How to Make a Rental Office Your Own

Apr 13 2016

by Erin Phillips

As a creative entrepreneur, you often find yourself inhabiting a space that may not be permanently your own. Whether it’s a creative co-op, or even your own home office in a rented apartment, it’s easy to add temporary updates to make a room your own and inspire your creativity for a thriving business.


Photo credit: Liz Fogarty

Change Your Lighting

It’s amazing how much a new ceiling or pendant light can change a room. They’re also relatively inexpensive and easy to install, which make them perfect for a rental. Just make sure to keep the old fixture or be okay with leaving the one you bought for the space. My favorite places to buy ceiling lights for a rental are Ikea and World Market.

If you’re not up for the challenge of a ceiling light, just go for a cute desk or floor lamp. I think Target is killing it right now with their lighting.

Add Texture

There’s something to be said about curtains, pillows, throw blankets and rugs that add texture to a room and also soak up excess sound. All these pieces can be easily removed or repurposed for a new space (or pulled from another room). Try a cowhide rug, you’ll be happy with that piece in almost any room. If you already have curtains and they’re just too long, buy some iron-on hem tape to make them shorter.



Photo credit: Liz Fogarty

Personalize Your Desk

Decorating the top of your desk is where you can get the most personal. Add your favorite coffee table or industry-related books, a frame with an inspirational quote (Etsy is the best resource for these!), colorful pens (I love the Le Pen brand) and a candle to make it functional and fun. My favorite year-round candle scent is Capri Blue from Anthropologie. I haven’t met a person yet that hasn’t enjoyed that smell.

Naturally Incorporate Your Tools for Success

You can’t have an office without a printer, Wi-Fi router, trashcan, storage and if you’re visual like me, you like a whiteboard too. I try to make these things part of the décor, like sitting my printer on top of a styled bookshelf and hanging my whiteboard like a piece of art (bonus if you get markers that match the colors of your pillows, curtains, etc.).


By incorporating these four tips into your temporary office, you’re bound to create a space that works for and inspires you. What are some of your tips for decorating a rental office space?

Happy decorating!
Erin, @erinnicolep
Attention to Darling



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Erin is the CEO and Founder of Pinckney Palm, a Charleston and London based social media agency, and lifestyle blog Attention to Darling Blog. At Pinckney Palm her team helps women business owners strategically manage their social media and online presence. Pinckney Palm strategically manages and advises your social media so that your online presence is growing without you having to stress over things like what to post on Instagram, if you’re even being heard on Facebook, and what the best time of day to post is. Plus, they bring you the latest and greatest social media updates. Spearheaded by Erin, who has run social media for Capital One in Washington DC, and clients like Le Creuset, BMW, Blackberry Farm, Caromont Health and more agency side (plus bringing insights from Europe where she has been based in London), their clients trust they’re with the most nimble and knowledgeable solution. They work with a range of businesses from a wedding photographer to a jewelry designer to an event planner and makers of fantastic dishwear. If you’re a woman-owned business who needs someone to take the stress out of social media and instead replace it with strategy and knowledge, they're your team.

Erin was born and raised in Greenville, SC but after graduating from Clemson University with a degree in Communication Studies and four internships (ranging from non-profit marketing to PR to BMW to an advertising agency) - she moved all over, from Richmond, VA to Washington DC to Charleston and even London where she documents her family's travels and life on her blog, Attention to Darling (@attentiontodarlingblog).

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