About a month ago, Brooklyn boy and I were driving home from church and noticed a FOR RENT sign in front of a big beautiful OLD house in downtown Franklin. Remember, we live in Nashville, ahem . . . Franklin, now. We stopped and grabbed a flyer, because hey, we love looking at houses and are secretly always scrolling craigslist for other rentals. The flyer listed out a few goofy details that intrigued us enough to call the owner. 15 minutes later we were touring the house and going crazy over it! It's big and really old - built in 1840! But has fantastic character, wood burning fire places and so much history. Lord willing, we were able to slip out of our old lease and into the new one fairly painlessly.
This house has been a gift. We are so tickled to live here for the time being. We'd love to buy one day soon, but for now we are enjoying the simple (and sometimes odd) world of renting!
Now, having lived in New York for 7 years, I know the challenges that renting can bring when it comes to making your apartment or house into a home. Over the years, I've picked up a few tricks to making our apartments feel owned, loved and lived in. Let's call them Renting Redo's. It's either that or Naptime Revamps. I.E. my baby is napping, so I have 10 minutes to do something creative.
All this to say - we are finally settled into the new house and I've been hit with a new wave of inspiration. I've got a handful of pieces we've been moving around the past few years that are in major need of a facelift. I've also got some major house quirks to contend with. So lets jump in with the first quick and easy Renting Redo DIY. An ottoman overhaul.
Blue and white Waverly fabric left over from our DIY headboard & bright turquoise paint.
Right now the ottoman is living underneath the desk in our bedroom, which Id show you if our room wasn't covered in piles! Next Renting Redo will address our front porch! Hope you'll join us for the next round!