Monday, August 19, 2013

Now, stumbling across this was pretty amazing. It looks like this guy designed his own storage system to fit within his small apartment* to hold his tv, clothes, shoes, vinyl records, and an extra guest bed up top. 

Here you can see how big the cube is in relation to the designer, as well as possibly watch him enter  the magical land of Narnia. 

I think this is an incredible design that fits a lot into a small space, however, I feel he could get even more storage accomplished if he got rid of his RECORD COLLECTION and moved onto DIGITAL MP3s like the rest of the US. I understand some people like vinyl for its retro feel and are even happy with the authentic scratchy sounds while you are playing music - but let's be reasonable when you have such limited square footage!

*I think this storage cube is about the size of half my apartment so I am using his "small space" with an asterisk. I also have no idea how you could ever move this anywhere else, so perhaps this is a permanent piece of furniture in the apartment. 

Friday, August 16, 2013

This is my dream

Oh my god, look what I found in the interwebs... An apartment with a suspended bedroom! All your space problems are solved! I want to live here.

(PS they have also used chalkboard paint in an AMAZING way)

Well, not technically ALL your problems, but this is a very creative way to open up space in a small-ish apartment. I remember seeing a dorm room when I was about 12 years old and the girls had suspended their beds from the ceiling which made so much extra room in the tiny dorm! It's always stuck with me, since it is still the only dorm I've ever seen where they actually implemented that solution. I am surprised the beds actually stayed up (considering the shoddy carpentry jobs I've seen in some dorms) but apparently they never had any problems. This is the more grown up version, and I love how much light the apartment gets too - all the light coloring really helps open up the space and create a neutral yet pleasant atmosphere. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


Ah, technology. So useful yet so many power outlets needed to keep everything charged. If you're anything like me, you are a slave to Apple and feel this way about owning their products. Cut to this awesome "filing" system that let's you charge all your devices with only one power outlet (!)

It's like a new-wave filing cabinet, but instead of files there are expensive tablets, Ipods and Iphones that are making sure all 10,000 photos of my cat are safe and stored up in the cloud somewhere. I find that this day in age, there are just NEVER enough outlets for anything, so this device certainly helps keep everything orderly and reduces the amount of extension cords/outlet adapters you need to stick in every wall outlet around your place. Now if only they could make the batteries last longer so less charging is necessary.....

Monday, August 5, 2013

The 2-for-1

So on one of my daily scrolls through Pinterest, I came across this ingenious little space-saving container you can easily make with a glass jar and a votive candle holder:

I love finding cute, easy DIY bathroom space savers. Since I unfortunately have an addiction to beauty products, my bathroom space tends to be on the clutter-y side. Let's say I find a really awesome product suggested in Lucky magazine, here is my usual routine: I visit Sephora 5 times to look at it, go back and forth wether I NEED it, finally decide it NEEDS to live in my bathroom and will obviously be life changing, and I plunk down the dough for whatever I've deemed appropriate to add to my roster. Then after about 2 weeks, I'm like "Super expensive mascara, blech, you are no longer working! I need a new one!!"And the cycle begins again. 

Little changes like adding the above storage jar make the bathroom a more aesthetic and simple space. It is especially conducive to makeup experiments gone awry or just easily letting you know if you have enough cotton balls on hand to take off the 5 pounds of eye make up you used for that fun wedding you went to last weekend. Who would have thought that an eggplant-based-smoky-eye-with-sparkly-glitter would turn into 25 black cotton balls thrown haphazardly into the trash at the end of the evening? At least they made it into the basket.