Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hung Up: Doubling your closet space with clever clothes hangers

If your apartment is the size of a walk-in closet, well, you can forget about having an actual walk-in closet. Finding enough space for your wardrobe can be a challenge, but these clever clothes hangers can maximize what you've got.

The newest hanger on the scene comes from designer Ivan Zhang, who has totally reimagined what a hanger can be. Zhang's design, the Hanger' (yes, the apostrophe is supposed to be there; his studio is named A’postrophe so what do you expect?) can actually change shape as needed. It flexes and twists, then snaps in place to turn a single-garment hanger into one that can accommodate two or more. See it in action over at Wired. (Thanks for the heads up, Trey!)

Beyond Zhang's cutting-edge creation, your average Container Store and Target carry their fair share of space-saving hangers. Above, Apartment Therapy rounds up some of their favorites. I'm pretty partial #6, the velvet-covered slim "huggable" hangers: they take up less horizontal space than wooden hangers, and the texture keeps garments from sliding off.

If you don't want to spend the money to replace your existing hangers, a few household items can unlock the unused space in your closet. You can use the pop-top tabs from soda cans to hook a second hanger onto the first, or you can use a chain to "stack" your hangers vertically.

In other news, I did an interview with Floor Coverings International about design, blogging, and how I got into both. I don't have a formal background in interior design, but through related studies and experience, a longtime enthusiasm for design, and the necessity of pulling together my own tiny homes, I've really come to love and embrace the design and blogging communities that Venn Diagram each other. (Oh yeah, I just made up my own transitive verb.) Check the link for the full interview!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Links roundup: overlooked storage, inspirational tiny houses, studio living tips, and out-of-the-box DIY ideas!

Better Homes and Gardens: 13 Storage Spaces You're Overlooking

Living in a small apartment, you've probably already crammed every nook and cranny with your stuff. But have you missed a potential new storage spot? Some of Better Homes and Garden's tips are for those who can do a little renovation, but other suggestions, like behind the door or on a narrow wall, work for renters too.

CasaSugar: 12 Tiny Homes That Prove Small Is Beautiful

These architectural masterpieces demonstrate how cool and modern a tiny house can be. While the thought of owning one of these small wonders is still just a daydream for broke folk like me, CasaSugar's gorgeous gallery will have you drooling.

House Beautiful: Yes, 400 Square Feet Can Feel Spacious. Here's How.

It should come as no surprise that the head stylist for One Kings Lane can turn a "big white box" of a studio into this banging pad. Andrew Stewart offers his tips for one-room living, including the brilliant idea of using your closet for palette inspiration. By looking at the clothes you already have and love, you'll easily see what colors you'll want in your home.

Real Simple: 10 DIY Home Decorating Tricks

Designer Michael Garvey has some truly out-there DIY ideas. He took a Sharpie and a ruler to his white couch to create a chic geometric print, and he covered his tabletop with duct tape for texture! Hell, if you've got cheap IKEA furniture, why NOT do something crazy with it? If you're wary of doodling on your furniture, Garvey offers more subtle tips, like placing a mirror on the wall and pushing your dining table against it to "double up your decor."
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