Our bathroom is smaller than our closet. I say this, not because our closet is big, but because our bathroom is small - very small. And there are four of us who use it. Here are three shower gadgets that help our family survive in a teeny bathroom.
I have a love affair with the cheap and easy (don't tell my husband). Magnetic rods are inexpensive, never require a tool box, and can organize all sorts of things anywhere there's a metal surface. Without a hammer in sight, hang curtains over windows, either full length or halfway down. In the laundry area or kitchen, hang a handy towel. And in the kitchen, use the magnetic bar to dry herbs or hang cooking utensils using s-hooks.
Name:Tanya Aguiniga, Furniture, textiles and accessories designer, and Todd Beattie, West Coast Visual Merchandiser for CB2 Location: Atwater Village; Los Angeles, California Size: 670 square feet Years lived in: 7 years
You may know Tanya Aguiniga from her unique furniture designs that double as pieces of art, or her line of cotton rope necklaces and bracelets. I was dying to get a peek inside her home after seeing her work at the Parachute Market at LA's Dwell on Design. She insisted that her place was small, but of course I knew it would be packed full of interesting objects and references to the culture of her native Tijuana.
Name: Patrick Cain, Furniture designer Location: Culver City; Los Angeles, California Size: 420 square feet Years lived in: 6 years; rented
Patrick Cain loves wood. His home is full of his handmade furniture pieces, and he can detail the history of each one. This is just part of the experience I suppose, when you are a furniture designer. Patrick has transformed this modest, cozy guest house into a beautiful and functional display of his very own creations.
I've always lived in small spaces, and even wrote about how I prefer it here. Not only do I like the design challenge of a smaller apartment, but living small also allows me to live in great cities, which can get pricey with more square footage.
When you ask parents what not to buy for a nursery, a changing table rises to the top of the list. "Official" changing tables don't repurpose well into non-baby furniture so many parents choose alternatives to traditional changing tables, primarily dressers or desks that are at a comfortable height and deep enough to accommodate a changing pad. When my son was born this is exactly what we did, but for my daughter we've simplified things even further and gone without a changing table or pad. Here's how it's been going...
Name: Kelsey & Mike Sheofsky (and Louella and Bird Sheofsky) Location: Mission; San Francisco, California Size: 750square feet Years lived in: 2 1/2 years; Rented
Kelsey and Mike make their living by creating beautiful outdoor spaces for their pop-up lodging service Shelter Co. They bring the same effortless style, laid back attitude and appreciation for travel to their San Francisco home, which they share with their perpetually chatty 7 month old Louella and their dog Bird.
Gone are the days when dorm decor was just posters and milk crates. Dorm living has come a long way on the sophistication scale, and students are much savvier about setting up their space. No surprise then that Laken, our favorite college freshman, already has a strong sense of style, and cares what her room looks like, even if it's for only nine months.
Q: I am moving next week to a really cute apartment that has a 6' x 5' kitchen. The refrigerator is located in the adjacent room. There is absolutely zero counter space (not even for a dish rack). How can I make this kitchen functional? I'm thinking of making the closest in the next room a pantry/prep area.