So . . ., you've finally found the perfect place, lots of storage, nice size rooms, all the extra amenities. But, then you're told "no painting and no making holes in the walls"! You feel all your decorating plans going out the window. What can you do to make the space your own.

Well don't despair. There are many ways to get around the restrictions and limitations and I am here to share the ways I've overcome them over the past 18yrs.

I hope you enjoy my tips and will also share your own. I'll also be sharing some of my on going projects. Once again . . .

Barbe aka Bee

January 10, 2012

A Period of Creative Freedom

I've never believed in living in a place and not making the space my own.  When I had guest, whether friends or strangers, I didn't want them to be able to tell I was in a rental just from appearance.  If you've ever rented, you know that isn't always easy, especially if you have health issues as I do.  For 12yrs I had the pleasure of renting from an owner who granted me complete freedom, short of taking down walls, in creative decor both inside and outside of my space.  The space was a rather roomy 2bdrm duplex with a backyard to rival many homes in size.  My health was fairly well at the time, so I did a lot of major project of diy, as well as, interior decorating and gardening.   Unfortunately, I know longer enjoy such freedom as I had to move 6 years ago.  But I do have some pics of a few of my makeovers from that time.  I hope you enjoy the pics.

I'm afraid I'm having problems with some of my pics. This is my bedroom from 2005 with my first attempt at doing a color-wash on the walls.  I created the lamps myself, ordering the parts from ebay.  The lampshades were basic white and I added the details myself.  Don't know if you can tell, but there are crystals hanging from under the fringe.  The bed is queen size and was a dark brown stain when I got it at the thrift for $10.00.  I kept it that way for 2yrs as it went so well when my room was decorted in blue willow.

This hutch was a gift from a friend.  The back wall shows the original color.  Unfortunately, the top surface of the bottom half was burnt really bad so re-staining wasn't an option.  As I tried sanding it, I could see the burn was deep in the wood.  So this was truly my first attempt at painting furniture.  Later I'll post pics of the present color change.  I'm planning on revamping it again this spring as I plan on selling it.  I've noticed since I started living in apartments that its always just too big! *sigh*

Anyway, I'll have many more pics up as soon as I get my
printer/scanner up and running again.


  1. What a great blog idea!!! Love your pics!!! I don't have HGTV anymore...do they not do much decorating these days!??! So curious on the scoop of that!!! You're going to do GREAT and capture a huge scope of readers, I just know it!!! Thanks for sharing!! I'm excited to be your newest GFC follower!!! XO, Aimee

    PS Be sure to check out my $50 giveaway!!! Crossing my fingers for you to win!!! XO!

    1. Hi Aimee, so sorry it took so long to answer. I'm still trying to figure out the blog programming. lol Thank you so much for your kind words. HGTV doesn't have as many decorating shows anymore, mostly real estate programs and a few gardening. I don't have it anymore either but do check there website every now and then. I'm afraid I missed your giveaway, I think. By the way, do you know how I can add your button to my blog? Haven't figured it out as yet. Hope to see you again soon.
      Barbe : )


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