Renter's Paradise: Stylize Your Rental

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Renting doesn’t mean you have to live like a glorified dorm dweller. With a little creativity, you can own your space. Sacramento interior designer and veteran renter Amy Aswell is a pro at making a rental property feel like home. Here’s a look at some of her design tricks. 

Mix high and low. Amy Aswell furnished the living room of her Upper Land Park rental with a Crate & Barrel sectional, a limited-edition print, an Ikea rug and a DIY coffee table made of reclaimed wood and hairpin legs that she ordered online.

Art on the cheap. She spent $3.50 at Kinko’s to have a photo blown up into an engineer print, then put it in an old frame that she spray-painted gold.

Thoroughly modern. She paid $350 for a set of Thonet chairs at m.a.r.k. vintage and paired them with a knockoff of a Saarinen table from Ikea. She also swapped out the landlord’s chandelier for a George Nelson pendant.

Buy pieces you’ll love forever. She’s had this Sapien vertical bookcase from Design Within Reach for years: “It works everywhere.”