Summer renters have gotten pickier (I speak from experience; we’ve been renting out our Wellfleet house for a decade now). It’s no longer enough to swab the bath and call it a day. What I’ve learned: store your breakables; if it can be broken (ceramic soap dishes, fragile glassware, glass soap dispensers), it will be broken. Pick a simple palette (navy and white, for instance) and invest in accessories that are stylish, durable, and will mask the fact that your rental bath is less than perfect.
Above: The indestructible iron enameled Soap Dish is $14 from West Elm.
Above: Poly-resin coated Linen Trays from Fog Linen start at $18 and are good for corralling essentials.
Above: A row of Shaker pegs provide ample space for beach towel hanging; for sourcing ideas, see How Shaker Pegs Saved My Summer Sanity.
Above: The Steel Waste Basket from Schoolhouse Electric is $42 and comes in gray, almond, and black.
Above: Disguise unattractive tissue boxes with the Linen Tissue Cover from Waterworks; $30.
Above: Inspired by an old hotel design, the wall-mounted Linfield Articulating Scissor Mirror is available in four finishes; $185 from Rejuvenation.
Above: The 100-percent cotton Broad Stripe Dhurrie from Serena & Lily is available in two sizes; $58 for the 24-by-36-inch size, and $98 for the 30-by-50-inch size. Does your rental bath have unattractive flooring? Order the larger size.