HOW TO MAKE A RENTAL FEEL LIKE HOME

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CORT. All opinions are 100% mine.


I’ve had lots of experience over the years with rentals, from houses to apartments. Over time I’ve learned some of the best ways to personalize a temporary home to make it feel more personal and inviting – because this is so important to feeling supported and balanced at home! From designer tips that you can bring into your own home (rental or not) to services like CORT furniture rental to pull a comfortable home together easily, I’ve gathered my best five rental decorating tips below – plus you can hear it all in my new video! Watch the video above and check out all the design tips below.
“HOW TO MAKE A RENTAL FEEL LIKE HOME”

THE BEST SOURCE FOR DESIGNER THROW PILLOWS

Green bedroom with designer throw pillows, custom headboard, and patterned lampshade on Thou Swell @thouswellblog #greenroom #greenbedroom #bedroomdesign #greenwalls #designerthrowpillows #throwpillows #interiordesign(via Thou Swell – Beyond the White Lampshade)

When it comes to the custom details that take a room up a notch, designer throw pillows are one of the elements that can play a big role. Designers love to use pillows to tie together the color palette with whimsy or bring in an unexpected pattern that gives a space more personality. Often the fabrics they use on custom pillows are sold only to the trade, so sourcing throw pillows online is a great way to bring the designer look home. I scoured Etsy for some of the chicest finds and the top shops where you can find the best in trade-only fabric lines for handmade pillows that will make an impact in any room. Shop all of my favorite finds below!
“THE BEST SOURCE FOR DESIGNER THROW PILLOWS”

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Kevin Francis O'Gara is founder of Thou Swell, an Atlanta lifestyle and interior design blog named for an old jazz tune, sharing home, garden, and entertaining projects and inspiration. Stop by to find an avant-garde mix of modern and traditional design curated by an emerging voice in Southern design.

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EDGY ELEGANCE IN A LAKE MARTIN HOME

Edgy modern style on Lake Martin in a contemporary lake house in Alabama on Thou Swell @thouswellblog #lakehouse #lake #lakemartin #modern #moderndesign #interiordesign #moderninterior #modernlakehouse(via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, photography by Erica Dines)

On Lake Martin in Alabama – one of the largest man-made lakes in the country – Susan Ferrier brought her signature edgy elegance to a contemporary home completely reimagined by architect David Baker. While the original house was outdated, the property was a prime location, situated above the lake with incredible views of the water. The modern style of the house provided the perfect opportunity to make a modern statement with floor-to-ceiling windows bringing the views to almost every room. I love the dramatic contrast between the light-filled spaces on the back of the house and the memorable entry above, wrapped in Sherwin Williams ‘Sealskin’ paint. The contrast of light and dark, sleek and organic, bring an exciting energy to this lake house. See the rest of the rooms below!
“EDGY ELEGANCE IN A LAKE MARTIN HOME”

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SWELL SHOPPING: BRIGHT & LAYERED MASTER BEDROOM

Bright and playful master bedroom design with canopy bed, white curtains, upholstered bench, and grey area rug on Thou Swell @thouswellblog #bedroom #bedroomdesign #masterbedroom #bedroomdecor #jujuhat #interiordesign(via CC and Mike)

I love the fun layers of pattern infused into this bright master bedroom. From the pillows on the bed to the inviting end-of-bed seating area with a chic armless sofa, the room builds off of the classic white foundation with just enough color. The glass lantern is another favorite in this room, along with the lumbar pillow in Kelly Wearstler’s iconic Graffito fabric. See how I broke down the room below with my shopping guide, including a super affordable canopy bed similar to the one in this space!

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KEEPING DOVE HILL CLEAN WITH BONA ESSENTIALS

This post is sponsored by Bona, but all text, images, and opinions are all my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Thou Swell running!

Bona Premium Spray Mop for Hardwood Floors,  Stone Tile & Laminate Floor Cleaner Cartridge, Microfiber Pad Pack on Thou Swell @thouswellblog #bona #cleaning #spraymop #mop #housecleaning

While we’ve been living in Dove Hill for over six months now, there is still some residual renovation dust that settles in the house so cleaning has been a consistent task for us! I recently got to try out a Bona Essentials package with their spray mop and floor cleaner, and I love how convenient its made our floor care. With a refillable cleaning solution that’s easy to spray and mop, plus microfiber pads that can be rinsed and reused, mopping the floors is easier than ever. It makes such a difference to see clean, shiny floors so this new package has been perfect for us! Buying from the New Home bundle is cheaper than buying each of the products individually, so I would definitely check out the sets to see which one would be best for you.

P.S. Use code ESSENTIALS2019 for free shipping!
“KEEPING DOVE HILL CLEAN WITH BONA ESSENTIALS”

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