My husband, our two kids, our pup, and I had a lot of adjusting to do when we scaled down from a 2000-square-foot, two-story home, to a 300-square-foot gooseneck trailer. After a year of researching, we felt prepared to purge our stuff and find a tiny house for our family, but there was a lot that we had to get used to that we didn't expect. While I don't regret downsizing at all—in fact, I love it!- these are the eight things I wish I'd known before my family and I said yes to tiny living:
So, let's get straight to the point: moving is the task from hell that absolutely no one wants to do. Now that we've gotten that established, it appears that a very observant pair of designers has decided to capitalize off the world's collective loathing of lugging personal belongings from one location to the next. Enter Möbel: a foldable chair that's both easy to assemble and move.
Name: Jenee Yuen Location: San Francisco, California Size: 400 square feet (maybe a little larger?) Years Lived In: 8 years, renting
One of the fun things about living in an old San Francisco apartment is that sometimes, depending on your particular landlord, you get a little bit of creative control to "adjust" your living space as you see fit. Jenee did just that when she took out the carpet in her living room and refinished the beautiful hardwood floors that were hiding underneath. It took Jenee hauling an industrial sander all the way up to her apartment, but the floor was restored to its original glory.
They hide your garbage, but that doesn't mean they have to be as unsightly as what's in them. While the most important thing to look for when shopping for a kitchen trash can is functionality, style doesn't have to be sacrificed. We rounded up our favorite design-friendly trash cans that are as stylish as they are functional, and come in at all price points, so you can take the bin out from under the sink and make it a real, functional part of your space.
Ah, the ever-reliable IKEA KALLAX: a timeless, affordable shelving unit that's available in a variety of sizes and colors and is useful for holding books, records, storage bins, objets d'art, snakes, and so much more. Yes, of course, snakes...
Tassels have been slowly taking over home decor Instagram accounts and magazine spreads, showing up everywhere from the ends of area rugs to the edges of blankets, and from door handles to tiered chandeliers. And the bolder and bigger you go, the more of a transformation it can create in your room. To give you some ideas for introducing the tassel trend into your own space, ahead are inspiring home decor ideas, along with product suggestions and DIY tutorials. Get ready to get your fringe on.
I know firsthand about the mythical "affordable housing" bandied about by almost every cash-strapped New Yorker. Six years after applying with my partner, I won an apartment in the NYC Affordable Housing Lottery—a unicorn most folks actually know little about.
Name:Mackenzie Schieck with cats Franklin and Louisa Location: Seattle, Washington Size: 1,000 square feet Years lived in: 1 year, renting
The trouble with being someone who loves to decorate is that you are never really done. But want to know the best part of being someone who loves to decorate? You're never really done—yay! Let's keep decorating until forever and live happily ever after! But, when you also happen to be an Apartment Therapy House Tour writer, it poses a legit issue: When will I be done enough to do a tour of my own place? So, saaayyy you moved in August of 2017. Maybe you'd be ready by November-ish? Yeah, November. (Or not.) Okay, maybe after the first of the year? That should work. (That didn't work.) March? (Again, no.)
I'm pretty lucky. My rental apartment has a large, cavernous pantry, which is a boon in the kitchen storage department. However, what it has in size, it lacks in efficiency. For all that space, there are only a few shelves (which tend to overflow with canned goods and foodstuffs) and the full-size refrigerator prevents me from adding in more. In an effort to boost my pantry's usefulness, I headed straight to the dollar store.
If you're one of the many people who suffer from stress and anxiety, one recent trend wants to weigh you down—in a good way. Weighted blankets have become all the rage for their ability to help stressed-out humans relax and drift off to sleep easier, but their added weight often means they're pricier than your average throw blanket. Thankfully, one popular brand—Gravity—is on sale for one day only.