While I have met some permanent expats, most are living here for a few years until they move to their respective countries or become an expat in yet another country. Our personal situation is that we don't know what will happen after the contract runs out. A lot probably depends on the economies in both countries.
However, the question always remains (in my head at least), how do you make a rented space feel like home? Even if we stayed here, we would be unable to remain in the apartment we are in. As I gaze around at the bare walls I dare not paint and am unable to drill holes into due to the wall material, I want to be able to feel like my living space, even if it is temporary, is home.
I have found one solution that hopefully many of you could use. They are called Wall Stickers. They are removable, inexpensive, and perfect for people living in temporary homes.
You can find them anywhere. An Etsy search (worldwide) showed 4262 reults. A google search showed at least 11 pages of results. Heck, even IKEA is getting into the act with wall stickers available in the US and Germany. (I haven't checked other countries)
However, this French company called Nouvelles Images is by far my favorite. These are found in some common German retailers like Depot, Butlers and Nanu Nana. They have designs for every taste. We started with the kid's room and hope to put up a couple more around the house in more adult themes. For around 20 Euros, you can transform Baby Bird's room from boring white walls into this:
Have you heard of this before or am I writing a post about yesterday's rage? :)
I am still on a quest and will post again when I know of other ideas. In the meantime, please feel free to leave me comments on how you make your Wohnung feel more like home.