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Decorating a Rented Space, with Jamie from "C.R.A.F.T."

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Learn decorating tips just for apartments and rental homes. Check out some fun decorating and organization tutorials too!

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Trying to decorate your apartment or rental home without breaking the rules? Jamie shares special tips so you can decorate your home!

Tell us more about "C.R.A.F.T."  (Creating Really Awesome Free Things)! When did you start "C.R.A.F.T." and what motivated you to start your website? Can you tell our readers what "C.R.A.F.T." has to offer?

I started "C.R.A.F.T." in February 2010. Holy cow, almost 3 years ago! I the discovered blog world while reading family blogs, and came across one with links to craft blogs. I was hooked. Seriously, I started "C.R.A.F.T." the day after I saw my first craft blog. I’m crazy like that! I knew nothing about blogging! I’ve grown and changed a lot as a blogger, writer, and (pseudo) photographer, but my love for DIY-ing with freebies has been going strong for as long as I could hold a hot glue gun and buy spray paint! Over at "C.R.A.F.T.", you can expect to find fun ways to spruce up your home, wardrobe, kitchen, and kids with things you already own!

We noticed that you are renting an apartment. Have there been decorating challenges you have faced due to living in a rental? What is the upside to decorating a rented space?

My living situation at the moment is confusing, ha! We own a condo in Austin that we decided to rent when we moved to Florida in 2011. Going from owning to renting made decorating very tricky. Painting walls and building suspended desks were not allowed in our rental.  Heck, even hanging pictures was a nightmare, we had cement walls to protect us form hurricanes! 3M strips solved the picture-hanging dilemma. Another fun project that got us some extra storage was turning a $5 door into a vertical kitchen organizer!

Which room in your living space is your favorite and why?

After only 18 months in Florida, we moved back to Texas. We’re currently in a transition phase (at my parents house!) looking for the perfect fixer upper in Austin, TX. At the moment, I don’t have any space to call my own. But, if I had to pick a favorite space from our Florida apartment, I would say the balcony. We lived on the 15th floor of our building and it faced west. We had incredible sunsets and ate dinner outside most nights. The balcony was not the cutest space in our house, but the views were ah.maaay.zing, my dinner partner was hunky, and being on the balcony meant work was over for the day!

What are three pieces of advice you can give to moms who are looking to decorate their space?

1: Find one piece you love. Like, super duper love. A rug, a picture, a piece of furniture, a pattern, a pillow, and use that as the jumping off point for creating your space. I found a $15 inspiration pillow from Target!

2: Spray paint is your friend.

3: It’s just decorating. If you don’t like something, change it! Take it back, move it to another room, spray-paint it, craigslist it, garage sale it, hide it in your mom’s attic. Paint can be re-painted and holes in the wall can be filled. Decorating should be fun, enjoy the process!

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