Joanna Thornhill


Home for Now book

Home for Now book


Home for Now: Making your Rented Space or First House Beautiful, by Joanna Thornhill (Cico Books, 2014)

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With housing costs spiralling, the dream of owning that “forever” home is becoming increasingly elusive, with many of us now finding ourselves renting for years – even decades – before climbing the first rung of the property ladder. Yet the rental market remains surprisingly inflexible, with many tenants unable to make even basic cosmetic alterations to their home-for-now. And with the huge deposits often required to take that next step, first-time buyers often find themselves with precious little cash to make big changes to their space, despite, somewhat ironically, finally having the freedom to do so.

But these limitations needn’t be boundaries to stop tenants and owners from transforming their house into a home: all that’s needed is a little creative thinking, outside of the box.  

Home For Now seamlessly blends inspirational imagery and practical advice, for both renters working around a landlord’s restrictions and first-time buyers living in a “stop-gap” home as they begin their journey up the property ladder. Featuring 15 stunning homes, most of which are rented or first-time-owned themselves, the book is broken down into five chapters: Living Spaces, Kitchens & Dining, Bedrooms & Bathrooms, Creative Workspaces and Plants & Outdoor Living, and is packed with styling, craft and DIY tips to inspire both renters and renovators to try out the ideas themselves. 

Full step-by-step projects feature at the end of each chapter, specifically selected with inexperienced DIY’ers in mind. Renters’ needs are more than taken into account, with landlord-friendly adaptations of many DIY and styling ideas offered throughout its pages, ensuring anyone can easily follow the advice and transform their temporary abode into a happy home. 

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