Monday, September 15, 2014

Rubiks Cube of Sofas

OMG, we are moving to a bigger place.

Whoa, whoa...What???!!!!

It's not that much bigger, however it does have a second bedroom so I am psyched about that. Not that having Ryan in the room with us is bad, it's just that sneaking into your own bedroom with flashlights for a full year and waking every time he moves around has been pretty depleting to my sleep. Man, little babies make a lot of noises while they are dreaming about boobs.

We will not be buying much new furniture, but we will be needing a new couch at some point. OURS IN COVERED IN BABY DROOL AND SPILLED STUFF.  Whatevs, it's what happens when you have a tiny person who can't control their heads suddenly move in with you. I am coveting this as its replacement:

A modular sofa

Its arms become adorable additional seating

I mean seriously, how awesome is this? I am curious how comfortable it is to lean against when all the pieces are together, and if there are any notches that lets it kind of snuggle together and not move apart when there is weight on it, but I would love this for a small space. Then you could get a total is 5 PEOPLE to be able to sit in your place. It would be like an auditorium!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

You can stand under my umbrell.. bike?

Holy crap, this incredible bike that folds to the size of an umbrella has been invented which makes me consider taking up biking... but probably not.

With this in your apartment, you could feasibly have like 30 bikes in your apartment and it wouldn't even take up more space than a large laundry basket. Neat!

Monday, June 2, 2014

The Rubik's Cube of apartments

So here is an invention that is really helpful for all those tiny apartment dwellers who want to be able to afford rent AND food but also want to be able to move around their space. This is more difficult than you think. Try having a dinner party with 6 people and 2 chairs, it just ain't happening.

ANYWAY, this piece of furniture is supposed to store a lot of your stuff (bed, desk, etc) and be mobile so you can push it around your apartment to where you need. This is awesome, unfortunately it wouldn't work in mine - NYC apartments tend to be long and skinny (so do the bars) and roomy, boxy apartments (aka FRIENDS) are hard to come by. I highly encourage you to watch the video, the dance party at the end is my favorite. Also, you may feel like getting this just to pretend you are a wizard.

Luckily MY toilet and shower aren't out in the open like this

Small apartment entertaining - maxes out at 6 people

Friday, March 28, 2014

"Swiss Army" Apartment

Whoa, so there is this tiny apartment down in SoHo on the market for a cool $1,000,000, not so bad for NYC sadly. What's so special about it? It is a 420 square foot space that has been remodeled (of course) with that cool Italian furniture I've blogged about that is awesome and space saving. Using the furniture, the apartment can be converted into a guest room, has a pull down projector and moving walls. This place is ridiculous:

The owner, Graham Hill, converted this loft style apartment and spent $365,000 on the renovations. While I am in awe of what they were able to do with the space, there is absolutely no clutter in this place and its making me mad. I understand living with less stuff = more happiness (according to Graham) and I'm all for a minimalist style, but seriously? Try having a baby - babies are small, their stuff is not. We don't even have that much stuff for him, yet the goddamn swing & Jumperoo take up half our floor space and he doesn't even use them that often. I would also like to know where he puts his clothes, files and dishes.

However, if I were a single lady and wanted to live in a cool downtown loft that lives like a two bedroom, sign me up for this place! Maybe I could make it into a bed & breakfast to cover the cost of the maintenance fees...

Thursday, March 13, 2014

No counters = the new kitchen fad?

Oh,, I get that you are trying to show some minimal kitchen ideas, however, have you ever tried to prepare a meal that is more than pasta + hot water in a kitchen with no counter space? It is VERY tricky my friend, and I highly suggest nobody try it. Lots of muttering, grumbling and swearing ensues, along with half the tomatoes that have to be thrown out because they fell off the counter while you made space for the toasted baguette that came out of the oven since you have no room for a toaster oven. The minimal kitchens shown have TONS of space and just don't need a tiny island that they are calling the kitchen Rubik's Cube. If you want to downsize, keep your kitchen space simple with some of these space savers:

The lucky peeps who have vertical space, I love a rolling ladder which is helpful for keeping things out of reach but accessible. 

If you can afford to install a state of the art kitchen spread, this built in stove top (although I don't see an oven) is very helpful and I love the backsplash! (Notice a rolling ladder would come in handy to grab those pots)

This mini fridge is an obvious space saver, but I love the look of the baskets (crates?) under the counter. I don't think this is used as the full, regular kitchen, I think this is just a studio space that is used during the day so they don't have an oven and don't need a real fridge/freezer. 

And my ultimate recommendation for a kitchen space saver is a rolling cart. It has SO MANY purposes and can be wheeled around as needed. Hopefully there is a little space in the kitchen where this can live while not in use, otherwise it is a space killer rather than saver. However, we looked at some real-grown-up-people-who-don't-taste-wine-and-make-jokes-all-day houses a few weeks ago and one of them had an adorable modern kitchen that I wanted to cook in immediately - it wasn't huge, but they had an "island" in the middle which seemed odd for the small space... until the realtor pointed out that it was on wheels and it was a game changer. 

Sunday, February 23, 2014


How many times have you had one of those never ending days at work and you can't wait for happy hour and you get to the bar and it's crowded, your feet hurt, the bartenders are super busy, your friend is gossiping about that show you watch but didn't catch the last episode and WHAT IS IT GOING TO TAKE TO GET ONE BEER AROUND HERE and then you finally get a seat at the bar and you reach under only to find a tiny little hook where you can hang your purse instead of putting it on the dirty floor... and all is better!

