Thursday, February 19, 2009

FEBRUARY Primed4Design{er} of the Month ~ Renting and re-inventing

There is one thing that can really stifle the creativity of someone's inner interior decorator and that is RENTING. Whether its building restrictions like no painting or the imminent threat of losing your deposit for excessive holes in your walls, renters really seem to have live within the confines of their rented space. Or do they?

Lets think about the obvious, renting usually means this living situation is not permenant so the rationale is why invest in it fully. But the designer of this month was selected because with her personal style and love for antiques managed to create a living space she loves filled with tons of personality while still living within the confines of her lease agreement. Enjoy her unique furnishings as all of her guests do when visiting her home.

The front entrance really sets the tone for the house. A bench and coat rack with a shelf holding glass apothecary jars filled with silver glitter and a nice cabinet with an old stain glass window hanging above.




In the living area, Kristine has an old safe as her coffee table. One that she noted will be with her for life and weighs a ton.


An old iron press, that still works, acts as a TV stand.


She adorns her windows with old shutters to add warmth and draw your eye to the natural light.


Her bedroom has a four poster bed, a mantle she installed holding a collection of candle sticks, a nightside table with antique alarm clocks and a cozy reading corner.






Her kitchen, like for most renters, is the hardest to work around. You usually have to just settle for what you have. Kristine really worked with her kitchen and brought in some really fun eye catchers like a 1950's style table and fun knick knacks.




Other unique finds in Kristine's apartment....
An old ceiling tile




And finally the outdoor refuge- A screened in living area with comfy outdoor furniture with throw pillows and colorful hanging plants.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love the simplicity of the decorating. The antiques add warmth to her home. You can tell that a lot of thought went into the pieces Kristine chose. I would love for her to decorate my home.

Evelyn said...

It's great to see ideas for us renters out there- thanks

Lauren said...

I would have never thought to do that with the jars in the first picture. So inventive~

Robert said...

FABULOUS

Anonymous said...

this apt was very well thought out nothing was thrown together . thanks for the ideas. keep these pic comming great idea nothing like it

Anonymous said...

Very warm and cozy. All you want to do is snuggle in .Don't know any one who would not adore this INVITING. How large is this space?

Anonymous said...

Pictures say 1,000 words. Photography captured it all.

Anonymous said...

Who has the the money to pay a decorator? Now come on.

Anonymous said...

BELIVE- i WILL FIND A FIRE PLACE MANTLE COME HELL OR HIGH WATER.jUST FANTASTIC

Anonymous said...

EVERY ONE IN THE OFFICE IS IN AWA ONE PERSON COULD NOT HAVE PUT THIS TOGETHER.cONVINCE ME.

Anonymous said...

REFRESHING

The Primed 4 Design Team said...
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The Primed 4 Design Team said...

Thanks for your comments everyone - keep em' comin' on future posts. We would love for you to sign your name if you could. You don't have to put personal info - just a first name so we can get to know you lovely's! Thanks P4D'ers! :)

Anonymous said...

I love this apt. I do believe 1 person could put these idea's together. I can afford a decorator and would love to have Kristine decorate my house.

Anonymous said...

Great apartment. I love the coffee table.