Renting: The Good, The Bad, the Ugly

Hello Made By Girl readers! I'm Myrna and I write a blog called For the Love of Black.  At this time I'm living in a rental basement suite & now I'm here to share my experience!

I have rented A LOT in my life as well owned a few homes so I think I know the pros & cons pretty good by now!! One of the best things about renting is not having to come up with money for the repair man every time an appliance breaks down or save for a new roof & so on. It's all taken care of!! I also love the ease of knowing I can pick up and move fairly easy if I'm renting on a month to month basis. This tends to keep me more organized. I don't accumulate much stuff or things I don't need, since I don't have an attic or basement to store things in for years and years!!


Having to be quiet!! It's so hard not to turn up that favorite song on the radio or that movie you've been dying to watch. Even walking or doing laundry or banging pots and pans has to be done quietly!!  Also hearing the people who live above, below or either side of you can be drag especially, you know.... (AHEM) okay, I wont go there!!!!

The UGLY is when I have to if I can paint my place and then be told NO!! It's the way I put my stamp on my place and make it feel like home. I've found that the majority of times I do ask, and then other times  I just paint....because it's easier to ask for forgiveness then permission, right?? Ha! And besides, I just paint it back before I move :) Also, flooring or other fixtures can be a pain to live with.

There's pros & cons to renting. However, as of right now, I'm happy to rent. Decorating and making the space your own as well as surrounding yourself with the people you love is really what it's all about!

If you'd like to share, the good, the bad, the ugly of living in a rental, email me your submission with 3-4 pictures of your apartment! Pls use the same format as above! 



  1. Myrna! What a pretty basement suite! You've done such a good job of making your small space look uncrowded and livable. One of my best friends in college used to live in a tiny studio, and I was always amazed at how she divided the space up and made it her home.

    Totally agree with you on the wall painting, too! Forgiveness, please.

  2. Gorgeous decor! I love the way she did her apartment despite the lack of space.



  3. renting can be fun, but right now its a buyers market! there is no better time then now to buy!have a wonderful weekend!

    xx Kelly

  4. I love those african juju hats!


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