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Category Archives: small spaces
When I first saw this photo at a quick glance, I thought, what a pretty kitchen with such a lovely view. Upon looking at it more closely though, I realized that what was above the stove was actually a large framed photograph giving the illusion of a window. Such a smart and creative idea for making a small space feel brighter, more spacious and serene.
image credit: Melissa Kaseman
Most of the big stuff is in place in our living room (mostly carried over from our last home) but I’m still deciding on the details – that is, what new accessories I want to bring in and how I want to style them. So I’ve been collecting inspiration and in the process have found these beautiful spaces:
Love the color palette…and how insane is that headboard?
Cozy – blue and white
Mini fig leaf!
Diggin’ the pop of blue pattern
Deborah Needleman’s living room has always been one of my favorites
love that blue ikat chair
Image sources: 1- designed by tom scheerer, 2- found via bhg, 3- original source unknown, 4- elle decor, 5- photography by melanie acevedo, 6- designed by jill litner kaplan, 7- jauregui architect
As mentioned in a previous post, earlier this month, Style Me Pretty Living, one of my favorite lifestyle sites, featured a tour of my previous home. Since the feature went up, I’ve received inquires about the sources of some things, so I thought I’d post a complete list here for anyone else who may also be curious to know. Because the apartment was a rental that we planned to live in for only about 2 years or so and we had other priorities financially, when it came to decorating and furnishing it, we did so on a small budget, splurging only on a few select pieces. BTW, this post from 2012 shows a few photos of what the place looked like when we first moved in!
sofa - Crate and Barrel (crazy comfortable!) , pillows - Arianna Belle, blue abstract artwork - commissioned from Parima Studio, gold square wall frames – Target (they were originally silver and I spray painted them), white tufted ottoman - Target, round gold mirrored tray - World Market, large white tray - West Elm, coasters - Anthropologie, small gold bowl – Target, blue rug - Overstock, sunburst mirror - Home Depot (a total steal!), turquoise vases – Target, double gourd lamps - Overstock, black side tables – Ikea, white media unit - Ikea - customized it by painting the back blue, small light blue lacquer box - Swing Design, sheepskin – Ikea, paint color - Horseradish C15-1 by Olympic
white pendant light - Lamps Plus, white round tulip table - Ikea, clear acrylic chairs - Ikea, gold flatware - West Elm, black and white placemats - Serena and Lily, paint color - Horseradish C15-1 by Olympic
gold tray – West Elm, glass decanter – Target, french opaline turquoise glasses – vintage (you can find similar ones on eBay, Etsy, and flea markets), white shelves – Ikea, pot rack – Ikea, stainless steel mixing bowls – Joss and Main, blue treat jar – Homegoods, cookbooks – It’s All Good, The Kind Diet, My Father’s Daughter, Eating the Alkaline Way, Crazy Sexy Kitchen, Superfood Kitchen, Barefoot Contessa at Home
floor lamps - Ikea, white duvet cover - Bed Bath and Beyond, embroidered sheet set - BlissLiving Home, pillows - Arianna Belle, silver frames - Target, patterned fabric boxes - Blissliving Home, white shag rug - Rugs USA, benches - Rose Bowl Flea Market, paint colors - Olympic Pounding Surf and Freshwater
white desk – Ikea, leopard pillow - Arianna Belle, shelving unit - Ikea, rug – Overstock , doube gourd lamps – Target, black quatrefoil mirror - Target, artwork - Parima Studio, turquoise binders - Office Depot, orange tray - West Elm, file box – Office Depot
Q: The base of my Docksta table gets dirty easily from people resting their feet on it, how do you keep yours clean?
A: Magic Erasers!
Q: How did you hide the wires and cords of your wall mounted TV in your living room?
A: We used these cable management covers we found on Amazon. I’ve also seen similar ones at home improvement stores.
All photography by Esther Sun
I saw this and immediately thought, genius!
Three full length mirrors placed side-by-side to add height, impact and spaciousness. The vertical lines of the mirrors draw the eye up and make the space feel taller. The reflections of the mirrors duplicate distance, depth and light, visually expanding the space to make it feel larger and brighter. Such a smart design trick. Love also that this can easily be recreated on a budget!
image: Hilary Swank’s New York apartment, photography by Bruce Katz 2002
Pieces that do double duty are so great for small spaces. This piece below, a bookcase turned on its side with a cushion on top, doubles both as a place to store favorite books as well as extra seating. So clever!
image credit: sous style by pippa
image credit: the glamouri
An old fave from domino. This is such a great idea for a small room with no storage. A loft bed leaves leftover room underneath for a closet system to organize clothes and accessories. Fabric on the loft’s undercarriage and custom curtains dresses things up. Every inch is maximized and the space feels serene and clutter free.
Secretary desks are so great for adding some function to a little corner. They provide plenty of concealed storage and the hinged desktop surface can be folded up when not in use.
image credits: 1- domino, 2- domino, 3- eddie ross, 4- via habitually chic,, 5- via french by design, 6- lonny mag, 7-via gunkelman flesher, 8- hickory chair, 9-domino, 10- domino
Adding shelves in the bathroom can be a great small space solution. They allow you to maximize storage by utilizing vertical wall space, and they provide a great spot for extra towels, soaps, toilet paper, other bath products, and decorative objects:
The above bedroom is by designer Adrienne Neff. She used California Closets custom units to create one side with hanging rods and drawers below, plus a tie rack; and the other side with shelves and vertical hanging space for dresses. Shelves above the bed provide a space for off-season clothing. The side storage is concealed with felt cutains suspened from a track, while the shelves above the bed are concealed with a linen-blend roman shade. The custom headboard, the rich chocolate brown paint that matches the shelving, and the swing arm sconces, keep it from having a “living in a closet” feel.
This bedroom is by Sherry and John of Young House Love. They used two Ikea wardrobes on either side of the bed. One for her, one for him, each customized with drawers and rods and hidden behind white curtains hung high. A valance gives it a finished effect and makes it feel like the bed is tucked into a built-in nook.