Today Olive and I went for a little walk to meet Sebastian on his lunch break, we had a house viewing booked. It wasn't a house though, it was a cottage and oh my it was a beauty. We are talking working fire place, butler sink and cream cupboards in the kitchen, wooden floors and a potential sewing nook under the stairs. I walked through the painted wooden front door and I went all heart eyes.
Olive coo-ed away whilst we wandered around and inspected the cosy cottage, picturing where our furniture would sit in each room. It was my version of perfection for sure.
Sebastian did like it too but suggested we stay put in our lovely huge town house for the time being. The cottage was more expensive per month and we would have to find new homes for lots of our furniture. As long as the agency get on to the landlord and demand a new bathroom and fixes the few things we have been waiting for all these years.
If we stay here, and we at least get our promised new bathroom, I will definitely make a trip to the hardware store and buy some paint. We have lived here for nearly five and a half years and though it mostly feels like home it really does need some love. I think a fresh lick of paint everywhere, a good clear out (which will probably take a couple of weekends!) and some new curtains are in order.
But first things first is Olive's room.
I was so ready for her to go into her room when she was four months old. The poor little lady has been quite unsettled for a few weeks now. So much so that Sebastian has been sleeping in the spare room/office on 'school' nights due to the occasional snoring... which happens to disturb the poor girl. That being send she has been sleeping like a dream ever since, hardly waking in the night now (which is a breath of fresh air from every 1-2 hours!!). I am hoping she will get a better night sleep (as well as me!) in her own space.
I am so excited at the thought that we will decorate her room as we have so many lovely pictures and prints to put up, as well as the vintage letters that spell her name which were bought for her for Christmas.
The more I think about staying and decorating the more I feel happier. I can see us staying here for a couple of years more at least, until Olive is old enough to really 'need' a garden to explore. Until then though, we are surrounded by parks and all sorts of fun days out so it isn't the be all and end all.
I am going to spend my evening scouring Pinterest for other ideas to spruce up rented properties.

Do you have any ideas how to spruce things up in a rented space, other than paint and a little move around/ switching things up?


  1. We live in rented property, it's the cute cottage with barn door, butlers sink, wood burner and original beams. It's small, we've looked around for larger homes, but when did rented property become so expensive?! Luckily we love it, as we're staying put for a while.
    Decorating tips for rented properties? Paint - not only on walls but furniture too. Add rugs, change handles and curtains, hang pictures. You've got good style so I'm sure you'll have it all under control.
    I look forward to seeing pictures of Olive's room.

  2. It is so tricky in a rented property. There is so much I would love to do in our home but our Estate Agent is pretty strict. We were told off for painting a wall (the exact same colour as it was previously) just to freshen it up, so frustrating as we were only trying to keep it nice, it's our home after all. Good luck with the decorating x x

  3. That sounds like the most magical cottage! What a shame that it's not the right moment. I'm sure there'll be plenty of new opportunities though! Good luck with decorating and making the most out of your current place :)

    Mimmi xx
    Muted Mornings

  4. I'm just like you right now, dreaming of buying a gorgeous country cottage and turning it into a proper family home! (so broody..!). Not meaning this to sound like a total plug, but my boyfriend is an electrician and he's just started a new blog called and I think he's planning on writing about how to decorate your rental property and make it feel like home while you're dreaming about your 'proper', could be worth a look (or nudging him to get writing about it!). haha! Olive is gorgeous, and what a beautiful name she has!


  5. Aw she is the most adorable thing. I wish I could help with the rented property! I am currently in a one bed flat in chester city centre that is so plain & bla but we can't paint, add curtains, or even put up pictures :( I'm currently looking for somewhere with an extra room, garden & pets allowed. It's not going

  6. I totally feel your pain on adjusting things in rented property, and not fully settling in until you have your own place. But someone told me a few months ago, that if I'm to live somewhere even if I don't own it, I need to LIVE there and make it my own. Life is too short to keep waiting. We never know what's around the corner, so might as well enjoy your surroundings to the fullest. And for me, that means more cute furniture and rugs, plus a few holes in the wall for big art pieces.


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