Small Space Inspiration: 10 Closets Turned Workspaces & Home Offices
Thinking of turning a spare closet or nook into an office or craft room? Check out these 10 examples for inspiration. TOP ROW: 1. Studio Renovation from Cardboard Sea 2. Home Office from Natalme 3. Closet Turned Home Office from A Cup of Mai 4. Tiny Closet Office from Design Addict Mom 5. Jason’s Closet Office from Apartment Therapy BOTTOM ROW: 6. Melissa’s “Cloffice” on a Budget from Shoestring Magazine via Apartment Therapy 7.
Apr 30, 2014
How To Get Rid of Cooking Smells
(Image credit: Joe Gough/Shutterstock) From The Kitchn → 5 Tips for Getting Rid of Cooking Smells
Apr 30, 2014
7 Small, Stylish Eating Spots
From Apartment Therapy → 7 Small, Stylish Eating Spots “Still need inspiration on how to fit a spot for eating into your small space?
Apr 30, 2014
Before & After: A Dated Nightstand Gets a New Lease on Life
Ellen and her sister were cruising around their neighborhood one day when they spotted this nightstand sitting by the side of the road. It was in pretty good shape, if a bit outdated, so she immediately knew that she could give it a fun update. Ellen says, “I only spent about $20 on this project. I’m glad I went bold as it’s now a statement maker in my bedroom.” Thank you Ellen!
Apr 30, 2014
How To Get Happier In Your Rental Kitchen
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → 10 Ways To Be Less Frustrated WIth Your Rental Kitchen
Apr 30, 2014
You Can Grow Mint! The Dos and Don’ts
Apr 30, 2014
5 Ways to Use Zested Lemons (Besides Eating)
(Image credit: Dana Velden) From The Kitchn → 5 Ways to Use Zested Lemons
Apr 29, 2014
The Good, the Bad & the Ugly: One Year Sharing a Bedroom with a Baby
Some parents share a room with their baby by choice (especially those who choose to co-sleep) and others by necessity if they live in a small home. Perhaps you have a long-term plan to move into a two-bedroom home, but are staying where you are for now. Or, like my family, you’re not quite ready to have your infant share a room with an older child.
Apr 29, 2014
Before & After: A Dated Bath Gets a Facelift
Emily tells us that she, “wanted all evidence of this bathroom removed as fast as possible.” This attic bathroom had everything she didn’t want: thick fluffy carpet, limescale blocked taps and a bowl collecting liquid beneath a ‘critical’ drain. Eww. She smartly thought about how she wanted to feel in this space, and thus came up with a redesign plan for this high-altitude room. Thank you Emily!
Apr 29, 2014
Kitchen Before & After: A Blank Wall Gets A Custom Shelving Unit
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → Kitchen Before & After: A Hand-Built Shelving Unit Fills a Blank Kitchen Wall
Apr 29, 2014
Yes, You Are Feeding Your Kids Just Fine
Apr 28, 2014
Tips For a Double-Duty Living and Dining Room in a Small Apartment
From Apartment Therapy → Tips For a Double-Duty Living and Dining Room in a Small Apartment “Trying to lounge and dine in the same small space? Here are some ideas to consider if you’re trying to figure out how to mix these two functions in one small space gracefully and stylishly.
Apr 28, 2014
Before & After: Crib to Lofted Toddler Bed
While not everyone is a fan of the toddler bed, they can be good solutions if you have a small amount of space. Even better is this clever hack from Adriel Booker that turns a crib into a toddler bed with room for storage. Adriel kept the frame of the crib basically intact, but raised the bed up so that it’s a small version of a lofted bed. The crib rails provide security for the sleeping toddler. And with all the extra space underneath, she can store ride-on toys and buckets of toys.
Apr 28, 2014
Small Space Hosting: Tips for Welcoming Guests When You Don’t Have a Guest Room
I sometimes wonder if the guest room is, like the formal dining room, going the way of the Dodo. With people living smaller by choice and necessity, an entire room dedicated to overnight guests is a luxury you don’t see as often as you once did. These days, extra rooms tend to be home offices, if they exist at all. But people will want to go visiting, won’t they? As someone who has made my home away from my native country, I’m used to having people come and stay.
Apr 28, 2014
Before & After: A Sorry-Looking Ceiling Gets Some Stunning DIY Ingenuity
Emily and Shane hated their textured ceilings, but felt stuck with them because they weren’t ready to deal with the mess and trauma of drywalling. Finally, they just couldn’t take any more of those ceilings, “staring down at us,” so they took a gamble on another option, and boy, did it pay off. They covered it with beadboard! What a great way to give the ceiling a beautifully coffered look with surprisingly little effort and money.
Apr 28, 2014
Laura’s Sustainable Canadian Condo
Name: Laura Paul Location: Ottawa, Ontario My home is an 850 square foot, two-bedroom condo in Old Ottawa South, which I purchased when moving back ‘home’ after living in Toronto. Sustainability is my passion, and Buildings are my canvas (I obtained a Bachelors in Civil Engineering). I went to work renovating the dated condo to be more sustainable, and inline with my personal aesthetics.
