Just how small does an apartment have to be before it's qualified as a 'microstudio?' In the case of Felice Cohen's Upper West Side apartment, that figure would be 90 square feet. She pays $700 a month in rent. Comparatively, the average rent for an Upper West Side pad is $3,600. Watch the video below to see how Felice lives in such a tiny place, and then answer this question: Could you live in 90 square feet?
Decorating with a student budget didn't stop Chicagoans Meg and Brad from transforming their 900 square foot apartment into a space full of style and personality. These "colorful collectors" were able to create a completely unique and inspiring space - and stay in budget - with a little DIY ingenuity and a knack for finding hidden Craigslist gems. But, their growing art collection is what really makes this space come alive.
You know those makeovers where you question whether the before really was a before of the after? This is one of them. Ron and his girlfriend bought their first apartment--in spite of its bad condition--and decided
How do you pack a living room, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and hallway into an apartment that measures 11' x 3" wide by 16' x 2" deep by 10' x 4" tall? You add a second floor, of course. The owner, airplane interiors engineer and Seattle resident Steve Sauer, is quite happy with his compact crib, which includes a soaking tub
There are homes and then there are apartments. I'm not talking a yard versus non-yard scenario here. I'm talking about that comforting feeling of home versus that place in which you sleep, eat and store your stuff. Making your apartment feel like the former can be done simply and inexpensively. Here are
Back in 2007, renter and interior designer Grant K. Gibson offered his landlord a renovation for two months' free rent. Three thousand bucks later, Mr. Gibson is living large in his made-over apartment and his landlord owns some very nice-looking property. It's hard to believe that somewhere under all this loveliness was sea-foam green and lavender walls.
This little apartment in Sweden might be short on space, but, because it's long on style, you don't even notice! Decor8 observantly points out the generous use of Ikea pieces,
What exactly is a day bed, you ask? It's a twin bed disguised as a sofa by day and used as a bed at night. If your tiny space necessitates double duty for your bed, it's really quite simple to convert almost any twin bed into a day bed. Here are three pretty simple ways you can pimp out your twin bed into a multi-tasking day bed.
These apartment interiors by Ozhan Hazirlar are so perfect, they almost look fake. Which is probably why I like them. Bright, minimal, linear. Doesn’t get much better than that. Note the repeat of the curvy lozenge (and half-lozenge) shape from room to room. Via.
Interior design firm The Apartment turned a 7,000 square foot YMCA into a 5-bedroom apartment that also includes an interior garden and a 12 person theater. Original elements include the girders which were restored and painted to blend seamlessly with the contemporary--and extraordinary–make over. The lower level of the structure is the apartment while the upper region was left as a showcase for the agency's work. Via.
Until you master the art of knocking down walls without making your house collapse, or your stuck in a shoebox rental or dorm room, there'll always be the need to make your space seemer bigger than it actually is. Here's six tips from HandyManFixHomeRepair to do just that:
2. Downsize your decorating.
3. Draw the eyes upward.
4. Use the right kind of lighting.
5. Make use of the flooring.
Trying to furnish your new digs on a shoestring? This fabulous ottoman/hassock can be made for next to nothing. Go to a hardware store that sells electrical wire off of a wooden spool and ask for a discarded spool. Next, go to a fabric store and buy a cool fabric remnant that will cover your ottoman. Hint: Upholstery fabric is 54" wide. If you have a twenty inch round (diameter) ottoman and you want it...
Have you heard about the Providence group of artists who transformed unused space in Providence Place Mall into an apartment? The area was used to store materials while the mall was under construction from 1997-1999. After its completion near the end of ‘03, the space was abandoned. That’s when the gutsy collective went to work surreptitiously moving in about 2 tons of constructions materials, which included 90 30-pound cinder blocks to build a...
Beginning Monday, September 10th, Apartment Therapy begins their Fall Cure: the 8 week program to declutter, dedrama, and decor a room in your home. The process is outline in the AT book, and you can join your closest regional cure group, and post your progress on its Flickr page!
(The best part = it ends with a party!)
Food blog Chowhound asks users to submit their cleverest of ideas for utlizing small kitchen spaces in their SMALL KITCHEN DIY FIXES article. After going strong for two months, the information had become a little disorganized, but the tips are well worth plowing through.
Among the highlights:
and organization and purging tips for days.