The Must-Have Guide for Renters and Small-Space Dwellers
Rental Style, which doubles as a decor piece and handy design guide, shows readers how to decorate and organize small, rented spaces on a budget. The book will cover all home development stages from searching for a rental home to decorating and organizing it.
Many people are reluctant to design their spaces due to renter restrictions, which leaves homes bland and boring. Rental Style will erase that unease and demonstrate how you can turn a rented space into a home using temporary, creative tricks that won’t drive landlords crazy.
Rental Style will demonstrate how to “renovate” a rental through clever design and budget-friendly tips and hacks on the following topics:
Beating the stress of finding a home
Items to switch out when moving into a rental
Furniture to invest in when living in a small home
Decorating to maximize small spaces
Myths many renters believe
Removable products meant for renters
Incorporating more seating into your smaller home
Combating limited storage
Ways to “renovate” a rental kitchen
Hosting in a very small home
The budget and time-friendly tools, tips, and advice in this book will give readers the ability to stand out among the rest and revamp their rental spaces!
About the Author
Chelsey Brown is an interior decorator living in Manhattan. Chelsey started her blog, City Chic Decor, when she realized how little information there was on decorating and designing rented spaces. Soon after starting the blog, she was designing and decorating apartments all over New York City and the United States. Chelsey's designs, writing, and photography have been featured in countless publications, print magazines, and online resources such as the Today Show, Small Space Makeovers Magazine, Flea Market Style Magazine, Apartment Therapy, The Everygirl, The Kitchn, and Inspired By This. Additionally, Chelsey has been nominated for four awards and won Interior Decorating Blog of the Year and Excellence in Affordable E-Design Services by Build magazine. She has also collaborated with big-name brands such as Pier 1 Imports, HomeGoods, Sleep Number, Apt2B, Wayfair, Mr. Coffee, and StreetEasy.
"Chelsey Brown's new book Rental Style is a great extension of the work she's already been doing for years: Teaching renters how to add personality to homes they don't own. This book lays out everything you need to have the rental apartment of your dreams, from tips on finding a place to rent and moving, to room guides on how to lay out your furniture and more. Sprinkled throughout are stylish decor ideas that will make any home prettier AND ideas that are easily reversible so you don't lose your security deposit! Both renters and landlords will likely appreciate the advice Chelsey shares." —Adrienne Breaux, Apartment Therapy's House Tour Editor
"Gone are the days of 'I’ll wait until I buy a home to make my place look fabulous.' Chelsey shows us all that your home, even your rental home, should be a reflection of you, a place you are proud to show off!" —Chaya Krinsky, head designer for TOV Furniture
"This book is amazing. You’ll learn so much from it, and the photos are actually from real people’s homes. The tips are super practical and it makes you feel like you can be your own interior designer without having to spend loads of money on a professional one! This book is unlike any other coffee table book, and you’ll love it as much as I did!" —Pauline Sussmann, American television producer
"During my time living in countless different flats, I wish I had a resource like Rental Style in hand. . . . Chelsey’s book is a bit like having a friend holding your hand as she walks you through the sometimes turbulent and stressful world of apartment living. Step by step and room by room, her guidance and reassurance can truly transform any rental property into a thing of beauty." —Kimberly Duran, creator of Swoon Worthy, from the foreword
“Renters who drool over HGTV decorating shows but don’t have the freedom to knock down walls will swoon over this practical guide on how to cultivate maximum style in a nonpermanent setup. . . . This’ll be a hit with anyone who writes a rent check and wants to add a bit of flair to their home." —Publishers Weekly
"Experts suggest that those starting a career or moving to a new city should rent housing first and buy later. One concern with renting, though, is ensuring that the unowned apartment or house speaks to the individual’s sense of home—without the need to make alternatives that could be costly move-out issues. Enter interior decorator Brown, blogger behind City Chic Decor, who specializes in personalizing rentals. This is her room-by-room view, complete with good color photographs (it's hard to believe there’s contact paper on those countertops, for example). Every chapter features design products to consider that are fairly easy to take with, such as books, faux flowers, rugs, and floating shelves. There’s advice, too, for finding apartments (especially difficult in cities like Boston, New York, and San Francisco), from avoiding last-minute searches to signing a contract quickly. How to transform an ugly bathroom? Try a new shower curtain and rug. Includes a list of go-to resources." —Booklist