Meet the Blogger

Hi and welcome to #howirent!

If you’re new here, you might be wondering what #howirent is all about?  Well here’s a little back story for you.

I’m Medina, Author of Home Sweet Rented home and  DIY Blogger at Grillo Designs. I’m absolutely crazy about interiors and decorating my rented home (although the fact that I rent is still such a surprise to many). I have always been quite vocal about the fact that I rent. But its only been recently, that I’ve started  to talk a little more openly about all the pressures I felt as as a result of that.  The embarrassment and shame of not being able to afford my own home. The anxiety of never feeling settled – like at any moment the rug could be pulled out from under my feet. The challenges of decorating within the landlords restrictions and trying to figure out how much of my own investment , was too much?  

Can you relate?  Of course you can, that’s why you’re here right?

Here in the UK, we are just a tad bit obsessed with owning our own homes… ( on reflection, maybe that’s where all that perceived pressure comes from). Getting on to the  property ladder in this country is everything. Its seen as a sort of right of passage to a higher status in life. And a natural expectation, once you’ve found yourself a decent paying job.

But what do you do if you are struggling to save for an ever increasing deposit and have no choice other than to rent?

You make the most if it, that’s what you do.

And that’s really what the #howirent series is all about. 

A celebration of all the amazing renters out there who, in spite of it all, have managed to transform their homes into abodes of personality and style.

This website is a place for renters to come together to share their thoughts, and feelings throughout their renting journey. You can expect to find  regular home tours, useful information around renting, and decorating tips that won’t cost you your deposit . Articles are written by a variety of  diverse voices from all over to keep everything relevant, inclusive as well as balanced.

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