Home Office Ideas

Home Office Ideas for Small Spaces

As a couple with no children, my husband and I have almost always had a spare room to designate ‘the office,’ no matter how small our living quarters. Considering the future possibility of children or the need to move to a smaller apartment, I have often wondered what I would do to create an office space elsewhere. It seems odd …

Apartment Living: Enjoying Pets Without the Smell

Many pets adapt well to small homes and city living, becoming wonderful companions treated like members of the family. Nevertheless, they’re still animals, and develop odors quickly (unless you own a chinchilla – rumor has it they don’t smell). Being confined to a small space essentially amplifies even slight pet odors and makes them hard to hide. Nobody wants to …

Book Storage

6 Creative Small-Space Solutions for Books and Media

Book, music, and movie lovers would agree that one of the hardest things about living in a small space is the necessity of downsizing their beloved collections. Preliminary downsizing is easy: wean out the duplicates, outdated formats (VHS, anyone?), and titles you don’t like. But when you’ve trimmed down your books and still have ten boxes, or eliminated movies and …

Best Apartment Pets

Choosing the Best Pet for Apartment Life

Studies show that pet owners have lower blood pressure, fewer cases of depression, and overall better health than the rest of the population – testimony to the therapeutic power of animals, and reason enough to start scouring the ‘free to a good home’ ads. Choosing which pet is best for you should always be a deliberate and well-researched decision since …

Best Indoor Plants

The Best Indoor Plants for Small Spaces

One of the best ways to liven up your home is with a lush, beautiful houseplant. In addition to making your space look refreshed, most plants will actually improve the quality of the air in your home. Even if you don’t have a lot of space to spare, there are still many types of plants to fit your aesthetic, the …

Entertaining in Small Spaces

Entertaining in Small Spaces

When it comes to hosting parties, I’m guilty of playing the ‘my apartment is too small’ card just as much as anyone. In reality, the few times I’ve hosted dinner parties in small houses or apartments have proven that’s not actually true. Everything worked out just fine, and – most importantly – everyone had a great time. A lack of …

Dreaming Big While Living Small

Dreaming Big While Living Small

How to Use Your Apartment as a Tool for Future Success Your apartment is your home, your sanctuary. And for those currently living in small apartments but hosting big goals and ambitions, your apartment should also be a space to help you achieve them. At the very least, look at your small apartment not as a pit stop, but as …

Space Saving Kitchen Ideas

Space Saving Ideas for Your Kitchen

The kitchen tends to get neglected. Everyone wants a big living room or a large bedroom or a walk-in closet. Meanwhile, the kitchen is the smallest space in your home. Luckily there are many ways to work with a small kitchen that don’t involve an entire remodel. Before we start saving space in the kitchen, we need to prioritize and …

3 Misperceptions of Minimalism in Decor

3 Misperceptions of Minimalism in Decor

The term ‘minimalism’ can mean different things to different people, depending on individual perception, observation, and experience. For some, it’s an entire lifestyle of living with less to alleviate stress, live frugally, and focus on more important values than possessions. For others, it might mean a particular style applied to their interior decorating strategy in order to make the most …

Two Rooms From One

Stylish Tips for Creating Two Rooms from One

If you have ever lived in a studio apartment, you are familiar with a 400-500 square foot space. Often times, that space is one large room that is intended to house the bedroom, the living room, and sometimes even the kitchen. Without any sort of division, the space can appear like a room full of furniture. But with some planning, …