Q: My husband and I just moved from an efficiency apartment to a single family home at the end of May. Unfortunately, I've been slacking in the decor department with my kitchen. It just looks... plain. We're not permitted to paint or make any changes (a tradeoff we were willing to make to find a landlord that allows four pets — two of which are pit bulls). I added an IKEA island and a rag rug, now I'm just at a loss. Should we try open shelving? I love how it looks and we can always remove the cabinet door and reattach them before we move, but would it look right on these cabinets? Coming from an efficiency, it's safe to say I don't have a ton of stuff in all those cabinets...
There are tons of adhesive wall decorations out on the market right now — call it contact paper, vinyl decals, shelf paper or removable wallpaper. Any of the above is a great go-to for enhancing your kitchen cabinets on the fly. Easy to remove, and very affordable, these are also a very do-able stopgap measure before your dream kitchen makeover.
While I'm still in the process of meeting my neighbors (I've been here less than a month) I've unfortunately already had to deal with the issue of excessive noise from next door, one of the most common new neighbor dilemmas faced after moving in. To help reduce distractions while working from home, and more importantly, also during sleep hours, I've been following several recommendations for combating "neighbor noise"...
I'm leaving Brooklyn and moving back to my hometown in Pennsylvania at the end of the month. Since moving into my own apartment two years ago, I have acquired the necessities to set up a home and have invested in some nice furniture. Because my future apartment plans are TBD, a rental storage unit is in order. After some research and several site visits, here's what I've learned:
One of the proudest DIY achievements in my new home was FINALLY building a desk that would work for both Ursula and myself and look homey and comfortable just off the living room. This little space proved perfect for an IKEA hack I've been iterating on for years. This desk is nice and wide (but not too deep) so that two people or kids can work at the same time, and it's low enough for both sizes to work comfortably too. Click below to see the simple instructions. Oh, and total price? About $250.
Have a favorite rug, piece of fabric, or vintage tapestry and looking to add some color and pattern to your bedroom? Consider hanging them behind your bed. You can install a curtain rod or nail the textiles directly to the wall — a simple DIY that won't take much time or space.
We are in the dog days of summer, and I have been dreaming of all things cool. After recently reminiscing about fun summers spent in a Maine cabin with pretty lace curtains, I spent a particularly hot afternoon searching for some new lace inspiration from our house tour archives.
When my husband (then boyfriend) and I were hunting for our first apartment over ten years ago, we created this little matrix in the back of one of our sketch books. As you can see, it's not fancy. In fact, it's a little messy — sort of like the hunt itself:
If you've been following along with my Design Diary posts, you know that early on in the process
of helping my friend Eleni move from Boston to NYC, I created an inspiration board for her new Upper East Side
apartment. And while doing so gave us
something to shoot for in terms of the design, the reality was that she was
going to need to take many of her existing pieces with her...