Living in a compact (read: tiny) one bedroom with my fiancé and our two dogs sometimes resembles a giant game of Tetris. When it comes to cramming our lives, complete with hobbies, home cooking and my photography business, into 450 square feet organization is key. Here are a few of the ways that we manage.
Beth tells us that, before she got her hands on this piece, it had been used as an ironing board. That's not good wood care! Luckily, Beth also says, "I love me a good challenge when it comes to wood refinishing." She sure got one.
I’ve moved into my temporary apartment, two buildings away. This temporary unit was just renovated, so everything in the kitchen is brand new, making me even more excited to have my own new kitchen finished! I’ve used the dishwasher about six times since I got here and feel I will never get over the excitement of having one. Moving to a new place temporarily is expensive and inconvenient (mattress on the floor, forgot my winter coat, no internet, phone or cable service for 1.5 months), but it simply wasn’t possible to live in my tiny apartment during the renovation. Besides, my two cats would have lived in terror of the noise even if there was space for us to stay. So we remain cozy in this temporary place while living close enough to check in on the renovation work daily.
Repairing small cracks and holes in your walls is an essential home improvement skill. It's quick and easy to do on your own, once you know how. We've gathered together a few good tips and photos to show you how its done; check it out, gather your supplies and give it a try...you can do it!
Through some sort of witchcraft, Mel from the 2012 Small Cool Contest managed to create a lovely, airy living space in just 210 square feet. I don't completely understand how she did it, but partial credit is surely due to the magic of a unified palette...
All it takes is one stolen bicycle to realize that storing a bike outside isn't the best idea for many urban commuters. With limited living space, bringing your ride inside might seem like a tough feat, but these four creative solutions prove that it's definitely possible.
IKEA's Ektorp sofa is a safe choice, and about as basic as you can get in the living room. Aga of Patchwork and Co. decided to kick it up a notch and deal with her bland, beige cover. Want to see what she did?
Even if you can't keep a succulent alive, you can bring the garden indoors with a creatively-placed faux flower display. Whether you stick ceramic flowers to the wall or hang paper flowers from the ceiling, the result will be festive and pretty. Here's a little inspiration.
I'm addicted to picking up new and vintage textiles online and at my local boutiques, but one thing that always worries me when I'm considering a purchase is whether I'll be able to figure out how to clean it. Well, no more.
Maybe I'm the only one who regularly indulges in this fantasy, but for those of us who have lived our entire adult lives with one bedroom or less, the idea of a spare room to devote to anything we would like is a fun one to explore.