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.