Tuesday’s Tips: small space ideas for attics and apartments

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If you have a sloped ceiling or need to make an attic space liveable, simply arrange the furniture in a way that makes the most sense. Here you see the dresser is against the shorter wall which is smart because you don’t need much clearance above a dresser. Turning cubed bookshelves on the side or making built ins on the shorter walls are also smart solutions without compromising storage. Floating shelves over file cabinets can create long desk space. Instead of a mirror over the dresser, they opted for a tall one that’s hung against the full sized wall.

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When you’re working with a small area, buy individual furniture pieces instead of sets. Buying sets may be a better deal but they are harder to squeeze in rooms and when you have furniture too large, the space ends up feeling smaller. Buying tables on legs allows for floor pillows, small ottomans and poufs to tuck under easily. They can be used for additional seating. Tulip tables and others made pedestal style are great in smaller areas.  If you have one sofa, consider buying one or two chairs instead of loveseats as it’s easier to move around a chair in an awkward layout. Use dressers for tv stands which can hide unsightly cords and dvds etc. Not convinced about a dresser? See examples here.

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Design Takeaways…

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I think this planter design would be very cute in a kitchen especially if herbs like basil etc were potted. Someone who cooks with fresh ingredients could have them right at their disposal…

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I also like the painted pegboards. This is a way to inject color in a rental apartment and can function as a space saver. Check out pegboards posts for jewelry storage solutions and kitchen ideas. If you need more ideas on adding color in a kitchen, read here.

{Images by Douglas Lyle Thompson for Gardenista as seen on Remodelista}

A calming sophisticated home by SmithBoyd Interiors

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Michael Boyd creates a functional, sophisticated, liveable-luxe home in calming color palettes and rich in texture with tailored furniture and interesting lighting designs. The elegance is there but done in a timeless and tasteful approach. I am such of fan of this man’s design work. He really makes homes feel inviting…

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I love this sitting area especially the lacquered octagon table. The creamy tone is more of a softened spin on black and white but still classic…

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Such a pretty light chandelier from Restoration Hardware. Speaking of….I found out they closed down the only Milwaukee location. Shameful. You can see more of the home’s beauty over on Atlanta Homes.

{Photos by Erica George Dines}

Hotel Indulgences: The Ganesvoort NY

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So I have been meaning to blog about The Gansevoort Hotel in New York ever since watching The Kardashians take NYC. I remember drooling over the ginormous houndstooth chairs and the mix of patterns, textures and the glamorous look of it all. It is the type of design I crave when staying in a new city. They have two locations in New York and here are my favorite rooms. This aerial view and that velvet sofa is my computer’s wallpaper now…

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Remember this was the suite Kim K stayed in during the Humphries era while filming Kim & Kourt take New York…

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Friend in my head: Lauren Conrad’s penthouse…

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I have posted about LC (for you old Hills fans) several times before on her Paper Crowne office space and her feminine style so I’m glad to see her home featured in Instyle magazine. This feminine Parisian inspired closet is everything. It looks like a luxury boutique…

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For me, the epitome of a penthouse is having an exposed brick wall. It adds a warm feeling, architecture, texture and a sense of history.

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The gold glassware looks good against the mirror and black…

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See more of her home here and be sure to pick up the mag for the full article.
{images by Douglas Friedman amd styled by Ann Caruso}