20 Awesome Home Decorating Resources for Military Families

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One of the hardest parts about military life (in my opinion, anyway) is moving every few years and having to make the next apartment or house home for however long you’ll be there. Add in the rules and regulations from your landlord or from the military along with a strict budget, and it can feel a little daunting.

Love these websites and apps for rental/base housing decorating! #milspouse #milfam

But fear not! There are so many resources available at your fingertips to make settling into your new home a little easier. I’ve picked 20 of the most useful ones I could find so that you can become a housing ninja!

Getting started

This quick fact sheet from gives a lot of great tips for new military spouses who have never PCSed and focuses just on how to shop for and decorate apartments over the course of your military life.

If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed or aren’t sure where to begin, check out these easy and financially smart decor tips from SpouseBuzz.

You’ll want to take a look at Rental Decorating Digest, as well, for a lot of ideas, tips, and tricks for perennial renters.

And of course, there are apps for renting! Here’s a roundup article from HuffPo with 6 of them.

Redecorating and organizing blogs

You need to look at 11 Magnolia Lane, a website run by three artistically talented, amazing women, one of whom is a military spouse. Even if you’re not looking for design inspiration, this website is perfect to stare and dream at for hours. And hours. And hours.

Then there’s White Walls, a website specifically for military spouses, founded and run by a military spouse. You’ll find galleries of suggestions for how to dress up those… well, white walls! And you’ll also find tutorials and a marketplace where military-affiliated businesses offer their home decor wares. They also have a bevy of Facebook groups that you can join and interact in!

Love these websites and apps for rental/base housing decorating! #milspouse #milfam

Pinterest candy

And who doesn’t love Pinterest? Make sure you follow these fantastic resources:

Free online design tools

Ready to get started? All juiced up with inspiration? These free tools will help you plan so you know your furniture will fit before you bring a single piece into the room.

If you’ve lived in rental or base housing, how have you made home just a little homier? Any websites or resources you’d like to pass on? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments!

And by the way, want a chance to win a $100 JoAnn’s gift card to get a little home DIYing done? It’s as easy as entering this contest hosted by the National Military Family Association! Good luck!


Giveaway Time!
The National Military Family Association, a non-profit dedicated to the support and education of military families is hosting a giveaway to help you turn your house into a home! Use the widget below for your chance to win one of five $100 dollar gift cards to spend at JoAnns craft stores. NMFA also knows that while decorating your new home is fun, PCSing isn’t always that great.
That’s why they have been sharing tips, tricks and advice to help you #OwnYourPCS. Connect
with them
for resources and support!
After you enter here, take a moment to check out some of my blogger friends (and fellow military spouses) who have also put together their best DIY, Crafting and Decorating tips to make your rental or base house a home.

6 Responses

  1. We’ve moved 3 times as a family. It doesn’t seem like much, but we’ve only been married 3 years.

    1. That’s a lot! I moved 2 times right before we got married, within the span of a few months. It was enough for me, haha! :-)

  2. Love these! I’m going to share on my FB site, PCS Prepper–I love to try to inspire military spouses (including myself!) to not just settle for the housing we’re given, but to truly make it a home and shy away from personalizing the space (within the rules of the base/lease)! I suggest checking out Apartment Therapy as well for tips/tricks for renters.

    1. Thanks so much, Rachel! If there’s a way we can collaborate in the future, let me know!

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