With the Bay Area real estate market the way it is, buying a place in S.F. seems like a really, really
long-term goal. But just because we don't own our spots doesn't mean we have to settle for sad-looking or impersonal apartments either.
Just ask designer Lynn Leonidas
, who, over a five-year span, transformed her leased Castro apartment into the home of her dreams. The 28-year-old interior designer kept the makeover approachable with easy DIYs and surprising decorating tricks that anyone can try. We headed over to Leonidas's home
in search of a few inspired ideas to apply in our own places. Ready to get the most out of your rental?
Photographed by Maria del Rio