This past May I moved from Denver to Detroit. It was a crazy huge change and I knew that finding a home I LOVED was at the top of my priority list. Finding an amazing space, that allowed dogs proved to be quite challenging. However, after scouring high and low this six hundred square feet of goodness has turned into one of my favorite places in this new city, and that’s saying something because I’m definitely not a homebody. Our apartment is above a restaurant, next to two other small units, in a cute little downtown area. And, yes, I can smell pizza as I walk up the stairs. It’s a serious problem. Anyways, super excited to be sharing how we got creative with the space and made it our own!
Think Shelves Not Cupboards
Since we were limited on storage we decided to go for an open concept in the kitchen and store all of our dishes on these amazing $15 IKEA shelves. Hanging pots and pans also frees up cupboard space and adds character. Shelves also eliminate unnecessary items being on the counters because we have the cupboard space to store things we don’t use all the time instead of leaving them out (think blender, toaster, waffle maker, etc.).
Coffee or Bar Cart
Again, since we were limited on cupboard space and because I LOVE coffee so much I knew I wanted to do a coffee cart. This cart is from IKEA and was only $30. Daniel had the bright idea of turning the top shelf upside down so we could easily get the coffee carafe out of the pot without hitting the inside edge of the shelf. We hung mugs above the shelf to again keep everything off the counters.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Our bathroom is tiny but has plenty of height. We used this white IKEA floating shelf to store pharmaceutical items, toilet paper and towels. If you look up it looks great but it’s not prominent or the center of focus. I love when things look nice but are also practical so that’s definitely something I was going for.
Never Underestimate the Power of a Shoebox
I read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up two months ago and it may be one of my favorite books to date. If that doesn’t tell you something about my personality, I don’t know what does! Anyways, the author says that everyone is asking her for the latest and greatest in storage and she said not to spend money on it and that she uses shoe boxes and lids. My mind was blown. I adopted her philosophy and it’s worked like a charm.
More on that to come next month here at RG!
Think Outside the Box
I think it’s easy to go to IKEA or Target and see a great closet storage bin and think “Oh, I love that!” but then not have a need for it. However, it’s important to remember that just because something says “closet” or “kitchen” or whatever room doesn’t mean you couldn’t use it for something totally different. As I mentioned before our bathroom is tiny but has a lot of height. Daniel saw this CD storage rack at IKEA and immediately had the idea of putting it in our bathroom. DUH! It fits perfectly in the eight inches of space we had between the toilet and sink. We also made our own nightstands out of cinder blocks, yes cinder blocks. Get creative! Pinterest has a ton of ideas, flip through magazines or hold off on buying something as long as you can. I knew I wasn’t going to spend a ton of money on furniture for a temporary space and then we found this cinder block idea. It went perfectly with our urban feel and cost less than $10 a “nightstand.”
I’ve been learning a lot of lessons lately but one of the big ones is that I truly don’t need a lot of space or things to be happy. Whether you live in an apartment, old home, new home, trailer, or your mom’s basement take some steps to spruce up your living space. Never underestimate what you may find at garage sales, the thrift store, IKEA 'As Is' section, Target clearance, or hand me downs from friends. You don’t have to spend a fortune to create a space you love. It all starts from the inside, so gather some positive energy and I’m sure the ideas will start flowing!