Tiny Tot Thursday: preparing for a baby in a 400 sq ft NYC apt

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When I saw this on Pinterest, I knew I had to make this a Tiny Tot Thursday post. The parents didn’t want to move when they found out they were expecting. Instead, they got out their thinking caps and made some creative choices that can benefit anyone.

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The hanging bassinet is quite genius and visually pretty amongst the exposed brick wall. The parents used the height of the ceiling to their benefit by working up and using vertical wall space for storage. It’s something I suggested in a closet storage post you can read about here.

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I love the numbered bins on the floating shelves. They also raised their bed to be able to utilize underbed space more efficiently. You can see the rest of the details and more pics
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What a beautifully designed kitchen…

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I said it before but oven range hoods are really taking over kitchen designs and can steal the show. This kitchen was designed by Matthew Quinn for the Kips Bay Showhouse last year. I love all of the materials from the counter to the backsplash, the range hood and lighting.

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The built in cabinets look like decorative armoires and add a nice touch to the space…

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The lighting pendants are fun and probably cast a nice design on the walls. You can see more of the kitchen and the neatly organized drawers here here.

{Photos by Heather Clawson for Habitually Chic}

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Hello February…

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Hot air balloon ride is on my bucket list and how romantic would it be to ride in a heart shaped balloon…
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I am not one of those people that feel you can’t celebrate a simple holiday because you should love on people everyday. Of course you should do things through out the year but it’s still fun to create Valentine’s crafts with children (I plan to create a little care package for my niece & help her make Valentine’s for her parents), wear red (a hue I hardly wear) & get festive.

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Kitchen Options: Under Cabinet Lighting

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I always say nothing beats ambient lighting. Lighting truly does wonders to transform a space and emit a certain mood. I love how under cabinet lighting can add a custom feel to a kitchen that may be on the ordinary side…

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There are quite a few options but I prefer the inexpensive ones that don’t require wiring. You can get LED flexible strips on a light reel that runs around 7 bucks or puck lights with adhesive bottoms. Some of those are motion sensored so you don’t have to worry about wasting energy when someone isn’t home or in the kitchen. Some of the wireless lights can come with wireless switches.

Tuesday’s Tips: Don’t throw it out…just add gold!

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There are so many craigslist postings filled with crap or things collecting dust in your garage that can easily be revamped with gold. Whether you spray paint or gold leaf, adding the metallic hue can give new life to lots of things. Here are some of my favs from my Pinterest DIY board. Above is a gold leaf Ikea hack via The Hunted Interior.

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I see these stools all of the time online and after seeing this, I may just scoop some up…

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Dream a Little Bigger really changed the look of this dated chair…

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Iron on letters and quotes can change any plain pillow as seen on The Shabby Creek Cottage

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I love lamp shades with color inside and this diy project via Cohesive Randomness turned out fab.

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This is by far my favorite. I love this diy gold leaf painted globe. If they painted the stand gold too it really would have set this off. See the deets on Love and Renovations.

Painting walls navy like I did for my client…

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I never thought I’d like the color navy let alone navy walls. If you follow me on instagram you may have already seen my pic of the wall I painted for a teen boy’s room. He wanted a Milwaukee Brewers color scheme for the walls for his sports/video game themed room. I knew orange would be apart of that palette and navy looks gorgeous next to the hue. It’s a dark color but manages to be fresh. This high gloss ceiling is stunning especially with the gold sputnik chandelier…

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I love this wood plank idea for the navy wall. It gives the room texture and a focal point for the bed….

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Whenever a dark wall has the contrast of white molding, it’s always a nice look….

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The navy in this bathroom serves as a muted way to keep the ceiling the focal…
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Some nice navy colors to use are Benjamin Moore’s Gravel Gray, Club Nay by Ralph Lauren, Chanson Bleu by Dutch Boy & Naval by Sherwin Williams….

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Tiny Tot Thursdays: circus and carnival themes

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I am so in love with vintage carnival and circus themed parties, showers and themed bedrooms. This one is so adorable and rustic with bales of hay, wooden crates, etc…

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I am a sucker for marquee lights and I think the flowers out of the popcorn boxes are genius for centerpieces. There are so many fun ideas you can do for this type of party or shower like hiring a magician, clown, face painter or caricature artist….

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Lovely roman shades and pretty hot air balloons give a whimsical yet classy carnival spin for this themd nursery….

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Wants and Wishes Designs offers a pretty softened palette of circus party supplies. How cute is this clown  lollipop holder?

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I love this centerpiece idea to give a food display or table some height. Using tickets and boxes of animal crackers or cracker jacks to make a pyramid can also double as favors for kids at the end of the party. Buy plastic animals to paint or sprinkle with glitter to top the centerpieces and cakes…

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Use fabric to form “curtains” around backdrops for a photo booth or against the wall….

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Tuesday’s Tips: how to save money on double curtain rods…

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We all know how pricey double rods can be but tension rods comes to the rescue yet again. Before we looked at how they can keep your scarves ornganized and pot lids from falling over here but now you can save money with them by putting them over an existing rod.

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{Images via Damien Langlois-Meurinne, Ellie Cullman via Johm Lyle Style}