Parting With My Studio Apartment—and My Independence
When my partner and I left Chicago for San Francisco, we decided to hold off on moving in together. We hadn’t been dating for very long and wanted to establish our own, independent selves and lives in the new city. Plus, I had never lived by myself. I was enamored with the idea of creating my very own home, with no bathrooms to share or aesthetics to clash. I fixed my own appliances (with a little assistance from YouTube) and never split the rent or the bills for the wifi.
Mar 7, 2018
Genius Space-Saving Projects For Small Spots & Tight Corners
Renter woes and vintage layouts make odd, small spaces a reality everyone will face at some point. Short of pulling a Chip Gaines and demoing walls, you have to work with what you’ve got. Talk about packing a lot in a tight corner. A shelf never has to be just a shelf. Add notches for keys or under hooks for bags, like in this home on VT Wonen. Just be sure to use wall anchors for heavy loads. Fold-down tables are a classic space saver.
Mar 7, 2018
3 Tiny Things That Are a Huge Help in My Small Kitchen
One way to adapt to life in a small apartment is to have less stuff. Another way is to have smaller stuff. In my apartment’s petite kitchen, I have a few items that work especially well for me — scaled-down versions of standard kitchen staples that take up less space, but still manage to get the job done. Sometimes, you just want to cut a few things, and washing a big cutting board in a tiny sink is kind of a pain.
Mar 7, 2018
This Compact Yin & Yang House Was Designed for Maximum Plants
Generally speaking, when building in a small space, something always has to give — and in an populated area, most often the “give” is in sacrificing outdoor spaces, especially gardens. But one Beijing- and Austria-based design duo has found a genius solution in the plans for this “Yin & Yang House” currently being built in central Germany.
Mar 7, 2018
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Mar 7, 2018
Before & After: A Small, Blah Hell’s Kitchen Co-op Gets a Helluva Makeover
Name: JM Chilgren, my Boston Terrier, Betty, and my boyfriend, Matthew Location: Hell’s Kitchen — New York, NY Size: 450-475 square feet Years lived in: 5 years, owned I’ve owned my one-bedroom apartment in The Whitby (a charming co-op pre-war building, designed by Emory Roth and built in 1923) since 2012, and it’s changed a lot since I moved in.
Mar 7, 2018
The Weird Hardware Store Find You Need in Your Kitchen
Until you know how to harness its power, you won't appreciate this mysterious concoction for all it can really do.
Mar 7, 2018