The other day I stumbled upon this fantastic San Francisco apartment on the New York Times and haven't been able to get it out of my mind since. The tenant, Grant Gibson, an interior designer, offered his landlord a deal: for two months' free rent ($3000) he would renovate the place. This sounds like a win-win situation to me and one I'll definitely keep in mind for futures moves!
He sanded the floors and stained them walnut. He also framed pages out of an old book and used hand-me down items, like an antique Turkish rug for a budget friendly way to create high impact style.
Mr. Gibson added built-ins to heighten the architectural presence of the space and added mirrors at the back of the cabinets to create depth.
A few investment pieces, like the beautiful secretary and painting above, matched with practical touches like these bamboo Roman shades from Target, are the perfect blending of old and new, expensive and economical. The result? A cozy and luxurious rental, anyone would be happy to call home!
*Be sure to check out Mr. Gibson's portfolio. It's stunning!