Home Decor in a Rental Property

Now that we’ve been in our new home for a little while (six months!) it’s about time we started sorting the place out. We’re not entirely living out of cardboard boxes right now – but we’re really only a couple of steps from that. I realised the other day that we don’t even have lampshades! 

And so I’ve been looking online for bits and bobs to make the house more of a home. We have been looking at ornaments and pictures and things we can add to the house without changing the walls – or making whacking great holes in them.

Because this house is a rental (and because I am rubbish at DIY) we can’t really do things like redecorating rooms or putting up shelves  – so we have to make do with small pieces of furniture, photos on the existing wall hooks and beautiful rugs and mats. This involves a lot of visiting shops for window shopping, and a fair amount of online browsing too… it’s great fun!

sari rug

As well as looking for gorgeous things for our gorgeous new house, we also now have a garden for the first time in S’s life  – and so we are on the lookout for some pieces for the garden. I for one am in absolute love with these zen dog garden sculptures

zen dog garden sculpture

Again, it’s a rental, and I’ve signed a letting agreement to say that I won’t change anything in the garden so I can really only add a few bits and bobs here and there… and of course plant all of the seeds S was saving up for the 6 months before we moved! 

It can be tricky to make a rental property feel like your own, when you don’t get to choose the colours of the carpets or the walls – but there are plenty of things you can do to make it your home by adding rugs, ornaments and pictures.

All of the items featured in this post come from UncommonGoods, a privately-owned retailer aiming to feature unique jewelery, designer decor, tabletop items and handcrafted gifts created in harmony with the environment and without harm to animals or people. Their lowest paid seasonal worker is paid 50% above the minimum wage, and one-third of their entire collection incorporates recycled and/or upcycled materials. 


Vicky is a single mother, a blogger, a podcaster and a social media trainer. You can find her blogging, business and social media tips at

1 Comment
  • Kate Evans


    Hi! Vicky, I like your post because, I want to decorate my home, but the problem is that, the home is not my own. I live on rent. Your blog gave me the ideas of decorating the home on rental property, so thanks for sharing it with us.

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