Apartment Hunting Tips: How to Find a Rental You’ll Actually Love

Apartment hunting 101

If you're currently apartment hunting, you're not alone. Over 36% of Americans rent their homes, and in these summer months, that means a good portion of renters are closing out old leases and moving to new places. Whether you're a new renter, or you've signed a few leases in your day, the whole process of apartment hunting can be overwhelming. There are so many options to sift through, scams to avoid, and factors to consider when figuring out how to find an apartment. Continue Reading

10 Ways to Love Your Rental Bathroom

Ugly apartment bathroom solutions: From moldy caulk lines to ugly shower doors, here's one renters take on how to deal with an unsightly restroom.

If you have ever leased a home, you know the struggles that can plague a rental bathroom. Unless it's a brand new building, the restroom is likely going to have a unique set of unfortunate details. I've been a renter for all of my adult life. I've seen my fair share of bizarre bathroom situations – from lime green walls to landline phone accessibility next to the tub (true story). My current apartment bathroom has it's own flaws that over time I've either figured out how to disguise or how to live with. Continue Reading

Studio Apartment Woes: Create a Bedroom Out of Thin Air!

created at: 02/09/2011

What’s more shocking to me, other than the fact that this studio apartment was transformed into a one bedroom, is how much bigger it looks after!  It’s magic, I tell you.  Magic (and lots of hard work).  

created at: 02/09/2011

The 22-year-old apartment dweller and first-time renovator couldn’t imagine having his bed in the middle of his living room, so he set about finding an affordable solution.  Enter IKEA.  Using cupboard doors from the PAX collection, our DIYer created a bedroom out of thin air (and buckets of sweat).  Continue Reading

The Most Cheerful Home (and Office) On The Planet

created at: 01/18/2011

Those are big words, I realize, but this really may be the brightest, happiest, most perfectly colorful space I’ve ever laid eyes on.  Don’t believe me?  Read on!  

created at: 01/18/2011

This fabulous one-bedroom apartment belongs to Santa Monica resident and event planner/florist Megan Fickling.  She has this to say about her style:

I love color and I also love crisp, modern, white decor. I wanted our place to feel bright, cheerful, young and modern with some eclectic accents. Continue Reading

Home Office: Thriftastic and Modern

created at: 01/11/2011

What?  “Thriftastic” is totally a word.  And really, it’s the best word to describe this cheerful, all-in-one home office/crafting station.  

created at: 01/11/2011

Megan Jeyifo, whose fabulously thrifty style can be seen on her blog Urban Casita, carved out a bright, colorful nook to serve as a work station for crafting and blogging (she also writes for ReadyMade).

created at: 01/11/2011

I love, love, love the way she mixes modern, vintage pieces with more ecclectic thrift store finds (like the magazine rack, which she scored for a mere $6).  Continue Reading

How to Make Peel Off Fabric Wallpaper


Are you living in a leased space and your landlord forbids painting, wallpapering, and hammering into his precious walls? And are the blank walls are driving you nuts?  Here’s a simple, easily reversible way to wallpaper your wall with fabric and strip it right off when you move. It’s so simple, ReadyMade

tells you to soak a lightweight cotton fabric in a bucket of liquid starch. Then, with a brayer or straightedge, smooth the fabric onto the wall. Continue Reading