Apr 27, 2014
Limor’s Shabby Chic Style
Name: Limor Zamir Location: Tel Aviv, Israel I’m from sunny Tel Aviv in Israel and my four bedroom apartment is located in the Northern part of the city. The look of it clearly reflects my love of shabby chic style! I just renovated the kitchen because I couldn’t stand the plain boring cabinet doors, so I changed them all into ones with a shabby chic, grandma-style glass doors. The bathroom cabinets were also replaced to coordinate with the new kitchen’s style.
Apr 26, 2014
Before & After: A Beige & Boring Living Room Goes Bright & Vibrant
From Jamie: In truth there are still a few small things we want to change or tweak (one major project being the demolition of the drywall around the stairs to allow the installation of a modern, open handrail) but we are satisfied with how far it has come. We feel it is bright, cheerful, and modern while still meshing with the overall transitional style of the house.
Apr 26, 2014
Gillian and Christopher’s Colorful Glasgow Apartment
Name: Gillian Lawtie (GWC) and Christopher Currie (Photography) Location: East End; Glasgow, Scotland Size: 2 Bedrooms Years lived in: 1.5 years; Rented initially before buying last year Chris and Gillian’s home is flooded with light and punctuated with flashes of bold color. It is full of life, and feels fresh, young and energetic.
Apr 26, 2014
Before & After: A Small Outdated Bathroom Gets a Bright and Cheerful Update
Need inspiration on how to lighten and brighten your old and outdated bathroom? You’ll find it in Mera’s simple update of her cozy room. She didn’t do anything complicated, but her changes made a big impact on the look and feel of this small space. From Mera: The paint peeled and cracked pretty quickly which just added to the overall yucky-ness of the room.
Apr 26, 2014
Lindsey’s Life in the West Loop
Name: Lindsey Location: West Loop, Chicago In our seven years in Chicago, we’ve moved seven times and this is honestly the most interesting building we’ve ever lived in… We packed up and purged from a 3-bedroom house into a 900-square foot space with our dog, Max. As soon as we unloaded the truck, people began welcoming us into the building and telling us about its history. We were invited to the annual progressive dinner where you visit different units.
Apr 25, 2014
Robert’s Mid-Century Modern Architectural Home
Name: Robert Harbour Location: Eagle Rock; Los Angeles, California Size: 1,500 square feet Years lived in: Less than 6 months You may remember Robert’s previous home from his house tour 2 years ago. He emailed me a few months ago, saying he purchased a beautiful new midcentury home and was in the process of restoring it. Robert has used a handful of the same furnishings in his new place, while making a few new purchases.
Apr 25, 2014
Emily & Andrew’s Colorful Uptown New Orleans House
Name: Emily Rosenzweig & Andrew Hunter Location: Uptown, New Orleans, Louisiana Size: 2,000 square feet Years lived in: 9 months; owned All it took was one weekend for Emily to fall in love. It happened during a girls’ getaway to New Orleans with her best friend last January. When she returned to her home in rural upstate New York, she handed a New Orleans real estate magazine to her husband and said, “Andrew, it is incredible. It is an old-house-lover’s paradise.
Apr 25, 2014
Before & After: A Small Office Gets Some Stunning Storage
Vel had a small office that needed a big update. She wanted more storage, a space to work, and a spot for her kids to do their homework, too. And, oh ya, it had to be stylish. Wow, talk about storage. We love the bold, blue backing Vel chose that really highlights her bookshelf styling. Vel says: We built these huge shelves out of plywood and switched our small office table with our old kitchen table! We really love this space and it is now the most used space in the house.
Apr 25, 2014
Pegboard in the Kitchen
Apr 25, 2014
The Best Flatware For Outdoor Entertaining
Apr 25, 2014
Try This: A Pretty Tray Under Your Dish Drying Rack
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → Instant Pretty: Store Your Dish Drying Rack On a Floral Tray (It’ll Collect Drips, Too!)
Apr 24, 2014
Tiny Kitchens With Big Style
Apr 24, 2014
Austin & Jenny’s Sunny LA Loft
Name: Austin and Jenny Flack (+ Emmy Lou) Location: Lincoln Heights; Los Angeles, California Size: 1,200 square feet Years lived in: 1 year; Rented We had the pleasure of ending a two day road trip at the home of Austin and Jenny Flack, in Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles. In a home nestled in a a group of industrial-style lofts, newlyweds Austin and Jenny have created an open, airy space full of upcycled elements, combined with a modern, streamlined feel.
Apr 24, 2014
Before & After: An Over-Madeover Console Gets Just the Right Amount of Love
Emilie found this vintage record player console at her local charity shop for 10 bucks, and boy, was it in a sorry state. Over the years, it had undergone many makeovers (and accumulated many many layers of paint), but Emilie suspected she might have found a hidden gem so she decided to put in some love see what she wound up with. That’s better! Just goes to show that hidden tresures are everywhere, you just need to look hard.
