Decorating & Organizing A Rental Apartment

18 May 2013

Hey everyone!

I'm back in action, and lazing around in my comfy Toronto bed. It's so good to be in my home city again, and most importantly being with my family. I hadn't seen mum & dad in two months - way too long! [I'm convincing myself that Toronto was so excited to have me back that it did the harlem shake, but it was just a mini-earthquake.]
Anyway, I wanted to share a ton of links and videos I enjoyed and/or used over the past year to help me spruce up my apartment. They're all quite affordable, since I kept in mind that most of us are students, or fresh graduates. As many of you may know, living in a rental has certain limitations. Always speak to your landlord before undergoing a major alteration project; he/she has final say and may charge you for damage when you leave. Now let's jump right in!

1. I own this EKTORP couch in black. It's a sofabed, so you have room for guests in a small apartment, and it's also very comfy (I study there A LOT). The kicker is the interchangeable slip covers; it really alters the look of a room and you can adjust it every season!
2. Wall decals: they're easily removable for when you leave, and they add a pretty quirk to any room. I have birds in the living room, and plan to add a chalk board to my kitchen when I get back.
3. Because I've chosen NOT to paint the walls, I have to bring in brights through art work and decor. Urban Outfitters has really beautiful bedding, as does Anthropologie (albeit expensive for a student). I suggest waiting until your favorite designs go on sale, and snapping a duvet cover. The sheets and pillow can be simple, and one can slowly invest in those at a later time.
4. I have carpet, and obviously I detest it. If you're like me, cover up that hideous thing with funky rugs (link 2).
5. Bright yellow floating bookcase; it's small and can be moved from apartment to apartment.
6. Apartment Therapy's series on rental apartment decor: Renter's Solutions. [I spend hours looking through these!]
7. Alejandra's Youtube: How to organize a small bathroom, home office/gadget organization, how to organize your fridge, etc. She has really really amazing tips and tricks, and if you're a neat freak that wants to maximize apartment space, check out her videos.
8. The Container Store: Great stuff for dividing up your linen closet. I have to keep a lot of extra home pieces in there, including school books and binders. Love it!
9. The Shower: tips on keeping it organized, and my own personal suggestion = get a fun shower curtain & bathroom rugs to distract from the bland color and tile.
10. Keep your ish clean! Mostly as a way to help you stay healthy. Less dust, less crust, and more fresh air!

Talk to ya'll later!



  1. Great post. Nicely you have told that how one can decorate his rental apartment. I really like all this and enjoyed your post very much. Thanks for the the post and keep sharing.

  2. Love these pics!! Light colored walls with diff color accents and high shelving always make a small apartment look bigger! Love urban outfitter's stuff!

  3. Love all of these gorgeous photos. The apartment I live in now doesn't allow for any changes to be made.. I can't even paint the walls! It drives me beserk.
    Welcome home to Toronto girl! Hope you have a lovely time here xox

  4. I love this stuff. You have shared very good ideas on decoration. These apartments are looking awesome.

  5. I am always get utilitarian content from your post, That's really great searching for me, Keep sharing like this..

  6. Such an inspiring design of an apartment. made me want to paint my place white looks really elegant!

  7. Oh hello..!!
    I'm feel really so happy to seen this interesting article here..I have to enjoyed each and every content of this post,so thanks for this kind of informative sharing..!!

  8. This is such a useful post, I don't know about you but I always really struggle finding nice bedding! I'm a bedding perfectionist I suppose. But anyway thanks for these wonderful tips!


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