda!

      • January 14, 2017 / 9:43 pm

        I can not wait to buy my own place too but 2017 is the year to save for it

    3. Leah Shafik
      January 7, 2017 / 11:34 pm

      These are great ideas! When I was renting these were the things I did to help make a rented home more mine! x

      • January 8, 2017 / 6:51 am

        Thanks Leah! Though we are limited to what we can do these options can help make it feel more homely

    4. January 7, 2017 / 7:49 pm

      Such great tips! I love buying new bedding!! I find that really finishes off the room! xo

      • January 8, 2017 / 6:50 am

        Oh absolutely I feel the same way too

    5. January 7, 2017 / 7:20 pm

      These are great tips 🙂 I’m still at university and I’m already saving for a mortgage because London house prices are ridiculous :'(

      • January 8, 2017 / 6:50 am

        Oh tell me about it, I have just started saving for my mortgage and hoping to get one this year

    6. Catriona Stephen
      January 7, 2017 / 6:28 pm

      Great ideas! I’ve been meaning to get under the sink cabinets for a while

      • January 8, 2017 / 6:49 am

        Thanks Catriona, under sink cabinets can be really useful and gives you more storage options

    7. Laura
      January 7, 2017 / 3:40 am

      We are getting our bathroom done out at the moment and I loved picking out our under sink storage. I needed a practical place for all of my beauty products! xxx

      • January 7, 2017 / 9:07 am

        Oh good! That’s what I love about under sink storage

    8. Melanie Edjourian
      January 7, 2017 / 12:57 am

      I love new bedding it makes the room feel so different if you use a different colour. Great tips it’s great to make a rented room feel more homely.

      • January 7, 2017 / 9:06 am

        Tell me about it and thanks, because it will be a while before I get my own place makes sense to make the current place homely as possible

    9. Harriet @ Toby&Roo
      January 6, 2017 / 6:08 pm

      I loooove new bedding, there is nothing nicer than slipping into a nice new bed 🙂

      • January 7, 2017 / 9:05 am

        Oh I know! I love it too

    10. January 6, 2017 / 5:59 pm

      These are such good tips – it’s really hard to make a rented flat feel like home sometimes

      • January 7, 2017 / 9:05 am

        Thanks Milli and yes it can be hard sometimes

    11. Hannah Latoya Bond
      January 6, 2017 / 3:34 pm

      I’ve just recently changed my lighting and curtains. The next thing is the flooring. I hate laminate flooring. It looks awful and i just hate the feel of it. Doesnt feel homely at all. It will be getting changed for a carpet x

      • January 7, 2017 / 9:05 am

        Oh how nice, funny thing I am tidy of carpet all over the house so I am looking to have my future kitchen laminate or tiles lol 😂

    12. Sarahjane
      January 6, 2017 / 2:40 pm

      I am the same as you, this year is the first year I’ll be properly saving for a mortgage! My room needs a little tlc so I think i’ll buy a new rug

      • January 7, 2017 / 9:04 am

        Oh good, knowing someone is in same boat as me helps me stay motivated. Good luck luv

    13. January 6, 2017 / 12:01 pm

      I love decorating and think it can make such a huge difference to how a place looks. Good luck saving for a mortgage x

      • January 7, 2017 / 9:03 am

        Thanks Rhian, yes decorating can make a huge difference to the look and feel of a place

    14. January 6, 2017 / 10:06 am

      This year I plan on redecorating my bedroom – it’s been the same for way too long! x

      • January 7, 2017 / 9:02 am

        I have that on my list too but as a renter limited to what I can change but good luck with yours

    15. January 6, 2017 / 8:11 am

      I wish you luck in being able to afford your own house this year. It is a little more difficult to make a rental place feel like your own since you are limited to what you can do. You have great ideas for things that renters can do, though x

      • January 7, 2017 / 9:02 am

        Thank you Sarah, much appreciated. I hope this is the year I get that house of my own

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