Apr 24, 2014
A Professor’s Small Space in Brooklyn
Name: Nicholas Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn A writer and college professor, I fell in love with this apartment immediately when I went looking for a place to live and work. It’s an awkward space—-living room, two very small interior rooms, kitchen with small toilet room and separate shower—but it gets tremendous light. On a budget, I mixed old family furniture and some key purchases on sale at a local furniture store, Organic Modernism.
Apr 23, 2014
Before & After: Vintage French Table Makeover
From Apartment Therapy → Before & After: Vintage French Table Makeover
Apr 23, 2014
Jason’s Highland Park Home
Name: Jason Stein – Senior Specialist, Design at Paddle8 Location: Highland Park; Los Angeles, California Size: 972 square feet Years lived in: 4 years Jason was a first time home buyer and was just not finding a house that really spoke to him. When he told his realtor to expand his East Los Angeles search to Highland Park, they discovered this Spanish house up in the hills. It’s Jason’s perfect combination of cozy and modern.
Apr 23, 2014
The Best Flatware for Entertaining Outdoors
What makes for great outdoor flatware? Above all else, it should be inexpensive and easy to clean (keep grandmother’s intricate silver inside). Bonus points for any set with natural or nautical details that make make a casual backyard barbecue feel like dining in a posh yacht, glam campground or lavish maharajah tent. Each of these options is not only beautiful, but priced just right to entertain four for less than $60 (and most are under $40).
Apr 23, 2014
Before & After: IKEA to the Rescue for a Sloped-Ceiling Closet
Brit realizes she’s lucky to have decent-sized closets in her 1924 Seattle home, but the walk-in closet in the master still felt tiny and cramped because of the very sloped ceiling. She really wanted to retain the old house charm but to bring the organization into this century. Wow, that is one stunning space. Here’s how it all came together.
Apr 23, 2014
Cleaning Lessons: The Dishwasher
(Image credit: Gina Eykemans) From The Kitchn → How To Clean a Dishwasher
Apr 23, 2014
DIY Project Idea: Painted Black & White Striped Walls
Here’s a fun way to get a little zip in your life — why not paint stripes in your home office? Architecturally, this was once a big closet. And though there’s a skylight above, the room has no window on the world to speak of, so this is a perfect opportunity for some uplift in the decorating department. By adding stripes here, we’re making this space special in a private way, like opening a small jewel box.
Apr 23, 2014
6 Rules For Practical Dining Room Rugs
Apr 23, 2014
5 Tiny Kitchens with Style
A tiny kitchen (in my opinion) is one with a small refrigerator, a sink and a stove, with little to no counter space. I’ve had plenty of tiny kitchens in previous apartments and despite their coziness, I always dreamed of the day I would have something a bit bigger — in case I might want to make two pies for the holidays that year. However, I would give that dream right up for the chance to cook a meal in one of these stylish kitchens.
Apr 22, 2014
Coppy’s Traditional Meets Modern Loft
Name: Coppy Holzman Location: New York, New York Size: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths Years lived in: 3 year; owned Coppy Holzman surrounds himself with an extensive collection of books and eclectic art, making his Manhattan loft a true reflection of his creative passions. The moment you walk into his home you are greeted by his loving dog, Biggie, and then a large contemplative image of the Queen of England.
Apr 22, 2014
Before & After: A Vintage French Table Gets a Magnifique Makeover
Lucky Nathalie in France happened upon this vintage military table in need of some love (and elbow grease). The industrial vibe was exactly what she was looking for so she set to work restoring it to its former glory. What an improvement! And Nathalie’s new table also works so perfectly with her cherished collection of Eames chairs (she calls them her “loves.
Apr 22, 2014
Spring Wall Paint Colors in Real Homes
Apr 22, 2014
7 Great Ways to Use Leftover Hardboiled Eggs
(Image credit: Leela Cyd) From The Kitchn —> 7 Ways to Use Up Hard-Boiled Eggs
Apr 21, 2014
Chelsea & Matthew’s Creative “How-to” Home
Name: Chelsea and Matthew Bieber, and kids Shire, Colin, and Mason Location: Fairfax County, Virginia Size: 1,700 square feet Years lived in: 3.5 years; Owned Chelsea maintains the home decor and furniture refinishing blog Chelsea’s Garage (and an Etsy shop of the same name); she and her husband, Matt, live in a partial split-level home outside of Washington, DC with their 4-year-old twins, Shire and Colin, and 3 1/2-year-old, Mason.
Apr 21, 2014
Before & After: Kristi Tries a New Technique: Cerusing
Well this is a new one on us! Kristie loved the shape and texture of this oak table but didn’t love the heavy-handed 90s orange-toned varnish, so she gathered up her courage and tried a technique called cerusing. Wait for it… Cerusing is where the grain of the wood is opened up by scrubbing with a metal brush. Then the wood is stained and the grain is filled with a contrasting pigment (usually white). Oak and other hard woods are the best to ceruse.
Apr 21, 2014