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Inspiring Small Homes

May 12, 2011 at 12:37 pm , by

4da0006a32704a4aa7000003._h.500_w.540_s.fit_No matter what size your home, most people have trouble finding room for all of their belongings. That’s especially true here in NYC, where many apartments lack closets (or are, in fact, the size of most closets). Don’t believe me? Check out this controversial 78 square foot abode that was entered in Apartment Therapy’s Small Cool contest.

Since I just moved earlier this month after six years in the same apartment, I especially enjoyed browsing through the entries looking for ideas. My new place has a bit of a storage challenge (only one closet, but the super-high ceilings make up for it). I already managed to get rid of quite a bit and pare down before the move, but it will definitely take me some time to find a “home” for everything. This time around I plan to be much more thoughtful, and slowly acquire furniture that I really love and works in my space. I’m hoping to live by that old William Morris quote, “Have nothing in your house that you don’t know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”

That’s why it’s so great to see other people’s ingenious small space planning and decorating tricks. The Small Cool contest winner, Jordan, whose living room is pictured above, was just announced Monday, and her apartment totally embodies that quote. Here, a few things you can learn from her. Read more

What’s Your Favorite Home Blog?

February 2, 2011 at 2:46 pm , by

There are so many great home design blogs out there—and new ones starting up every day. I personally love being able to see how real people are decorating and renovating their own homes, on a regular person’s budget. If you’re looking for some new ones to follow, check out Apartment Therapy‘s annual Homie Awards. Readers nominate their favorite blogs of the year, and then they put the top contenders up for a vote. I hadn’t heard of most of those on the list, so I’m bookmarking them for future reading! Check out the full list of nominees here and vote for your favorite (voting closes tomorrow). Are there any other home-related blogs that are must-reads? Let me know in the comments.

Find Decorating Inspiration Online

November 10, 2010 at 12:20 pm , by

Whenever I feel like my apartment needs a change—which, I’ll admit, happens pretty often—I always turn to home décor websites for inspiration. The beautiful photos and products always give me great ideas that I can reinvent to fit my space and style. There are dozens of sites to choose from, and sifting through all the options can be overwhelming. To get you started, here are several of my tried-and-true favorites:

Apartment Therapy

ApartmentTherapy.com provides a mix of house tours, product guides, and decorating and entertaining tips (the House Tours are my favorite: there’s something so cool about getting a peek into people’s homes, especially because they’re usually incredibly stylish). Apartment Therapy readers are a passionate crowd, so the Comments section on almost every post provides a second level of content that’s great for finding new ideas. And posts are added continually throughout the day, meaning there’s something new to read every time you visit. Read more