Could you live in another family’s house for a year, as quasi-renters/house sitters, and live with their furniture, their paint colors, their . . . well, almost everything, while transforming it into something uniquely you?
No permanent changes allowed. No painting. Have to have the house back to its original set-up with reasonable ease at the end of the year.
When we first walked through the house we are now renting I did feel at home there-it had a cozy and charming feel to it that I couldn’t put my finger on . . . it just felt right. It didn’t, however, look anything like “us.” Nevertheless, we embraced the above-stated challenge: to live in another family’s house for a year, as quasi-renters/house-sitters and live with their furniture, their paint colors, their . . . well, almost everything, all the while transforming it into something that works for and feel like us.
This has not been a small task. It has taken every ounce of creativity I have been able to eek out of my sleep-deprived mommy brain and every ounce of physical strength I have to design and arrange and create and sew and maneuver furniture with a 17 lb baby strapped to me in a baby carrier.
The result has been well worth the effort! The baby weight is more or less gone and this house is starting to look and feel so much like us that I sometimes have to remind myself that it isn’t ours and that in another 11 months I will have to change it back to its original appearance like Cinderella’s fairy godmother at the stroke of midnight.
Welcome to the Rare & Beautiful Treasures Renter’s Challenge:
Each Chapter of this blog series will feature one room transformed (including before and after pictures) and will hopefully provide plenty of ideas to inspire fellow-renters and even homeowners looking for inexpensive and quick improvements.
(And ok, because I know you are wondering what kind of “befores” we are talking about here, here is a preview of the first project I am going to share over the next few days: the kitchen. See below. Painting the cabinets was not an option . . . total floor space three by five feet.
I promise that beautiful things are in store for my space as well as yours! I know you are doubting me, but that’s ok 🙂 it will make the reveal that much more fun. 🙂
Welcome to our new adventure. So glad to have you along!!