How to Make Over Your Apartment or Home, Then Protect Your Stuff

by Matthew Wexler

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Thursday May 20, 2021


We've had plenty of time to stare at our walls over the past year. But some of us have used that time to ponder what a home refresh might look like. You don't have to be a homeowner to give your space a lift. Easy, affordable upgrades or wow-factor statement pieces can breathe new life into your rented apartment. And once you've spent the time, energy, and money to reboot your living space, it's a good idea to take a few easy steps to acquire renters insurance.

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But what about that makeover? Some of our favorite LGBTQ interior designers and influencers are setting trends with everything from exquisite furniture collections to simple ideas to budget-friendly ways to refresh your space.

Nate & Jeremiah
Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent are the gay power couple of home design, so it's no surprise that their seasonal collections for Living Spaces continue to wow consumers. We love the chunky pavilion round dining table, but even a pop of color like their Monaco Citronella throw pillow can elevate a room.

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Elsie de Wolfe
She's not on Instagram since her claim to fame happened in the early 20th century, but if she were alive today, de Wolfe would be de rigueur! She was in what was once referred to as a "Boston marriage" for many years with Elisabeth "Bessie" Marbury, and their New York City home was famous for hosting Sunday salons. For a splash of Victorian style, check out The Victorian Emporium, where you can find period-inspired wallpaper, tiles, décor, and lighting.

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Sawyer DeVuyst
Model. Actor. Artists. Transgender Advocate. The list goes on and on, but one thing is clear: Sawyer DeVuyst continues to break ground in whatever field he lays his artistic hands on. Currently taking a break from furniture design, DeVuyst's latest project is a self-portrait collection titled "Mine." Available as a signed, softcover book, DeVuyst says, "It was my way of adding to the narrative about transgender people, by a transgender person."

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Vern Yip
You may have discovered Vern Yip while binge-watching shows on TLC ("Trading Spaces") or HGTV ("Urban Oasis"). The Atlanta-based designer has also authored two books and partnered with SKL Home on a collection that celebrates his signature style of form and function. We love the bathroom accessory collection in bamboo lattice for a quick and affordable style upgrade.

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Olga Rechdouni
Neon artist and interior designer Olga Rechdouni has lit up plenty of spaces with her illuminated wall art. She's been part of the design team at West Hollywood's Duroque for more than a decade, where you can find neon signs, art, home décor, and more, including Rechdouni's opulent pet beds, available in hundreds of fabrics and adorned with Swarovski crystals.

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Matthew Wexler is EDGE's Senior Editor, Features & Branded Content. More of his writing can be found at Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @wexlerwrites.