Keep your landlord happy and hang curtains without putting any holes in the wall plus other rental decorating ideas that are easy and inexpensive.
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If you’ve been around for awhile, you know we are in the middle of moving into a Japanese rental house. We are expecting to get our furniture shipment this week!
This shipment has our office supplies, decor, and my beloved piano and music. While I’m
patiently waiting, I decided to do a little bit with what I do have.
The houses in Okinawa are built to withstand typhoons so often the walls are made of concrete. This already makes it hard to hang things plus the landlord only allows tiny little nails and we are also not allowed to paint the walls. Hanging curtains turned out to be an adventure.
I knew I wanted to add more depth and interest with layers in our master bedroom. I realized pinch and pleat curtains for the existing curtains rods were the most cost effective and easy to find after doing some research so I finally made the purchase.
I hung sheers that I had purchased from IKEA years ago over the Japanese curtains by attaching our curtain rod brackets to velcro strips. IKEA is a great place to look for for extra long curtains at a reasonable price by the way!
Four sets of curtains have successfully been hung in our house this easy method with command strips. I should warn you that this really only works for light cotton or sheers (or invest in more sturdy command strips!). My heavier curtains fell down immediately when I tried hanging them this way.
I also used a few command hooks to hang three little mirrors and many other art pieces in the house.
They are official our first wall art!
I found this large white fur rug (it’s about three times has big as in the picture) in a local shop for under $30!
I think we might need fur in every room. It’s soooo soft. The kids and I make “fur angels” in it!
While we wait for it to come together, seeing the ocean from our sliding doors every day is amazing.
UPATE: You can see how the room turned out in our master bedroom reveal.
In the mornings the little farm is full of local elementary students up-keeping the land.
The school also plays classical music and traditional Japanese songs over the speakers all day. It really is something.
Even with the sheers closed, you can still see the blue water.
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