Ideas and Where to Shop: How to own your home décor — without owning your home

Almost half of all new Columbia residents rent a space during their first year in the city. Even if you don’t own the place, don’t let that stop you from making it feel uniquely yours — it’s easier than you think. Try shopping local and following these ideas to personalize your space.

1.  Pillows are an easy and inexpensive way to personalize and add color to your space. Locally, you can find handmade pillow covers without having to replace the inserts at Plume. The covers are available to purchase off the floor, or you can create one-of-a-kind pieces from a selection of fabrics. Allow two weeks for any order.

2.  Add an area rug. Not only do area rugs add color to a space, but they also bring cohesion, define spaces and ground furniture. However, finding just the right size rug can feel like a scavenger hunt. Carpet One can cut rugs to whatever size you choose and add binding for a finished look, giving you a custom area rug that will fit your needs perfectly. You can also shop rug choices from the comfort of your own home while supporting local businesses at shop.

3.  Switch out details. Lighting fixtures and cabinet hardware can be a hassle-free way to dramatically change a room’s appearance. You might not be  able to choose your kitchen cabinets, but you can often update the hardware on them without permanent damage. Designer Kitchens and Baths offers in-store and online options. Try checking local hardware and improvement stores. For superficial upgrades such as drawer handles, all you need is a screwdriver!

Depending upon the lighting fixture, its shades usually can be replaced easily. With light electrical work, swapping out the entire fixture is an option. Just remember to take your new fixture with you when you move out! Bright City Lights offers a variety of options and pricing.

4.  Adding plants to your home literally brings life to a space. Options to personalize plants and pots are endless. Some plants thrive indoors with little sunlight. Orchids and succulents are clean and modern, while fresh herbs such as basil, rosemary and mint can be more practical options. Be creative with the container — consider glass jars, teacups or wooden boxes, or decorate a plain clay pot for instant charm and character.
Explore Columbia Farmers Market, and purchase from local growers. Or give back by shopping at Giving Gardens, which offers well-cared-for indoor and outdoor plants while supporting people with disabilities. Other local greenhouses such as Strawberry Hill Farms and Helmi’s Gardens offer a wide variety of indoor and outdoor plant options. When at Helmi’s, look for rabbits, birds and cats as you stroll through the greenhouse.

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5.  Add storage and access frequently used items with personalized shelving. To dress up standard shelves purchased from home improvement stores, use peel-and-stick wallpaper to add pizzazz. For DIY instructions and tools to use, watch tutorials such as this one on YouTube. For items that are unsightly for displaying on open shelving, consider purchasing wicker baskets or cloth boxes in complimentary colors. For more tips on displaying items, check out this HGTV article.

Looking for the perfect side table, lighting fixture or wreath for your front door? Shop these Columbia home décor shops. Click for directions and more information below.









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