Interior designer and blogger Jacquelyn Clark of Lark & Linen shows off her sophisticated former rental apartment. See how she created a bright and welcoming home despite space constraints and get her budget-friendly decorating tips and DIY inspiration.

Jacquelyn used rugs to divide the open-concept rental apartment into zones, and created focal points to define the separate areas. A gallery wall with photos of her travels and drawings centers the dining room, while a simple mirror over the fireplace makes a subtle statement in the living room. To save money on furniture, Jacquelyn refurbished family heirlooms with a fresh coat of paint and new hardware. The blogger lived with her boyfriend at the time, so she contrasted the apartment’s soft palette with masculine elements, like a DIY bookshelf made of pipes. A painted-stripe wall above the office area offers maximum impact.