New lease of life: how to make the most of a rental property

Not owning your own home doesn’t mean that you can’t make it marvellous, as this south Manchester apartment shows

Midcentury design classics paired with contemporary pieces; colour-coordinated objects on simple white shelving; art and textiles that add pattern to a space… That’s what you get when you walk into a creative couple’s home where imagination and style nous compensate for the lack of a generous budget.

The south Manchester apartment that artist Laurie Maun shares with partner Dominic Owen, founder of unisex clothing brand Heresy, and their newborn baby, Sonny, is an exercise in versatile living. Having always lived in rental homes, they’ve honed their decor skills and furniture choices to easily add character to a space – but without the DIY.

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