Old and New & Decorating a Rental

This past year has been a whirlwind of emotions for our family!  Back in July, we sold our home of 12 years.  It's crazy how attached you can become, both physically and emotionally.
Brett and I literally poured blood, sweat and tears into the walls of our home. 

The greatest shock is looking at photos when we moved in, and then the day we moved out. It seems that all the measuring and wood cutting really made our house a home, and that was just the part Brett was in charge of ;)

So many styles and trends changed over the course of 12 years.  When we first built our home Red, Yellow and Black was the THING to do. That quickly switched to beige, and beige turned to grays and blues. I am excited to see what comes next!

Before and After of our old home

Lets fast forward to now! We are planning around 10-12 months to build this next house, and that doesn't include the last few months it has taken to design a floor plan.  In the meantime, we are happy and that is what's most important.  In truth it, has been super nice to not stress over the house or yard as I did before. I don't stress over moldings or carpet and I think I've even become more relaxed about decorating.  Having my life more simplified and all my decor in storage, has been a mini vacation for me:)  I'm able to save all my creative juices for other fun design endeavors. 

Going from a home you LOVE to a rental is not easy on the emotions or nerves. But, I knew we would be in this place for awhile because custom building takes a long time! 

When we started to shop for a rental, I wanted a place my kids would be happy in. I wanted it to feel cozy and as much like home as possible. We REALLY lucked out and found a great place. A
5 bedroom 3 bath house with a large basement and storage room. It was in the neighborhood we wanted, the school district that my kids have friends in, and the BEST part is this rental is bigger than our old home.  Each of my kids have their own rooms, plus it has a large yard with a tramp for them to play in. So there is lots of room for them and for me ;)

Here are some pictures taken the day we moved in!

Here is what I did with the space. I didn't buy anything new, just put together old pieces I had from our old home. I think it turned out pretty nice considering I didn't buy anything new:)
Over the next few months, I will be sharing a Rental Series. I will talk about tips and tricks on making a rental cute and functional without spending a ton of money or changing the paint or adding trim or any other element that you have the freedom to change in a home you own. 

This journey has been fun for me to grow and work outside of my comfort zone.

So watch for upcoming posts!!!
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