Ever since I was in college and Friends was on, I’ve been dreaming of having my own house, a place to call my own where I can unleash my creative powers and organize the space the way I want it. But reality tells me that we’re not there just yet. For now, my rental is the closest thing I have to calling a home, so I try to keep it as comfortable as possible.
Looking for ideas to spruce it up a bit, I came across this great design site that features an inspiring remodeling of a San Francisco flat. Antonio Martins, a resourceful San Francisco-based designer, put his skills to work and transformed his Potrero Hill residence, an 1891 Victorian gem, into a fashionable, yet unpretentious residence, offering a great example of fine urban living.
If you’re aiming for the same country-style look with your renovation project, here are a few tips that might get you started.
By using an eclectic mix of contemporary design, vintage pieces and sleek vision, you could re-create the image of a charming Tuscan villa in your own rental.
The country cottage look may be achieved by combining patchwork designs with wrought iron pieces, pine, beech or dark oak furniture, wooden floorboards or stone flooring. Traditional patterned rugs and a whitewashed china cabinet make the best way to invite rustic style in. There are plenty of antique shops around town where you can find charming, time-worn pieces to cater to any taste and budget. Choose fabrics in earthy tones for your sofas or armchairs for a warm and inviting feel.
Your bedroom will gain a plus of energy and brightness if you go for a rustic look. Calming shades of green and blue or soothing cream colors can be brought together to display a picture of simple sophistication.
If you have enough space, bring in a four-poster bed finished in cream with lavish cast iron panels and draped with muslin canopies. Dress your windows in fabric blinds or floral patterns and there you have it: your own French country-style heaven.
Bathrooms in natural flooring, enhanced with antique items – a wrought metal dressing stand, a vessel sink standing on a rustic table or a slipper tub – will add to the whole country-style look.
- Inspiration to Interpretation – Cottage Rustic Updated (pillowsandpaint.wordpress.com)
- Mediterranean Design and Decor 101 (apartmentguide.com)