“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.
Don't knock it 'til you try it, the saying goes, and in this case it applies. While some of the things I'm suggesting might sound a bit nutty (and too meticulous) they're tricks that work, and hey, isn't that really the bottom line?
Q: Myself, my husband, and our two cats are moving to the city and into our smallest apartment yet: a 400sqft studio. We've got big ideas to make the space work, but as a competitive cook and recreational baker (who's been spoiled by large kitchens in the past) this kitchen is giving me palpitations!
Another weekend, another wedding- sound like your summer? Soon all those lovebirds will be moving into their love nests and there will be another reason to celebrate. Leave all the really practical gifts for the family to buy and instead bring something unique and fun to the housewarming party. Whether the happy couple is starting from scratch in a new place or consolidating two spaces into one, it's nice to have a few new things that really mark the space as 'theirs'.
Decorating a rental home can often seem like a minefield of decisions, forcing you to weigh the financial risk and aesthetic payoff at every turn. How much time and money to invest in a temporary home? Which areas to focus on and which to learn to live with? Read on for 10 Commandments to decorating your rental home.
As renters, the bathroom is one of those rooms in the home that we often just deal with, as-is. It's not like your average renter is up for refinishing floors or replacing faucets (though if you are, props), but there are still quick, easy, and relatively cheap fixes you can make in your rental bathroom to create a more functional and beautiful space. Read on for six of my favorites...
No matter the size of your home, it can be hard to carve out a spot to get inspired, practice a hobby or get a little peaceful work done. Whether you like doing crafts, want to find a quiet spot to write or get ready in the morning or just want to do your bills in style, you might find inspiration in the ways these real-life residents from our house tours found room to fit productive surfaces in their homes of all sizes.
When you're young and carefree, where you live is sometimes just a place to sleep between working and being a social butterfly. And that's fine. That's what being young is all about. But most of us, at some point or another, wake up, look around and realize that our home is no longer Dorm Room 2.0, but has the markings of a real, grown-up abode. If you think this might be happening to you, here are 10 signs to look for:
So here's the deal: I'm not a photographer. But I have taken some photography classes to support my creative little hobby. I've learned a lot about what separates a good photo composition from a poor one, and it turns out, there's not much difference between designing a beautiful photograph and a beautiful room. Here are five composition rules from photography that are easily translated to the world of interior design.
Q: My fiancé and I are planning to move in together in a few months and I am having trouble finding good bedding that will not show (as much) or cling to his very dark coloured hair. I have always been a white cotton sheet girl, but I fear the sight of loose dark hairs will be too much. Do I try silk sheets? Is a dark cotton better? I already nag him too much about his hair and I don't want to have to lint brush the bed every morning! -Sent by Grace