In the meantime, I'm dealing with the same issue as many others - how does one stylishly decorate a rental property...and one that doesn't have a great deal of storage. Two of the earliest blogs I read had great posts about picking up a piece of furniture cheaply, and then renovating/restoring it to fit within their homes. Here are the links and the finished products that set me on the path of my own little project.
The finished project as published by A Field Journal (I love this blog!). This dresser was purchased for $5!! I was immediately inspired to start searching ebay etc for storage that I could restore to add both beauty and function to my little flat.
Craiglist Chairs Makeover
Isn't it amazing at how much a change can be wrought by some new paint and fabric? I love these chairs.