Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Walking Under Wine

Oh my god, I love this wine rack so much:

If I had any doors that this could fit around, it would be at my apartment now. I love how it adds a decorative touch to a doorway, but the decoration is WINE. So much better than any other decoration. You could get two and flank your door with 16 bottles of wine (which is a weird amount, because wine comes in 12-bottle cases most of the time), but yay for small space solutions for wine!!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Real-time bathroom

So I thought I should add what my ACTUAL bathroom looks like, since I was so smitten with the purple bathroom I posted a few days ago. Let me just preface that my bathroom looks NOTHING like the cool purple bathroom, but I don't mind this one. Even though the bathroom is small, it actually has decent storage. I once looked at a two bedroom* apartment in soho/china town and the bathroom was so small, that if you were sitting on the toilet you literally couldn't open the door and had zero storage. Ideally one frat guy who was never home could live there by himself... if girl roommates were there it would've involved elaborate storage rig ups, shower caddies and knife fights over the bathroom mirror "vanity."

The one thing that drives me nuts is that the "architect" didn't realize that if you switched the sink with the toilet, the door would totally open ALL THE WAY and I wouldn't have to use my bathmat as a door stopper. At least this bathroom isn't a stand-up shower that shares space with the kitchen, as some LES apartments are known to have.

Here is the best picture I could get of the full bathroom. If you will note, the door only opens this far because it hits the toilet and will not open all the way. 

Here is the toilet, being hit by the door

Here is my bathmat, aka doorstopper

I have to take my own advice and hit up Target for some shelveing. As you will note, my makeup is overflowing the sink area and hubs' mouthwash takes up the other 1/3 of the space.

*It was a "cozy, well located" two bedroom in NYC realtor speak. If it were used as a two bedroom, there was no living room. To anyone else, this is generally known as a tiny one bedroom above the noisy chinese restaurant.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Threat Level: Orange

I believe this photo is the epitome of ThisApartmentIsTooSmall:

Sadly, this studio's wee kitchen still has more counter space than any of 
my apartments have ever had.

I am, however, a big fan of matching your fridge to your bedroom "doors."

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Bathroom inspiration

I've always heard purple was the color of royalty....

... It makes sense to use it in the room where you sit on the throne.

 I love this bathroom and want a wavy tile decoration of my own. And look how they even save space with a streamlined magazine rack attached to the wall. Here's one that even includes toilet paper holders!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

I've got the Blues

Oh my, this is such a cute idea to highlight this eensy kitchen space. Since it's not technically a "room," the blue paint helps to visually separate the space, give it character, and emits a soothing vibe. Plus, the long shelves and plethora of drawer space really helps keep everything in its place... And, it looks like they even made use of MASON JARS for storage, which we all know I love. You could even drag over some stools and create a makeshift bar which seems fun as long as the mixed drinks aren't too insane.

Cutest small kitchen paint job EVER

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

No body puts baby in a corner

Cornerizing (kor-ner-i-zing)
maximizing an otherwise inefficient corner in a small space with some kind of useful object
Example sentence: Pottery Barn is really cornerizing a lot of items in this month's catalog

Even though this definition is something I just made up, it is extremely useful and I love things that make the most out of tight corners. This awesome cutting board does just that:

I WISH I had corner on my counter top in which to implement said cutting board, but it is a great way to maximize the most of your counters when you are making delicious meals like this awesome Risotto or delicious pretzel bark.

Friday, September 7, 2012

EBooks v. Real Books

I love being in a book club, especially one called "The Woohoo Girls Bookclub." I love that we spend 15 minutes discussing the book, 5 minutes picking the new one, and then 1.5 hours discussing work, boys and celebrity gossip. We all agree that Ryan Gosling would be very welcome at one of our meetings and that Ryan Lochte seems like a douche.

One thing we cannot agree on however, is whether real books or Ebooks are the way to go. Some girls  love the feel, texture, smell, and visual quality of regular books and are staunch non-believers that a screen could give them the same experience. I switched over to an Ipad with the Kindle app a few years ago and have never looked back. Here are a few reasons why Ebooks are great, even if they are the demise of the book publishing community:

Nook Color

Kindle Fire


1) Choosing your settings

The ability to change font, backlighting, colors and text size are nice options. People whose eyesight has become a challenge because of age/arm length restrictions have noted they love being able to change the font to a bigger size without having to buy large text books (which are not readily available). I personally love that I can read in bed with a black background/white font while Bill sleeps beside me. Four tiny book lights bit the dust right before I switched to Ebooks, and this option is infinitely better. I also love the ability to instantaneously look up a word if you don't know what it means. Yay for learning new stuff!

2) Enormous libraries

Have you ever travelled on a plane? Have you ever travelled on a plane to another continent? Have you  ever travelled on a plane to another continent with 3 enormous hard cover books? Yeah, I never want to do that again either. With an Ereader you can download all the Twilight, Fifty Shades of Grey & Self Help books you've been meaning to read and they all fit in exactly the same amount of room in your bag. Plus no one gives you the stink eye when they see the jacket covers.


With all the digital formats that files, photos and books come in now, it is amazing to think that only one of the benefits is space saving. No longer do we need boxes upon boxes filled with books that you are only going to read once and then try to give to as many of your friends as you can the week before you move. My first full time job was as an assistant to an art advisor and we moved 3 separate times while I was there (including to and from an apartment on a 5th floor walk up). Since I was the ONLY EMPLOYEE it was my job to pack and unpack everything in our office, including the 25 boxes of books & catalogs we needed to look up artists and auction records. Guess how much I would have enjoyed simply breaking out an Ipad and saying "Done packing all the books!" as opposed crying by myself and wishing I had gone into finance instead.*

So perhaps electronics have led to a downfall of book publishing and newsprint, I on the other hand think they are a great alternative to all the trees that now get to live, boxes that don't have to be packed and all the backs that don't have to have surgery from heavy bookbags.

*I realize that it would not have been realistic to keep all our catalogs and auction records on one Ipad, but I like to pretend like it could have been an alternative. Ipads do have nice screens, I think clients would have loved the glossy, high-tech effect of presenting art that way. Slideshow anyone?

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Anti-Shorty kitchen

This week's inspiration is all about the kitchen. Just the thought of moving everything to the wall and having a nice clean counter space makes me drool. However, at a scant 5'3", most of the ideas in this picture would be out of reach, and the step-stool would unfortunately win in the very contrived contest of winning new best-friend status.

That being said, all these wall storage ideas are great - the fruit basket, the wine rack, the cannisters, the wooden spoons... all up and in their own space, even though the wire mesh is a bit on the industrial storage side. I even love how the wine rack keeps everything upside down and makes a design statement in the process of keeping those corks nice and moist. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Cute natural kitchen

I've been receiving some very nice emails with ideas for small spaces lately, which is so thoughtful and thank you everyone who has been sending! I'm determined to be a better blogger and post more often, so I'm going to start interspersing my longer blog posts with small space inspiration pictures. So even though your space may not look exactly like the photos (and whose does really?) hopefully you can find some ideas for future renovations.

Today, let's be inspired by a natural environment kitchen:

This room looks like it could come from a Anthropologie catalog. What I wouldn't give for that adorable mug/shelf branch, it adds so much character and whimsy to a tiny kitchen space! They've also made good use of vertical shelving for a visual display of containers/tools. Making scrambled eggs in this environment seems less like a chore and more like a visit to Narnia.