You know the types. You grab a peek inside their cabinets as they're fishing a glass out for you and you don't see precarious stacks of plates just waiting to fall, too many coffee mugs to count or a jumble of canned vegetables and bags of chips. You see clean, uncluttered cabinets that could totally be door-less, they're so sleek and organized. This type of kitchen cabinet organizers have secrets to keeping them that way; we're sharing four today.
Do you ever get annoyed with suggestions of "just bring the outside in" when that advice is coming from someone with floor-to-ceiling windows? Or those corner window walls that slide open, essentially turning a living room into a covered courtyard? Or even folks whose windows overlook stunning natural views? How do you "bring the outside in" when you live in the city and have normal-sized windows? Follow these tips.
“This is the one!” I’ve exclaimed firmly to a number of rental agents in my life, after only walking inside a couple of steps. They say there’s no such thing as love at first sight, but when it comes to apartments, I’m a believer. Every single one of my apartment searches have started with me walking through a series of spaces that were okay, nice — even perfectly potential. And they’ve all ended with me calling off the search as soon as I walked through the door of the “one.” I’ve just known instantly for each of the last seven homes I’ve lived in. This is both a good and bad thing.
Name:Gillian and Mark Location: Vancouver, BC Size: 800 square feet Years lived in: 6 Months; Rented
Mark, an electrical engineer, and Gillian, a lifestyle photographer, live in a beautiful old heritage apartment by the sea in Vancouver, BC. The couple moved into the apartment just a few months ago, after having a major crush on the building for quite some time.
Summer is a great time to take your DIY projects outside, get a little messy, and make something great in the process. You can channel your inner child with paper mâché, but the end result is decor that’s all adult style and sophistication.
The first two steps in our series working toward color confidence involved zeroing in on the colors you love. If your results from those exercises pointed toward a more neutral palette, you probably already know that what sounds simple (neutrals!) when it comes to color isn't always that straightforward in practice. As much as we sometimes aspire to simplify our spaces, sometimes minimalism seems out of reach; restraint is hard to pull off.
Is the space under your stairs simply a dead space? Maybe it's a closed up, unused footprint in your home. Or perhaps it's open, but you're just not sure what to do with this little niche. Well, here are examples of beautiful and functional ways that homeowners have put this space to use.
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You've made it! You've decided to live together, merging your two households into one. But figuring out how all your stuff can live together, from your grandmother’s nesting tables to his battered but beloved recliner, well, that can be a tiny bit more challenging. Developing a unified and mutually agreed upon aesthetic that showcases both of your personalities and makes your space feel like home may take some work. Never fear: Value City Furniture wants to help. Enter for your chance to win $2,000 of chic furniture, and follow these 4 steps to keep you stylish and sane in your new shared digs:
Q: Hi, I have lived in my mid-century apartment in LA for over ten years now. I have a very basic 1-page lease that doesn't go into great detail about long-term maintenance of the apartment. When I hit the five year mark, my apartment managers had the carpets cleaned at no additional cost to me- and from what I have heard from the older generation such as parents, aunts, and uncles, this is standard maintenance a landlord should do for long-term tenants...