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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Tuesday’s Tips: pedestal sink storage

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Pedestal sinks are nice in small bathrooms because it frees up floor space and doesn’t have the bulk of a cabinet. However you lose needed storage so this post has a few ideas to help make the lack of surface space more functional. You can hang a glass floating shelf for daily needs…

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You can squeeze a shelving unit in the space…
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You can hide baskets or unsightly items behind a skirt…

{Images via House Beautiful, Blair Harris as seen on Elements of Style}

Tuesday’s Tips: white kitchen problems…

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I like this little kitchen but here’s what I would do to give it more life: if I didn’t want to paint the walls or if this was a rental where painting wasn’t allowed, I would use adhesive temporary wallpaper in a dark color like black where the built-ins are so that the white and clear dishware contrasts. I like the start of adding a bold graphic rug, and I would carry that into any towels. Even setting a hand towel on the counter under a decorative chopping board could help in adding color to a white space. I would also use black blinds or have some sort of a valance to tie it all together. I would add a clear vase on the shelf with black sand from a craft store and put some green faux suscselents in it. Adding greenery and plants liven any home or area. If I wanted more color, I would swap out some of the gadgets and buy a bold tea kettle, or paint the wood handles on the knives. Using colorful jars to store utensils like spatulas or dishbrushes can bring the color you need. Lastly there appears to be enough wall space to add a small colorful framed print.

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Tuesday’s Tips: Rule of thumb for hanging art

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They say art is best hung 5-9″ from the top of the headboard, sofa or console. I want to add that sometimes it’s best to eye it. You want the art to be eye level with an average height person and not hung too high. At the same time scale is key. If you have tall ceilings you want to ensure the art or mirror selected will actually fill the space. If you purchase a canvas abstract piece or mirror displayed horizontally, play with it and see how it will look vertically. Don’t shy away from buying in 3’s and if there is a print you like that is small, go to places like Michael’s to have a frame custom made with a large mat. Larger mats and frames can make any small print appear more grand. You can also add more art to create a gallery wall to fill up wall space.

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{Images via preciously me, vintage luxe, blood & champagne, cullman & kravis, style at home & cj dellatore}

Tuesday’s Tips: repurpose bar carts and make a coffee station

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Maybe you’re not an alcoholic drinker but you do indulge in a daily latte, coffee or tea time. Those bar carts or small bakers racks can be repurposed as a coffee cart or station. I absolutely love this idea. It’s like bringing a hotel amenity in your own home. There’s just something so welcoming about coffee, cups and cream & sugar waiting for you to start your day.

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Make the station interesting with a picture wall. This is especially cool if you have frequent guests. Make sure to keep any to-go cups with lids ready for those long commutes….

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Keep the jazziest mugs, cups and saucers on display. Now is a good time to at least display those mugs you get as gifts that you never really use. Some mugs can even house the sugar cubes or straws…

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Tuesday’s Tips: ways to organize and have more garage space

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-Have a tall one car garage? Well maybe you can use some dead air to store another vehicle….or bikes…

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-turn the door area into a mudroom. The key is ensuring junk doesn’t enter the house. So keep a place for muddy shoes, garbage and have wipes or hand sanitizer to keep out germs…

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-Use painters tape to outline “parking spaces”to remind kids where to keep their wheeled toys…

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Tuesday’s Tips: chic toy storage

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I like the neat look of the basket in Lena Corwin’s nursery. It’s big enough to store a lot of small toys and lug from room to room. The basket can easily transition in an adult room as well without compromising style…

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Multiple baskets in a modular setting or bookcase can keep related items together. Separating crafts, with legos and sporting goods will make the cleanup easy for kids. Keeping the basket neutral as possible will save money in the long run as the style can grow with the child.


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Tuesday’s Tips: Store shoes in deep drawers

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Store shoes in a deep dresser drawer. You may have enough closet space to hang majority of your clothes and a dresser really isn’t needed for things other than socks, undies and pjs. Well, if you are one of those fortunate folks, use empty dresser drawers for shoes. How easy to simply roll open a drawer and select which ever heels you want. No need to  reach for a step stool to pull down what you want when you can have them within easy grasp.

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Or you can add casters to a drawer for under bed storage…

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Tuesday’s Tips: quick cleanup can lead to less stress

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I was reading one of my favorite sites Clutch Mag and came across an article about how untidy homes can have an effect on your well being and cause stress. The results of cleaning, even as little as 20 minutes, can make you calmer as you won’t have the cluttered viewpoints that may keep you anxious.

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You ever feel extremely tired but can’t quite go to bed because you think of all the things you need to do? It’s similar to that. I know if my living room coffee table gets cluttered with drinking glasses, mail and magazines, I won’t be able to enjoy the tv show I’m watching. So I usually take a few minutes to tidy up as much as I can. Even if you are short on time, having decorative baskets and ottomans with lids are great ways to do a quick sweep over by dumping random things in it. At a later time you can then go thru the items and organize. At least momentarily it will look neater. So give it a try one night before. As quickly as you gather as much as you can and hide it in a bin or basket. Guranteed you will sleep & feel better.

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