Decorating an apartment for the holidays differs from trimming a home you own and have free reign over. In a rental, you can’t haphazardly nail stuff to the wall. You’re probably dealing with a smaller space or odd physical obstacles (like no mantel, or too many mantels!). And your landlord might even have restrictions on real trees or lighting candles. All these hurdles just means that the earned end result is far more satisfying. Continue Reading
Renting your home has some perks (no mortgage, no maintenance costs, no headaches), but there are downsides: apartment decorating can be a challenge, and limited storage space makes it hard to stay organized.
Many apartments are too small or don't offer much storage. Maybe the landlord won't let you paint or put nail holes in the wall. And rental properties are usually fitted with unsightly light-fixtures or unattractive flooring. Continue Reading
I've been itching to do some DIY art for our home that could involve my kids, but still be stylish and modern. This family silhouette art is definitely a blast from the past! I remember doing this in elementary school and coming home proudly displaying my rather odd-looking silhouette for my parents. This time around, I decided to have it more large scale, keeping the colors simple and the frames clean. It took less than an hour by the time I had them framed and up on the wall! Continue Reading
Wish you had more storage space? You’re not alone! But with a bit of effort and some creative problem solving, you might already have all the space you need. Here are some unique clothing organization ideas for small spaces.
1. If you’ve run out of closet space, try mounting a tension rod inside of an open shelving unit or between two cabinets. [Photo via: Reclaiming Your Castle]
2. Don’t forget about unused spaces… for example, try storing your clothing under the bed. Continue Reading
Not everybody has the square footage in their home for a spacious guest bedroom. That doesn’t mean you can’t have one though, it just means that you have to get creative. Check out these ten genius guest bedroom solutions.
1. This idea will appeal to the young at heart… a set of bunk beds! You can have two guests for the footprint of one. [Photo: Love This Crazy Life]
2. Or try hiding a small bedroom nook behind a curtain. Continue Reading
If you’ve always wanted to throw a party, but thought that your place was simply too tiny to actually pull the trigger, this post is for you. Sure being limited by square feet can be a problem, when it comes to parties, but I have good news. There are easy ways to fix those common space-related issues. Here are six tips for throwing a great party in a small space.
1. Keep it small. First and foremost, if you don’t have much space, it makes sense to keep the guest list small. Continue Reading
This DIY clothes rack is an awesome–and so, so simple–solution to small space or no-closet woes!
I love the on-trend copper look, but you could spray paint the pipe to match your decor (or even paint it the same color as your walls so it “disappears”). This idea comes from Ivania Carpio over at Love Aesthetics and is one of the easiest projects on the planet. All you need is a pipe (whatever length you want), wire cable, and two hooks. Continue Reading
You might not believe it, but this dim, box-filled bedroom has the makings of a fresh and funky light-filled retreat. Check out the ‘after’ to see what I mean!
Sibylle Roessler, the same brilliant mind behind this incredible dining room makeover, recently completed a similarly stunning bedroom transformation. Using items she already had along with a few clever DIY projects (a ruffle laundry bag and quirky wall art for example), she was able to create this playful bedroom update without spending a dime. Continue Reading
This tiny space started out as a closed balcony then morphed into a bedroom then morphed again into a stunning, light-filled dining room! Don’t believe me? Check out the ‘after’ below!
Sibylle Roessler from the blog Funky Time sent over a link to her dining room makeover and let’s just say I was blown away! The space started out as a closed balcony, which means it had windows on the inside that led to the living room – an awkward feature for a bedroom (which is what the previous tenants had used the space for). Continue Reading
Confession: As a vegetable gardener, I’m pretty pathetic. We used to have a 12′ x 15′ vegetable garden at the back of our property (about 200 feet from our house and down a somewhat steep hill). With the weeding and watering, our excitement every spring for growing our own peppers and tomatoes faded quickly, leaving us with a less than flourishing garden. Several years back, we gave in, realizing that, even though we have plenty of room for a ‘proper’ garden, we just weren’t ‘proper’ garden people. Continue Reading