Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
I am in love with this picture. Sometimes pics of furniture can be so sterile, but I love the sea green of the wall, the dark, rich wood, and the contrasting clean white of the "e," the laptop, and the chair. I'd be ready to move right into this room as-is, even if it meant changing my name to Emone.
The focus of the gorgeous scene is the shelf/desk on the wall. Featured by Dornob, the shelf is called the "Ledge" and is by UrbanCase. It's absolutely perfect for a small space: it takes up no room on the floor, it provides storage (there's a drawer on the left side) and a worktop (plus the secretary-like pull-out tray), and when it's all closed up its sleek lines give it a clean and uncluttered look.
The Ledge also comes in red, and can be used for other purposes, too. As you can see above, it can be used as a shelf for peripherals underneath a wall-mounted TV, or as a mini-DJ station with a cleverly stored record player. Put your booze and bar tools on the top, and you'd be ready to host a party off of your lil' Ledge.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
The Strobels in their Spartan but happy home. (Photo by Leah Nash for the New York Times)
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
My apartment back then was certainly tiny, but we were able to fit that behemoth sofa in there somehow. Yet now that I know that sleeper chairs exist, I don't think I'll ever put myself through that kind of struggle again.
Just as Erin at Unclutterer posted this awesome entry about sleeper chairs, I got a comment on a previous entry asking about them. yeyejoijoi said that they were "looking for a small, comfortable, makes-into-a-bed-but-not-a-futon alternative. Then it would be multipurpose and the guilt would be relieved. Right?" Right!
My suggestion to yeyejoijoi was this piece from JC Penny's home furnishings; I'd actually been considering it myself.
These babies are on sale right now; some models have been marked down to $499 from their original price of $1,399. (Yeah -- big difference!)
IKEA also has a few offerings for smaller-than-sofa sleepers. Their HAGALUND is a loveseat sleeper that has storage space under the seat, and the PS LÖVÅS is super-affordable with a base price of $209. They also have cute slipcovers to change up the look and make it seem a little less like a sleeper.
Over at Unclutterer, Erin covers many more cute and non-gigantic options. My favorite is the Vincent twin sleeper from CB2. It's a bit more costly, but looks sleek and modern.
Check out the Unclutterer entry for more single sleepers.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
I have no idea how a grown human can use this teensy weensy bathroom. Everything in here is tiny. The sink is the size of a child's shoe and the mirror over the sink is the size of a Pop-Tart. If we were in the roaring '20s, fun-loving collegiates would see how many people they could squish in here for fun. Clark Kent would use this bathroom to change into Superman.Check out the rest at Shmitten Kitten, and be sure to catch the other "funny-'cause-it's-true" "Things In His House That Make Me Sad" entries, which chronicle the... interesting choices guys tend to make in their bachelor pads. Oh, gurl. Been there, seen that.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Breeze set out to use a "neutral high contrast palette with pops of color," and subsequently realized she used Swedish colors. IKEA: taking over your home, and now your subconscious.
There are "equine chic" (Jovanna's term) touches all over the apartment, like these Apaloosa photographs. As a girl who preferred Breyer horses to Barbies myself, I really dig it.
The combination of a natural jute rug (which Breeze testifies is really soft) with a modern tulip table and ghost chairs is unexpected, but keeps things interesting.
Though the shape and shine of the tiles in the kitchen is also modern, the ocean colors (inspired by the ladies' Hawaiian home) work to bring a nature-inspired serenity to the space. (And I love the eye chart on the wall!)
That's one slick-looking fridge, and you know I love the "Keep Calm." The bright red of the print almost belies its message, especially when in such mellow surroundings.
More horsies! Apparently, Jovanna insisted that Breeze emphasize the one with the horse licking his lips. (Photography by Tim Flach.)
