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San Francisco. #SanFrancisco Photo by Classic Casual Home.


Have you ever imagined living in the comfort of your home and then moving to an apartment? That’s not always an easy task, but add an exciting city like San Francisco and you might change your mind and starting packing for a new adventure! This is exactly what my friend, the interior designer and blogger, Mary Ann Pickett, from Classic Casual Home blog, did when her husband had his job transferred to this beautiful city.

Mary Ann found a charming but slightly outdated 1920s high-rise, and since this was going to be a rental, Mary Ann had to get really creative to make this apartment feel like her own. The first thing was getting permission to paint the walls, from dated peachy walls to classic off-white that serve as a canvas for her to display her beautiful furniture and decor pieces, while framing the gorgeous views of the bay.

Even the kitchen in this apartment was transformed and updated with gray paint (Mary Ann used the very popular “Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter HC-172) on cabinets and added some decorative pieces that are easy to reduplicate at home.

If you’re also moving to an apartment and need to find easy decor ideas for your rental, I can’t imagine another place more inspiring than Mary Ann’s. Take a look at these “Before and After” pictures to see how talented this incredible interior designer is!


Easy Decor Ideas for Apartment Rental

Apartment Living. #AparmentLiving Designed Classic Casual Home

 It’s easy to fall in love with an apartment with a view like that! I am happy for you, Mary Ann!

 Foyer “Before”

Foyer Before. #Before&After #Before&AfterInteriors

 The apartment had great bones with beautiful architectural details but it needed a color palette that could complement them. Mary Ann knew exactly what to do…

  Foyer “After”

Foyer Ideas. Foyer Design Ideas. Traditional foyer design. #Foyer #FoyerDesign #TraditionalInteriors  Designed by Chez Vous Home Interiors.

 The interior designer painted all the walls in “Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17” to brighten up the apartment. The foyer now feels classy and elegant.

 Rug is from “Restoration Hardware”.

 Living Room “Before”


 The living room is another space that needed good imagination and some fresh paint. Notice the stunning hardwood floors and the gorgeous marble fireplace.

 Living Room “After”

Bookcase Decor Ideas. Stylish Bookcase decorating ideas. #DecorIdeas #HomeDecorIdeas #Bookcases #BookshelvesDecor Designed by Chez Vous Home Interiors.

 I love how Mary Ann decorated the built-in. It’s full of personality and charm!

Mantel Decor

Mantel Decor Ideas. Beautiful Traditional Mantel Ideas. #Manterl #MantelDecor Designed by Chez Vous Home Interiors.

 The mantel decor is beautiful and you could never get tired of it. I am loving the topiaries.

 Mirror is from Anthropologie.


Home Decor Ideas. This traditional San Franscisco apartment is full of inspiring decor ideas. #HomeDecor #DecorIdeas #Apartment #Interiors #TraditionalInteriors  Designed by Chez Vous Home Interiors.

Beautiful hues against the white walls and mantel.

 Paint Color

"Benjamin Moore White Dove Oc-17". Living Room Decor Ideas. Classic Living Room Decor Ideas #LivingRoom #LivingRoomDecor  Designed by Chez Vous Home Interiors.

“Benjamin Moore White Dove Oc-17”

 Living Room Decor

Living Room Furniture Layout. Great living room furniture layout ideas. #LivingRoom #FurnitureLayout Designed by Chez Vous Home Interiors.

This living room feels warm and classic. Feminine decor is mixed with masculine pieces, such as the leather club chairs.

The sofa is a custom piece.

Rug is from “Restoration Hardware”.


Turquoise Decor Ideas. #TurquoiseDecor Designed by Classic Casual Home.

 You can find some unexpected soothing colors through decor and natural flowers.

 Kitchen “Before”

Kitchen Reno Ideas. Before This apartment rental kitchen get an easy reno! Love the results! #KitchenReno #ApartmentRenos #ApartmentKitchen   Designed by Chez Vous Home Interiors.

The 1980’s kitchen cabinets were pickled pink. Attractive? Nah… But there’s a hope for everything when Mary Ann enter the room! Yes, I can picture her with a super-hero cape too! 😉

 Kitchen “After”

Apartment Kitchen Reno Ideas. Easy Kitchen Reno Ideas. Paint and Decor! #KitchenReno #EasyKitchenReno #AffordableKitchenReno Designed by Chez Vous Home Interiors.

Ta-Dah! Take another look at the “Before” picture! Isn’t it amazing what some paint can do to outdated kitchen cabinets? This kitchen feels fresh, neutral and more modern!


Designed by Chez Vous Home Interiors.

This is the view Mary Ann has from her freshly painted kitchen!

 Kitchen Decor

Kitchen Decor Ideas. Beautiful Kitchen Decor. #KitchenDecor #KItchenDecorIdeas Designed by Chez Vous Home Interiors.

The countertop are in good shape and they’re neutral, so Mary Ann is keeping them and adding her personal touch with decor and yummy food, of course!


 Kitchen Cabinet Paint Colors

Benjamin Moore Paint Colors. #BenjaminMoore #ReverePewter. Kitchen Cabinet Painted in Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter. Designed by Chez Vous Home Interiors.

“Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter HC-172”


Kitchen Decor Ideas. #KItchenDecor Designed by Chez Vous Home Interiors.

 These coastal inspired oil paintings were bargains that Mary Ann bought in a flea market in Long Beach, California.

