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Easy, frugal ways to turn a rental into a home of your own

Over the toilet, hang a spa towel shelf such as those used in hotels to get more storage: Carter's is Gatco Model 1537 in chrome, about $59 at gatcoinc.com.


Really make the place your own by choosing a signature home fragrance. She likes Seda France Hyacinth, described as "a fresh, white floral," about $30 at sedafrance.com.


Roman shades are a cost-effective way to inject high style into your rental. Most windows require only two yards of fabric, a lot less than conventional curtains, so you can splurge on a designer fabric.

Remove dated lighting fixtures and put them in storage so you can hang them back up when you move out. Affordable copies of classic period fixtures with glass shades are available at schoolhouseelectric.com.


Install brighter-wattage bulbs in the light fixtures to make the place look cheerier, especially in the winter months.


Replace a puny medicine cabinet with something more spacious and modern. wall-hung design that's mirrored inside and out: NuTone's 30-inch Model 52WH304DPF, about $325 at nutone.com.


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