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Rental home budget decorating ideas - The porch at Vibhuti's home. Decor Tip: This is the porch area of my house. DIY- The hanging bottle is a DIY, made out of mayonnaise bottles, rope and a tree stem. I also painted the windows blue, to give a highlighted effect to the porch.
The porch at Vibhuti’s home. Decor Tip: The hanging bottle is a DIY, made out of mayonnaise bottles, rope and a tree stem. Paint the windows for a colorful touch.

One common question I receive every year between March and May is for ideas on how to spruce up the government bungalows. This is the time of the year when many families move to a different location. So, who better than Vibhuti Pandey,who lives in one such sprawling bungalow in Patna, take us through budget-friendly ideas to decorate your rental home.

For the better part of my childhood, we lived in homes – called official accommodations / government quarters – that were part of a colony in a factory. Even the newly constructed ones became a eyesore in a couple of years with bad plumbing, dirty mosaic flooring, peeling off wall paint etc. Years later, when we were married, and I started visiting / staying at the government bungalows, I realized the homes we lived in were in a better condition.

The common thread is the space – no dearth in terms of square footage and garden size, but a far cry in terms of quality of construction, lighting or layout. The constraints faced by the residents are often the same: no permanent woodwork, how to cover open shelves aesthetically, easy to move furniture, budget-friendly, how to hide seepage in walls to name a few.

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Vibhuti takes us through how she revamped her home in Patna over a course of two years. Her Insta feed (@embellish.vp) is brimming with recycling everyday objects as decor pieces like coconut shell as a vase, used shoes as a planter, drum as a table and many more.

About the home:

Who lives here: Vibhuti along with her husband

Location : Patna

Type: a 6-bedroom government bungalow

Owned or rented: Government accommodation 

Years lived in 2 years

Image Courtesy: Vibhuti

The single-storeyed house faces East and has a garden in front and a kitchen garden at the back. It has six rooms, with a lobby and two patios (in front & back). There is a kitchen, two store rooms and four washrooms.

A vintage chair in the porch overlooking the front garden. Somehow reminds me of colonial homes.
A vintage chair in the porch overlooking the front garden. Somehow reminds me of colonial homes. The curtain gives the space a dreamy look. Sources: Cushion covers and curtain from Amazon.
Those red and white markers along the pavement is a familiar sight of such homes. A floor seating space created in the porch. Cushion covers and rug from a local shop. Portable speaker from Miniso.

When asked about the structure of the houses and challenges one faces, Vibhuti explains,

The Government allotted houses are never in a good condition. There is a lot of work which you have to put in, to make it livable. All the home decor & interior should be such which does not require any construction because its generally not allowed.

When we shifted here, I just had the option of colour choice. There was no option of change of any of the furniture, which was already kept here. This bungalow was in a very bad state, as if no one has lived here since years. It took me 1 and a half months to shape it up..clean every bit and corner of it and then decorate.
As a Fauji, we have to limit the stuff which we buy because the next accommodation in a different state may not be as big as this one. Plus the transfer happens every 2-2.5 yrs so increasing stuff and then carrying it everywhere is too much difficult. So while decorating, I always keep in mind to use less things in a creative style, add more DIYs and keep shuffling the stuff, to give a fresh feel every time.

Living room. Sources- The mirror, the letter decor & lamps are from Amazon. The tea light holders and other small    decor pieces from Home Centre.  DIY- The hanging cage is a DIY, made by wrapping up the fairy lights around            cages.
Living room. Sources- The mirror, the letter decor & lamps are from Amazon. The tea light holders and other small decor pieces from Home Centre. DIY- The hanging cage is a DIY, made by wrapping up the fairy lights around cages.
A corner of the living room. Sources- Lamp shade, wall frames from Amazon. Lamp, chair and the long stool are antiques. Flower vase from Ikea. DIY- A small DIY can be spotted here, kept on the floor. It's a cemented old hand towel that can be used as a flower vase,a planter or a candle stand.
A corner of the living room. Sources– Lamp shade, wall frames from Amazon. Lamp, chair and the long stool are antiques. Flower vase from Ikea. DIY– A small DIY can be spotted here, kept on the floor. It’s a cemented old hand towel that can be used as a flower vase,a planter or a candle stand.

Vibhuti’s style is inspired by colours and comfort with electric and boho decor mixed with Indian touches. Her decor style: DIYs, lot of patterns, colours, lights, and comfortable nooks.

The posters are from PosterGuy (framed as wall frames). The vase & mat is from Ikea Hyderabad and the runner is a left out piece from a local cloth shop, stitched into a runner.
Dining room. The posters are from PosterGuy (framed as wall frames). The vase & mat is from Ikea Hyderabad and the runner is a left out piece from a local cloth shop, stitched into a runner.

Storage Tip

I have actually not stored anything in open shelves, but as far as storage is concerned, I have boxes{the army culture} which I have painted and decorated. So it serves the purpose of storage,carrying our possessions in transits and decor.


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Madhubani paintings sourced locally form a mini gallery wall. Sources: Cushion cover from Decorkart and lamp is from a local shop.
Madhubani paintings sourced locally form a mini gallery wall. Sources: Cushion cover from Decorkart and lamp is from a local shop.
A living room designed by Vibhuti on music theme to set the tone for entertaining at home and give it a home theatre feel, she says. Sources- The cushion covers and rug is from Amazon. Posters are from Postergully and Posterguy which she got framed. The coffee table is a DIY made out of an old discarded Drum.

Leave a comment if you have specific queries about how to make the most of your government accommodation.

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