Coffee Station

Coffee Station. Kitchen Coffee Statio Ideas. #CoffeeStation #Coffee Designed by Chez Vous Home Interiors.

 Mary Ann loves her Nespresso machine and now I know what I am asking for Christmas!


Coffee. #Coffee Designed by Chez Vous Home Interiors.

 This is a little unfair to share, Mary Ann! 🙂


Bedroom Decor Ideas. Classic Bedroom Design Ideas. Bedroom. #Bedroom #BedroomDesign Designed by Chez Vous Home Interiors.

I am loving the master bedroom! It’s relaxing and cozy.

The  jute rug is from “Pottery Barn”. Mary Ann says that her dog loves chewing on it! 🙂

 Guest Bedroom “Before”

Bedroom. Before Photos.

 I would be a little lost with what to do with this built-in, but Mary Ann was very creative and made it look incredible!

 Guest Bedroom “After”

Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17 #BenjaminMoore #WhiteDove #OC17 #BenjaminMooreWhiteDove

The built-in now looks stylish and practical and it’s perfect for Mary Ann’s son.

 Blue & White

Coastal Bedroom Ideas. Coastal Bedroom Design. #CoastalBedroom Designed by Classic Chic Home.

 Classic blue and white bedding and bed adds a coastal-chic look to the bedroom.

Light Fixture

Lighting Ideas. Pendant Light Ideas. #PendantLighting Designed by Classic Casual Home.

Rope Pendants are the  “Palecek Green Oaks Pendant” designed by Jeffrey Alan Marks.


Bedroom Decor Ideas. Blue and white Bedroom Decor Ideas. #Bedroom #BedroomDecor #Blue&WhiteDecor Designed by Chez Vous Home Interiors.

 Gorgeous blue & white bedding and artwork.


Closet Organization Ideas. #ClosetOaganization Designed by Classic Chic Home. .

The shelves have some beautiful canvas baskets to help with storage.

Hooks were added to hand ties, hats, etc. I love how they look.

Hooks are the “Threshold™ 27″ Tri-Hook Rail – Cocoa/Soft Iron” from “Target”.

Canvas & Leather baskets are from Pottery Barn.


Bedroom Decor Ideas. Easy Bedroom Decorating Ideas. #Bedroom #BedroomDecor #BedroomDecoratingIdeas Designed by Classic Casual Home.

 What a gorgeous look!

The rope door stop is form Target, but they seem to be discontinued. This rope nautical door stop is similar.

Notice that Mary Ann turned the books around. This makes the space feel even more neutral.

 Dressing a Dresser

Bedroom Idea.s Beautiful Bedroom with easy decorating ideas. #Bedroom #BedroomDecor. Designed by Classic Casual Home.

This Ikea dresser looks super chic with the turquoise knobs.

Knobs are the “Blue Green Crackled Glass Knobs” from Anthropologie.

Lamp Shade is the “Burlap Upholstered Lamp Shade” in dark blue, from Pottery Barn.

 Tray is from Target.


Coastal Bedroom Decor. Easy ideas for coastal bedroom decor. #Bedroom #CoastalBedroom #CoastalDecor Designed by Classic Casual Home.

White linen pillows shams are from “Pottery Barn”.

 This bed was originally from WS Home, but this one is similar Upholstered Bed.

Bedroom View

Apartment Decor Ideas. Easy Apartment Rental Decor Ideas. Designed by Chez Vous Home Interiors.

Doesn’t this bedroom have an amazing view?


Office Decor Ideas. Home Office Decor. #HomeOffice #HomeOfficeDecor Designed by Chez Vous Home Interiors.

Mary Ann made the best of her small home office! I love the decor. She says she can hear the “ding ding ding” from cable car passing by all the time. Some things you only find in San Francisco!

 Office Decor

Home Decor Ideas. Easy Home Decor Ideas. Designed by Classic Casual Home.



San Francisco Apartment Reno. #SanFrancisco #Apartment #ApartmentReno. Designed by Classic Chic Home

 It’s easy to see why Mary Ann fell in love with this apartment!


  California Lifestyle

Gorgeous home of Mary Ann from Classic Casual Home. Blog. #ClassicCasualHome #Blog .

Although Mary Ann and her family are currently living in San Francisco, she still have her beautiful home in Newport Beach, California. Click here to see her gorgeous home featured at “Better Homes and Gardens” magazine.


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I hope you had a great time here. I love preparing posts, but it gets even more fun when I share a friend’s home. It’s definitely extra special! 🙂

Wishing you a wonderful day!

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8 Comments to 'Easy Decor Ideas for Apartment Rental'

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  1. I love all the pictures! The before and after is just great — now it feels so like a home. I hope she stays for a long time.

  2. This is such a great post, Luciane…pulling photos from all over the place!! A lot of work! I will make sure to link back to this on my next post. You are the best!

  3. Unbelievably beautiful! Her apartment is so pulled together looking without being over styled. I love the little office — great use of that tiny space.

  4. Fabiana said,

    Mary Ann has the best style! Her apartment is amazing…

    ciao! XO

  5. How fun to see Mary Ann’s house all in one place! Great job Luciane 🙂 She has so much talent for styling – I can see many of these photos in a coffee table book, can’t you?
    Thanks for sharing!
    Hope you are doing well my friend … it has been to long. We need to catch up. Send me a nice long email telling me how you are doing 🙂 🙂 xxoo

  6. franki said,

    What a talented lady! franki

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