For many design-lovers, buying your own home is as much about unleashing your creativity as achieving stability. But with the UK turning more and more into a nation of renters, it can be hard to put your personal mark on your interiors when it's not exactly your space to mark. That's why our inspiration book of the month is Joanna Thornhill's Home for Now: Making your Rented Space or First House Beautiful – a book that offers advice for turning a temporary property into a warm and welcoming place to live.
Written by freelance interiors stylist Joanna Thornhill, this book encourages readers to use landlord and purse-friendly tricks to spark your creativity and help you add personal touches to their home. This is not just aimed at renters either. Joanna opens this book out to first-time buyers too, who might find themselves a bit strapped for cash following their property purchase.
Joanna has previously created inspirational interiors for the likes of Country Homes & Interiors and Good Homes as well as doing commercial work for TK Maxx and Dulux. If anyone knows how to make a house a home, it's her.
Room by room
The book is divided up into sections dedicated to the different areas of the house, so you can pick your top priority area and start from there. Each chapter – including areas like living spaces, kitchens, bedrooms, and even creative workspaces – comes with high-quality photographs to help get your creative juices flowing. Then once you've decided which idea to go with, you can follow the full step-by-step DIY tutorials that come at the end of each chapter.
Get landlords on board
Landlords can often be strict about tenants making decorative changes so look out for Johanna's renters' checklist. This will help whenever you talk to your landlord about potential interior design revamps. She offers some great tips on how to approach alterations and rental agreements, as well as some helpful advice on discussing financial contributions. As a renter, you always want to keep your landlord on your side, which is why this book approaches these negotiations in the best way possible: communicate and reach a solution that will provide a little something for both sides.
Revamping a property can often be a win-win situation. Before you get started on your new interior design project, make sure you follow the right steps to stay safe as you DIY – especially if this is your first time on both the property ladder and your new set of step ladders too.