This is a little embarrassing, but I am going to embrace my small space with a head held high. I entered my apartment for Apartment Therapy’s Small Cool Contest partially as an incentive to have to do a major spring cleaning (which we did), but now it is up for the world to see. I know, the kitchen (don’t laugh!) and a lot of the apartment need quite a bit of work, but when you are renting a 1920’s apartment and all of your walls are at odd angles and/or your electrical outlets are in the worst possible locations (i.e. not at all in the bathroom), I think we did ok.
I was so excited to be able to see my cousin Alison’s renovated 800-square foot beach house in Branford Connecticut this weekend. It’s her first house, and I’ve been following the project since she bought the house in January.
I wish she had had the time for a blog during construction; it would probably include all kinds of horror stories like a little paw stretching out through a kitchen vent; coming home and finding out the glass tile she splurged on was put on the wall backwards, with the backing side facing out; having to shower at the gym for weeks; staying on a friend’s sofa for six weeks instead of the promised one week; having to move all of the furniture from one floor to the other on a regular basis due to floor refinishing, etc.Â All of the suffering and frustrations have finally paid off! Just about everything is done, right down to the purple trim. The best part was that we were able to carry her two sea kayaks across the road and explore Long Island Sound.
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In this time of Small Space, Big Style, have you ever checked out tiny houses? I stumbled upon it via black . white . bliss over the weekend and it’s a really fun site to peruse.Â Here’s a charming little sample from their album:
I just had to share this image from this month’s Sunset magazine. I’m totally enamored with this sliding door that can open the kitchen up to the eating area or slide over to close it off – it’s perfect for any small space. Thanks Sunset!
I just found this cool post over at PigPog detailing all sorts of DIY design solutions. Who says you need to buy furniture? Roll up your sleeves and crank out a great looking ladder shelf or fractal chandelier. Inspiring or what?