Room By Room: Master Bedroom

In our new Thursday feature, we’ll explore the best way to set up your rental, one room at a time. Today, we’ll start with the most important space, the bedroom. If there is one thing that every single renter has in common, it is that they need a comfortable place to rest their head at night. So the bedroom is the perfect place to begin your focus on how to improve or set up your rental.

If you just have one bedroom or studio space, it is easy to determine the master bedroom. If you have more than one, choose the biggest OR the one that has a bathroom attached, if that is an option.

The Bed:

The master bedroom should have one big bed (as opposed to two smaller beds) and the bed should be as big as possible while still accommodating the space. Can you fit at least a queen? Then go for it!

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via Jane at Home

I am a BIG believer in keeping things simple, even in the master bedroom. I love the example above because it is so easy to duplicate. A simple color palette of blues and white gives this room a look of cohesion without being fussy.

The Sheets:

The sheets on every bed in your space should be white. NO exceptions. There is absolutely nothing more luxurious than a beautifully made bed with crisp white sheets. People make the mistake of thinking white should be avoided for various reasons, but the truth is they look the best AND they are the easiest to care for because you can bleach them clean. Your bedspread or duvet should also be white. Keep it simple. Add a throw at the foot of the bed in the color scheme of your room, and you’re done. Hotels almost exclusively use white sheets – there is a reason for that!

I love these West Elm linen sheets and duvet, but whatever you choose, do make sure that they are high quality. This is not the place to skimp. You should also have at least one spare set of sheets per bed in your home (we’ll be covering the linen closet in a future post for more on that.)

A few of my fave sheet sets:

West Elm


The Extras:

There should absolutely be at least one nightstand, depending on the size of your space, with a lamp. I also recommend some kind of charging station in the room, like an alarm clock with charger attached (please choose a pretty one, like this)

Here is a beautiful example of symmetry and simple but effective nightstand styling. Just remember, it doesn’t have to be complicated!

North of Broad

What are your master bedroom must haves? What amenities do you appreciate when you travel for the bedroom?

3 Easy Breezy Houseplants

It might seem at first glance that houseplants are more trouble than they are worth for a space that you are renting. But if you choose the right plants, they require very minimal care, and add so much life and character to a space. We looked at some beautiful examples in this post, and below are my picks for the easiest plants you should add to your space asap.

Rubber Trees:

For a statement piece, go with a rubber tree (a popular alternative, the fiddle leaf fig). They can grow to be pretty big and are perfect for filling an empty corner in a bedroom or living area. As long as you get on a fairly regular watering regime, like once a week, these plants will do great. A light dusting will keep the leaves looking good as new.


Rubber Tree

Split Leaf Philodendron:

Another beautiful option that adds tons of texture and shape to a room is also known as a Swiss Cheese plant because of their leaf shape. They get pretty big, so like the rubber tree, are great for filling a larger open space. The leaves also make a great centerpiece in a dining room or kitchen island.

Swiss Cheese Plant

Snake Plant:

Also known as Mother-in-law tongue, this is one of my personal faves. You can seriously neglect these guys, and they keep on ticking just fine. Plus, they actually clean the air of toxins. If you really feel like you have a black thumb, just fill your space with these and I promise you’ll be fine.


Snake Plant

The only caveat I will add here about these plants is that IF your home is pet friendly, please make sure that these plants are out of reach of a dog or cat. Many plants are not safe for pets to ingest.

When all else fails and plants just truly are not your thing, there are more and more realistic faux options that don’t look cheesy. Here in LA, Rolling Greens is a GREAT option for this. They have both real and very real looking options that will add a ton of beauty to your space.

The Power of Plants

One of the easiest and least expensive touches you can add to your rental is fresh greens. From potted plants to fresh flowers, bringing in some life will immediately make your space feel more welcoming. Plants that need only occasional watering are obviously the easiest choice, but there are many indoor houseplants that are happy with a once a week watering. Tune in tomorrow for a post on my go-to plants for easy care.

Some beautiful inspiration for greens below:

Glitter Guide


Apartment Therapy
One Kings Lane

Kitchen Essentials: Top 5 Must Haves

When you start listing everything a fully stocked kitchen should have, the list gets long really quick (see here). If you are looking for a good starting point, make sure you have the following items to keep renters from leaving your place disappointed (and hungry!).

1) A set of oven-safe pots and pans:

Nothing gets done in a kitchen without these. You don’t have to go top of the line (don’t go bottom of the barrel either!), but keep your eyes peeled for a good deal on a full set. Non stick is best for pleasing everyone from the amateurs to the pros. The set below is ceramic which is also oven safe up to 400 degrees. This feature expands what your guests can cook without expanding your wallet. Win-win.

Culinary Science by Martha Stewart Collection 14-pc set for Macy’s

2) A set of good knives:

Like the pots and pans, it is hard to make pretty much any dish without a decent knife. You really just need 2-3 great knives. The key here is to invest in a decent brand, and then keep them sharpened regularly so every guest is equally impressed. I would throw in a cutting board here while you’re at it 😉

Wüsthof Gourmet Hollow Edge Knife Sur la Table (on major sale!)

3) Coffee Maker

As a serious coffee fiend, I could be biased here. But even if your rental doesn’t have a kitchen, you should have a coffee maker (and coffee, duh). It doesn’t have to be the fanciest contraption on the market, but whatever type you choose, make sure to have the correct supplies on hand as well (filters, k-cups, etc.).

Chemex Pour Over Coffee Maker Bed Bath and Beyond

4) Plates, Cups and Utensils

You knew this would be on the list, didn’t you? The real question is how many of each to have on hand. Start with the number of people your rental sleeps, and then add a few.

Dinera 18-pc Dinnerware Set IKEA

5) Cleaning Supplies

No one wants to do the dishes, but no one wants to not be able to do the dishes either. If you have a dishwasher, make sure to supply dishwashing detergent. Either way, you should also have dish soap, a nice CLEAN sponge (is there anything grosser than a funky sponge?) and paper towels. A cleaning spray, and a trash can as well as spare bags are also very necessary. These items should be restocked after every guest!

Mrs. Meyer’s Multi Surface Everyday Cleaner Target

A well-stocked kitchen will obviously have many more supplies in it than just those listed here. But hopefully this will serve as a guide to get you started. To get the full kitchen checklist that you can download and take with you as you shop, please click here. Not every guest will use the kitchen to cook, but if they do, you want to be ready. The investment you make in a well stocked kitchen will pay you back in 5-star reviews and repeat guests.

What are your must-haves? Ever stayed in a rental that didn’t have what you needed?


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Hello there, and welcome to the Habitat Hospitality blog. We offer full service management and interior design for rentals, but there are so many easy tricks people can do on their own to improve their spaces, we thought chatting about some of these ideas on our blog might be helpful. Try these out and let us know what you think in the comments below!

Today, we’re kicking off the blog with an easy and inexpensive way to make your guests feel welcome – a stylish welcome mat. Creating a memorable and warm space for guests is found in the small details. A guest may not (definitely won’t) remember what your welcome mat looked like, but they absolutely will remember the feeling they had when they arrived. That’s the key – an emotional connection to your property.

A round up of our favorite welcome mats are below. Some a little cheeky, some a little fun, and all warm and inviting.