Not allowed to paint and limited with nails, a design-minded couple uses furnishings and textiles to make their rooms stand out

Creative Renters Triumph Over the ‘No Paint’ Rule.

“Any San Franciscan knows how difficult it is to find an apartment in this city,” says Sarah Latta, who shares a one-bedroom apartment in the Cole Valley neighborhood with her boyfriend, Darren Carter. “We looked at 23 places before finding this one.”

With three large walk-in closets, the apartment fits the couple’s storage needs for their sports gear and all the decorative items Latta has collected over the years working for Williams-Sonoma and shelter magazines. “Darren calls my closet the throw-pillow closet,” Latta says.

With a strict landlord who enforces a “no paint and limited nails in the wall” rule, the couple was forced to get creative and rely solely on furnishings and textiles to decorate their space. A year later lively colors, tribal prints and collected decor have given their apartment a big personality.