The Better Buy Podcast: Carmeon Hamilton

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The Better Buy, a new podcast from Better Homes & Gardens, explores everything home-related – from decorating and DIY to renovation and budgeting. Each week we talk to homeowners from across the country about the ups and downs of homeownership and share stories, advice and practical tips you can implement in your own home. We are dedicated to inspiring and empowering you to create your dream home. New episodes every Wednesday!

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In this episode

Hostess Mélanie Berliet speaks to Carmeon Hamilton (@carmeonhamilton) hostess of Reno my rent on Discovery+ and HGTV. She recently became a homeowner, but after years of renting, she has many tips on how to enhance a builder’s base lease with lighting, color and more, which she shares on TV and on her social media posts.

Meet Carmeon Hamilton

Memphis native Carmeon Hamilton is the interior designer-turned-reality-show winner and host Reno My rental. Her hundreds of thousands of social media followers know her “Elevate the Everyday” mantra, which she infuses into everything from her morning coffee to her design projects. “‘Elevate the Everyday’ means making things better for yourself or simplifying things to give you your time back… or [making] a special moment for you to slow down and enjoy the life you have curated.”

Advice from the episode

Carmeon shares her advice on making a space your own, including the power of a coat of paint.

Carmen Hamilton

I don’t trust new builds at all, like… I want something that will last more than 50, 60 years because if it’s proven that long, it can last another 50, 60, 70, 80 years, you take care of it. But if you’re the first person to kick the hoops of something, you’re the first person to witness everything that goes wrong…

– Carmeon Hamilton

What she considered when buying her first home

  • When looking for an apartment, Carmeon prefers to take over an older house and remodel it rather than build a new one.

Carmen Hamilton

The nicer things are, the happier we are in those spaces. If you only think of stepping into a beautifully designed restaurant for dinner or a fantastic hotel for vacation, you immediately feel the difference when you step into these environments. So I wanted people to understand how important that is to your home. As soon as you step into your home each day, you should have the same feeling that you get when stepping into a boutique hotel or an amazing restaurant, because those feelings should come from the places where we spend most of our time. The better you feel about a certain place, the better you behave in a certain place and the better you treat people in beautiful spaces.

– Carmeon Hamilton

How well-designed spaces can transform your outlook on life

  • The better you feel about a room, the better you treat the people in that room.
  • Design has the power to influence your mood and environment.

Carmen Hamilton

I was one of those renters who knew we wouldn’t be moving out in a year, so I actually made a lot of decisions in our apartment that I’m guessing could have resulted in an eviction or forfeiture of my security deposit. But I’ve convinced my husband that we paid that deposit, we’ll be staying here for who knows how long. The deposit is supposed to pay for all the stuff we’re changing anyway, so ‘why do we want it back like the money’s gone? It’s spent.’ So I hung floating shelves. I painted the island in our kitchen. I drilled holes in the wall to hang our amazing art collection. I painted an accent wall…in our walk-in closet because I just felt better going into a blue closet than a beige one. All of these things were things that were easy to fix or I could have reset them. I replaced the lights but made sure to keep the old ones.

– Carmeon Hamilton

Design choices she made when renting

  • Carmeon recommends making your own rental — even if it means losing the security deposit.
  • A coat of paint can go a long way in making a room your own.
  • Add your own lights, but make sure you keep the old ones!

Carmen Hamilton

Beginners can get their hands dirty while painting. It’s very funny, I’ve been with my husband for almost exactly 10 years, about 2 weeks ago 10 years, but he had never painted a room until last year. It was his shoe space and his video games and where he hosted his podcast and all those things, so he wanted a new color and I just let him do it. But when I saw him struggling to paint a room, I thought, ‘Okay, this is clearly something that needs to be the foundation for the home improvement community. Let’s start painting. And that’s a roller, and that’s how you carve, and that’s how much paint you have to get on the roller when you start.” But once you get the hang of it, the world is your oyster, because painting is the best way to to transform any space, whether you rent it or own it.

– Carmeon Hamilton

The first home decorating project every beginner should tackle

  • The first project to be tackled is painting.
  • Color is the best way to transform a space, whether you rent it or own it.

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