Medina Grillo doesn’t let lousy linoleum floors stop her from having a stylish rental. You shouldn’t be discouraged by “blah” decor, either. That’s the raison d’être behind Medina’s multifaceted design website, Grillo Designs, that receives about 200,000 hits a month. Launched in 2015, the DIY blogger shares creative and affordable ways to decorate with a hands-on approach. “I’m just your average renter, making a home a house,” says the Birmingham, England-based design expert, who left a job in healthcare to focus on her lifelong passion. “As a child, I was very creative and crafty, and I can’t tell you the amount of times I redecorated my bedrooms over the years, much to my mum’s dismay,” says Medina. “I’ve always appreciated the importance of living in a space that reflects your personality.”
The average part is totally humble: Medina is the author of the book Home Sweet Rented Home (published in August 2019), creator of the series #howirent, where design buffs show off how they’ve circumvented rental hurdles to make their space shine. Medina lives in a three-bedroom, semi-detached house with her husband, Vince, and their eight-year-old son.
Scroll down to learn how the space-saving pro assembled her own home sweet rented home!