Heidi's Stylish Reinvention

Heidi's Stylish Reinvention

Janel Laban
May 19, 2015
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Name:
Heidi
Location:
Washington, DC
Square Feet:
650
Division:
Little
What I Love About My Small Home:
I’ve remodeled so many aspects of my home to fit my needs and personality that it’s hard to pick just a few things that I love. Overall, my place reflects me – sometimes, I’m super classic, sometimes a little funky, and full of color pops.

I also love:

A. My Kitchen. It’s small, but it’s so functional, even for my overzealous kitchen exploits that use everything in Williams-Sonoma. I’ve hidden away fun space-savers all over the place to make my kitchen work with my love of cooking.

B. My closets. I don’t have a traditional “landing” area in my small foyer, but I built a place to put my work and gym bags so they don’t creep out to the dining/living room.

C. The colors. I mixed all the colors myself – they are all “in between” shades from Behr and Benjamin Moore. By combining a little darker on the light grey and a little brighter on the blue, I got the exact colors the colors I wanted.
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
1. Reinvent! When I moved in, I overhauled the kitchen, moved walls, re-imagined the closets, added crown molding, re-stained the floors, pulled up layers of linoleum, and painted the place a few times to really make it mine. 2. Focus on the Details: Instead of over cluttering the rooms or the walls, I try to pick a few key things that I love and mean something to me. When you focus on things you love, you aren’t restricted by one type of design, era, pattern or color. 3. If Unorganized, just Look Up: I organized my life by adding tons of shelving. This was a super simple and inexpensive way to streamline my life and gain back the surfaces of my tables. The bar shelving was just stained wood from home depot – they were really inexpensive and easy to make one night after work.
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