Well, this is how I feel when I see this laundry room:

Laundry is my least favorite chore, so it has been assigned to Bill since we can no longer afford to have it washed and folded by the nice Chinese lady down the street. However, I'm sure I will have to do it again someday, and in a room like this would be nice. These hooks are ingenious, especially in the room where all the clothes magically get clean and hanging is a necessity. I also like the cute white stripe which is all "I know, let's put all the hooks here!" and adds just enough whimsy to keep the room interesting. However, keeping all the wire hangers out of the place is another story. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Buzzfeed is all about small apartments (part 1)

Alright, big apologies for lagging in my posts!! New baby, winter blues and getting back into the swing of things at work have been taking up my time. Did I mention that we moved to a slightly larger apartment when the baby arrived? Actually, we tried to beat his arrival and ended up moving THE SAME WEEKEND he made his appearance, so it was fantastic timing. I think it was worth it though, because with the new apartment comes a dishwasher, a back yard, an ATTIC space and we're right next to laundry... It also comes with electric heat and a weird jacuzzi bathtub that has no shower, so it's a give and take. It is also still a one bedroom, so even if the baby sleeps through the night (which is amazing!!) I still usually hear his sleep screams and so I look forward to a future with a separate nursery.

The Screamapillar - "I should hear sleep screams!*"

ANYWAY, I received a few links to this amazing Buzzfeed article about insanely great things for small apartments and so naturally I had to do a round up of the ideas. There are a lot of great things on this list, so I'm splitting up the list into different posts and including my faves that I will be implementing ASAP.

The vertical wine rack

Everyone knows that wine racks take up a ton of space, but are a total necessity no matter how small your apartment is. We have actually had one of these for a long time, although on ours the bottles slide all the way through the center so it only holds about 5. It does take up much less space then a traditional wine rack, so if you can find one that holds 8, I say go for it... One that holds 16 would be even better. 

Slide out spice rack

I am going to order one of these tomorrow. I had the magnetic spice rack in our old apartment, which I loved, but it doesn't fit in our new kitchen, so now I have all my spices in a humble jumble taking up precious cupboard space. This looks like it easily fits in most cupboards and more importantly you can see all the spices without having to move every single one every time you are looking for the parsley. Why is it that every spice I need is always blocked by celery seed????

Under cabinet knife drawer

If you can't find a way to scrounge up for this knife set, this under-cabinet knife storage is fantastic. It hides the knives away so you don't have to look at them, but is easily accessible to where you do the most chopping. I would consider this an add on if you ever design your own kitchen, but I thought it was such a good idea that I had to include it. You might not want to put this kind of effort into a rental apartment, but if you do enough cooking, and have a limited counter space, it might be worth it. 

The couch arm wrap

I think this invention is absolutely BRILLIANT and frees up a lot of space if you don't want a coffee table in the way of your living room/dance floor/baby play pen. Many people use collapsible trays in lieu of coffee tables to save space, and this little contraption makes it so much easier to have a drink with no table... I mean really, this is one of those "why didn't I think of that???" And on Etsy, these are going for anywhere between $65 and $230, so if you are crafty and have access to a jigsaw/wood glue, you could probably make one yourself. Oh, but you're lazy like me? Find one ready-to-buy here

*What???? You aren't familiar with this character? Then you clearly aren't as obsessed with the Simpsons as Bill and haven't memorized every episode ever made. Seriously, I have no idea how he can fit all the sports trivia, Seinfeld quotes, Simpsons episodes, Harry Potter plot lines AND still have room to remember family members birthdays. I will make a pie chart of what I imagine his brain to be full of and post it next time. 

Monday, January 13, 2014

San Francisco studios are clearly amazing

The author of this article has obviously never seen a NYC studio. To call this "small" is like referring to Versailles as "a spacious and comfortable abode." Although yes, it is small in square feet, it has huge open windows and a nice rectangular floor plan where you can actually walk around and not bump into every piece of furniture in it. If I lived by myself, I would kill for a studio like this in Manhattan. IT IS ADORABLE. It doesn't hurt that the renter decorated it in a quirky yet chic style. A few years ago, a friend lived on the UWS in a studio - it was literally a sliver of a place that fit roughly 1.5 persons inside. She was, however, able to fit a small kitchen/dining room table which I have never been able to do. We would eat pasta and drink wine while complaining about work or gossiping about what happened on Lost the night before... It was a nice change to eat meals not hunched over the coffee table.

First of all, look at that closet. YOU CAN WALK INTO IT. There is a dresser INSIDE of it. I don't even have that much closet space and my bedroom is about the size of this entire studio. Only in my dreams will I ever have a walk in closet especially now that everything is covered in baby stuff. The bureau/tv stand alone makes up for the possibility of junk strewn around... Just hide it in the dresser!

I like the fact that this person uses a see-through coffee to open the room... I do not however, support the stacks of magazines underneath - even if they are topped with cute sculptures. Precious real estate covered in piles of mags - yikes!

This little area is so nice for the bed... it's out of the way and you could add a screen to give it a more "bedroomy" feel. SO MANY WINDOWS that overlook trees. SF you are on my bucket list of places to live!*

*let's just lose the possibility of the superquake or whatever will destroy the city within the next 5-10 years, depending on which History Channel special you watch