“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...
I have a male friend who has often guests over to watch sports and hang out. My boyfriend and I are very close friends with him, but the thing is, his house is very dirty! He is single and lives alone, so he really has no help or knowledge of cleaning that I am aware of. There are times when I'd rather not use the restroom there because it's so dirty. I once opened a kitchen cabinet to look for a bag, and I found a dead cockroach in plain sight! Eeek!! Our friend has mentioned painting, and he sometimes apologizes for his messes. I would love to offer him my time and elbow grease to tidy up and even paint, but my boyfriend says that it's not polite and he may take it the wrong way. I'm not really sure what to do. I want to be a good friend, but I don't want to overstep boundaries. Can you help me?
Now that the high temps have really kicked in, it's hard to remember that this is the season everyone longs for during the darker, colder months of the year. Ha! If your home doesn't have AC (or you are choosing to leave it off as much as possible) you can feel stuck, especially when it comes to getting a restful nights sleep.
The Architecture & Design Film Festival returns to New York October 13-18, 2015. The seventh annual festival will show feature-length and short films that explore the human elements of art, fashion, architecture and design in our everyday lives.