Yep, 34 floors up is pretty damn high, and you can really tell through these floor-to-ceiling windows. And apparently the windows can open! Eeep! *Backs away slowly.*
Jovanna and her boyfriend Dylan are a lucky couple: an amazing designer sister, a gorgeous brand-new pad, and they're pretty dang cute themselves. These days, Breeze is working on a bid to turn the 100,000 square foot abandoned streetcar station underneath Dupont Circle into a community-based art and design center. Not exactly a tiny-ass space, but Breeze has shown she's more than capable of handling the small. Check out the project's website here. And for more information on Breeze herself, check out her website at www.breezegiannasio.com. With projects like the Dupont Circle center and this studio, Breeze clearly knows her way around spaces great and small -- definitely a winning combination.
Monday, August 9, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
After days of packing, loading, cleaning, unloading, unpacking, more cleaning... I am finally settled in back home in the Bay Area! The weather is GORGEOUS, and it feels so good to be back! I'll miss my Los Angeles friends (and my old tiny-ass apartment too, of course!), but I'm looking forward to new adventures in my favorite city. (Don't call it 'Frisco!)
Regular posting should resume next week. :-)
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
As always, design clearinghouse Apartment Therapy is all over this one. The pic above is from a reader who shared his "pop-up" balcony dining area (The Amazing, Teeny-Tiny Pop-Up Balcony). The tables and benches fold up when you need space -- and also eliminates the possibility of knocking a chair or table over the railing. AT's also got a ton of links and inspiration for ya. You know how much I like "thinking up," and that applies to outdoor spaces as well. I love their tips about using shoe racks to hold potted plants, building a lattice for plants to crawl up, and using wall-mounted plant containers.
10 Ideas for Tiny Balconies
Making the Most of a Small Outdoor Space
10 International Outdoor Spaces
And if you've got the space, you've gotta take full advantage of it! Channel your inner caveman and cook some meat over fire! (Sort of related: there are tons of food trucks here in Los Angeles, which park in various spots around the city, announce their presence via Twitter, and offer really well-made food. My favorite truck, based on name alone, is the Metallica-themed "Grill 'Em All.") Once again, Apartment Therapy is on the ball, offering a roundup of "Mini Grills for Urban Barbecues."
Though the grills in the roundup are pretty sweet, this next one turns it up to eleven. (Which is one more than ten, innit?) Unclutterer found this amazing grill by the French company Focus. It freakin' folds into the wall when not in use. The site says that the metal dish affixed to the wall prevents any smoke from damaging the wall, but still... Make sure the coals are cool before folding up.
Friday, July 2, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Lovely Undergrad has been around in one form or another since March 2009, with the stated goal of "making sure that these really are some of the 'best years' of your life. There will be lots of ideas and inspiration for turning your cinder-block box of a dorm or shabby apartment into a comfortable, functional, and beautiful living space. Plus, you'll find stuff about fashion, beauty, scholarly success, going green, and diy-projects."
LU is run by Jessica, a 21-year-old junior in college who obviously has a great eye for design. (She collects vintage typewriters! Love!)
LU's most recent post touches on a topic that's always irked me as well: retailers, movies, and TV shows trying to pass off huge, spacious suits as "dorms," when we all know what a dorm really looks like. The images above and below both feature real dorms, which can still be inspiring and beautiful. But even if a dorm is just a mock-up, it doesn't mean that we can't take inspiration from it and apply it to our own lives.
I'm glad to have found Jessica's site. After all, after living in the dorms, what's next? That's right: living in a tiny-ass apartment.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
I long for the day when I can wallpaper my home, whether it's in the traditional style or in renter-friendly style like the tip above or with temporary wallpaper. My current building managers are, shall we say, a little uptight? I'm terrified of putting up temporary wallpaper because I know they'll pitch a fit, even if I explain to them that methods like the one from Lonny or temporary wallpaper are designed to be non-damaging. I was having heart palpitations putting starched fabric on the walls, but they haven't been inside my apartment since I did it, and I'm leaving in a month now anyway. I'd heard horror stories from my neighbors; one said she painted her walls, expecting to just lose her deposit when she moved out, but instead the managers brought down the hammer and said she needed to repaint it to white immediately or they'd evict her. Yikes. People like that, who make turning your apartment into a home, frustrate me to no end. I won't be sorry to leave those buzzkills behind!
Via Oh Joy! and Lonny Magazine.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Definitely NOT the "Groove Tube."