For example, this was what my bookshelves looked like when I lived there:
Not overwhelmingly inspired, but perfectly fine.
In comparison, this is how my first tenant utilized the shelves:
And for reals, that was after she'd lived there for a couple of months. AND this was FOR SURE the cleanest and most organized area of the place when that chick lived there.
But then I got the BEST! TENANT! EVER!, who made the shelves look like THIS:
And when I lived there, the kitchen bar looked like this (I had a couple more things on those shelves -- I took them down to take this picture for the rental listing, but it was still pretty bland, now that I think about it):
And now? It looks like this:
The kitchen was the most amazing part that blew my mind the most when I saw it in person. My 1983 formica cabinets had been transformed and looked so chic and modern -- all with what she explained as basically vinyl stickers.
And the bedroom nook was never my overwhelmingly awesome, but it was fine:
She re-oriented the bed and changed the window coverings and WOW, it's lovely:
I remember thinking that my next door neighbor at the time had the chic gay man version of my apartment and I had the single 30-something lady version, but now my apartment can give his a run for its money!
(For a minnnnnnute these pictures made me reconsider whether my current home is too "suburban 30-something," but I don't think so. It's not as modern as my tenant's aesthetic, but it's very ME.)