Let’s call this a lesson in looking past previous tenant’s belongings – for all of you who may be apartment or home hunting. We found photos of our place when it was available for rent years ago.

Three guys lived here before us. Of course I am going to decorate a bit differently.

Things to pay attention to when house hunting:
– ceiling height
– flooring (hard wood!)
– natural light
– architectural detail

Nothing else matters.

Things to ignore when house hunting:
– window treatments
– light fixtures
– paint colors
– all furnishings

That is all easily changeable.

Case in point, when you look at the photos below there are only 3 differences in the home itself (furniture excluded):
1. every room has a fresh coat of Ultra Bright White by Behr paint
2. we switched out the light fixtures (which I explain in more detail here)
3. we asked our landlord to change the carpet in the two guest bedrooms because it was in pretty bad shape (you can always ask this of a landlord assuming there’s a security deposit from the previous tenants – that’s the whole point of a security deposit).

Everything else is just a different vision and style for furnishings!

 

The Living Room Then

Our Living Room Now

SHOP OUR LIVING ROOM

 

The Dining Room Then

Our Dining Room Now

SHOP OUR DINING ROOM

 

The Master Bedroom Then

Our Master Bedroom Now

SHOP OUR MASTER BEDROOM

 

The Guest Room Then

Our Guest Room Now

SHOP THE GUEST ROOM

 

The Bathroom Then

Our Bathroom Now

What do you think? Are you able to see past homes’ furnishings when hunting? I know this is difficult for a lot of people.

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