Renting: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Hello there! I'm Erin owner of Clementine + Olive as well as blogger! This week I'm here sharing my view on renting.


I live in an up and coming historic community so choosing a home was fairly easy because the historic part means that most homes in my area have incredible easy to decorate architecture like wainscoting and old world detail that you won’t find in a big city with out a big price tag. The up and coming part means that I get everything for an affordable price tag with out loss of culture and forced in to apartment living. Win-win. So why buy right now.

My landlord is probably the most easy going in town. Allowing me to up date the vanity to painting the front door. After putting my year in I realized I might just stay here a little while so I decided to conceal some big eyesores.


Being a previous home owner knowing my funds beautifying a home that isn’t mine or paying rental money I’ll never see in my pocket again kind of bites a familiar bullet that makes me long for a home I can rip out the counter tops for some carerra marble.

Also another issue that comes with renting besides the obvious “decorating around” theory is buying furniture and moving issue. You are always left with furniture that doesn’t fit your space size well or compliment the era of the home. 


A major issue you always, see renting is the choice between settling for carpet vs. hardwood especially when you have dust allergies that can rule you life. I may have gotten everything I wanted out of my home but, vacuuming twice a day and professionally cleaning these nappy carpets every 4 months is a royal pain especially since I have twin babies which means a dozen coffee stains with in a month. 

The kitchen isn’t the worst of the worse but, it’s plain oak cabinets with vinyl flooring and although, I know my creative energy is hinged by it every time I walk through there. I know, there is absolutely nothing I can do about it and must let-it-go and be thankful of such a rad home for such a steal that offers my little family everything I could need.

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 & an intro! Pls use the same format as above! 



  1. AnonymousMay 07, 2012

    Beautiful home! I love the details so much.

  2. AAK! I can relate to the oak cabinets! My home, which I rent, also has oak cabinets. Oh how I long to paint them white and install carerra and hardwood! Sigh....

  3. AnonymousMay 08, 2012

    Another one of my fave post – renting!!! This flat looks really amazing!!! Love the white cabinet in the living room and it’s a nice match with the pastel blue wall.

    The toiletries zone is done up so beautifully! The whole see through effect is great and I’ve seen it around a lot. Hope I can DIY this myself one day, haha.

    And I noticed there were flowers in each room, they work wonders I gotta say

    Another great post indeed ^__^

  4. I totally feel you on being left with furniture that doesn't fit in a space. I love your living room, btw:)

  5. I'm so glad you featured Erin's home. She's one of my favorites and has such insane style. She's done an amazing job making a rental look so polished and homey!

  6. Erin is so talented! Love her insight!

  7. a beautiful home...who'd guess this was a rental! she did a fab job. xo, shari

  8. Love Erin's style! She is wonderful!

  9. Love Erin's style. She is wonderful!

  10. AnonymousMay 08, 2012

    What a great dresser and mirror combo. Love that! The whole apartment is super glam.

  11. I love the grey dresser under the "GOOD" cute!

  12. I'm addicted to these posts! At least she can decorate how she wants & do minor changes!! That really is a plus!!!

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  13. I love your feature on Erin's home! She turned her rental into such a beautiful space. I'm in the process of renovating my apartment and love coming to your site to get inspired.


  14. I adore Erin's home, she's got such a gorgeous glamorous style - so nice that you featured her!

    Definitely one of my favourites!


  15. She has done an amazing job! She really has made it her home and it does not at all look like a rental! Such talent!

  16. AnonymousMay 10, 2012

    what a great, beautiful, colorful apartment - Love it!

    Much love


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