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Boxbee: Simple Urban Storage Delivered at Your Door


Many urban apartments and condos lack closets and storage space. Nobody wants overcrowded closets or filling their small spaces with large storage units. And for many people, renting a locker would be a waste since it will be almost empty. Boxbee is a startup from San Francisco that offers a storage alternative for those city residents. It provides a hassle-free solution for storing out-of-season things and other things that you rarely use. Continue Reading


Three Sofas for Small Spaces

elise sofa at eq3

Here are three stylish sofas for Canadian city dwellers. These sofas look great and they will not overwhelmed your space.

Option 1: Elise Sofa

elise sofa at eq3
EQ3 just added Elise to its sofa collection. If you order this vintage style apartment sofa online, you will get a choice of 3 colours (taupe, charcoal and linen) and two leg types. Elise Sofa $1,199 CAD at EQ3

On a design note, I like the color accents brought by these simple solid cushions.

Option 2: Vaughn Apartment Sofa

vaughn apartment sofa at crate and barrel
My second option will also please fans of mid-century design that care for the environment. The Vaughn Apartment Sofa features a low extended back, slim track arms and an eco-friendly construction. $1,499 USD at Crate & Barrel. Check at your local store for the price in Canadian dollars.

Option 3: Cedric Loveseat

cedric loveseat at urban barn
Upholstered in a neutral soft grey fabric, my third suggestion features the tailored, masculine vibes that are in vogue this fall. Cedric Loveseat $849 CAD at Urban Barn. Your Union Jack pillows will fit well with this style.


Small Space Living: Staircase Storage

staircase bedroom drawers

staircase bedroom drawers

If you have a set of stairs in your home, chances are your small space isn’t as small as you think it is. That said, when you think about the “footprint” of a staircase, it’s easy to see wasted storage potential – particularly underneath.

Here are a few innovative ways that homeowners have re-claimed this typically underused space.

This staircase-bedroom combination shown on Home-Designing helps max out vertical space in a small New York apartment. The home owners created a guest bedroom and lounge area with an elevated sleeping area. The stairs themselves are actually drawers in disguise, providing plenty of storage for clothes and other essentials.

staircase shelves drawers storage

Likewise, this ladder/staircase hybrid crafted by Københavns Møbelsnedkeri / Copenhagen Joinery leads to a raised sleeping area in a child’s room. It’s a modern twist on bunkbeds, only here the stairs do double duty as shelves for toys and books, with even more storage in the build-in wardrobe.

Floating staircases may look contemporary, but they can also showcase contemporary clutter. Since they’re on wheels, these DIY storage units would be a great option for a finished basement/family room, providing easy access place to stash toys or seasonal items. Check out the complete builder’s plans from Workbench Magazine.


Small Space Living: Moses and Roman’s Closet Bedroom

Just because they’re little people, doesn’t mean they don’t come with a lot of stuff. That’s why this two-kid room – formerly just a closet in a one-bedroom apartment – is particularly amazing. Moses and Roman’s mom, Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day, paired down their room to a stylish, colourful space that any kid would love to be in.

kids room small space closet

She used the smartest small-space design trick in the book by using vertical space to create bunk beds that work for both children.

kids room small space closet

Bright linens and well-chosen toys and decor elements make what would be an otherwise cramped space cozy and inviting. The It’s Beautiful Here Coat Rack says it all.

See more of the closet’s evolution on Oh Happy Day.

+ Photos via Oh Happy Day


Office Desks for Two

office desk for two

desk for two :: as seen as merry mishap

A challenge for couples who live in a small spaces is the office. They often lack the space to put two desks. Since most people nowadays rely only on their laptops, an easy solution is a single long desk where you sit side by side. I scoured the Web and discovered 3 potential solutions for you.

One option is to custom built your desk. This is easy since what you basically need is a work surface and legs. You can find a wood desktop at a home improvement store or lumber store; they will cut it to your specifications. Then, simply apply 4 coats of a water-based wood finish like the Varathane Diamond Wood Finish. Ikea’s VIKA MOLIDEN legs will give you a similar look and feel.

desk for two

Or you may be lucky enough to find a tabletop that fits like a glove. This was the case of  the next couple. They simply had to assemble a 78″ tabletop and five VIKA FURUSUND legs that they bought at Ikea. As you can see there is plenty of space to put two iMac with big monitors.

besta burs desk combination

The last solution is the BESTÅ BURS desk or if you want some upper cabinet, the BESTÅ BURS workstation, also from Ikea.

+ Chalkboard DIY from A Merry Mishap
+ A Desk Transformation on Apartment Therapy – photo by Meg Lewis
+ VIKA MOLIDEN legs $15 CAD | At Ikea USA $15 USD
+ VIKA FURUSUND legs $10 CAD | At Ikea USA $10 USD
+ BESTÅ BURS desk from Ikea $299 CAD | At Ikea USA $249 USD
+ BESTÅ BURS desk combination $449 CAD | BESTÅ BURS workstation $349 USD


Small Spaces can be Spacious

gary chang's hidden bathroom and his kitchen on movable partitions

architect gary chang\'s movable walls in his Hong Kong apartment

We are used to living in spacious rooms in North America. When I traveled to Japan, I noticed how lucky we are. But this does not mean that people who live in tiny condos have to give up on living well in their limited space. One architect who certainly demonstrated that you can accomplish a lot in a tiny apartment is Gary Chang.

gary chang\'s hidden bathroom and his kitchen on movable partitions

Gary lived in Hong Kong. He totally reinvented the 344-square-foot apartment where he grew up. His secret weapon for maximizing space is a clever system of sliding walls. Each movable partition reveals storage units, or the kitchen or a luxurious bathtub. Overall, he created 24 configurations for his small apartment.

architect gary chang designed his own hydraulic murphy bed

His creative design shows us that it pays to think outside the box. Watch this video for a tour of Gary Chang’s apartment.

+ floor plan on the New York Times – photography: Marcel Lam, see more photos


Play on scale | 3 blogs and a mood board – 2007.10.22 edition

Play on scale: 3 blogs and a mood board - 2007.10.22 edition

What caught my eyes for my weekly review of last week blogosphere are the miniatures and the contrasting illusions.

Sometimes, we wish to have guests over for a huge cocktail party but there is no specific occasion. To make that night special, why not design your own little exposition?

It does not have to be miniatures; you can showcase things you collect or your travel souvenirs. The idea is to have something to occupy your guests for a while and to break the ice.

1 | Apartment Therapy NYC

Lori Nix is artist that likes to take pictures on disaster set miniatures. I always have been fascinated by miniatures. I recalled when I was ten and I saw the huge animated Town of Tomorrow miniatures at Disneyland. I did not want to leave. Apartment Therapy shares interesting facts on their The Gallery: Lori Nix post.

2 | Emmas designblogg

I really enjoyed the view of the clear glass bottle grouping. If you can take the most utilitarian items, then the sum can be greater than the part. You simply need to neatly display multiples on a shelf. I took the inspiration shot from her Friday Flickr Favourites.

3 | Poppy Talk

It’s twice this month for Poppy Talk. In large+small, she spotlighted an interiors trend from the October 2007 issue of Living etc. This trend is about contrast. On play on scale, Living etc gave tips on how to create your own miniature or oversized kingdom for the pleasure of daydreaming.

You will be able to read the article from their Web site. On one photo shoot, Living etc captured the Alice in the Wonderland universe by putting a gigantic tea cup on the kitchen table and an oversized ruler as an adult height chart.

You could have a party where every guest has to bring their own small world and share their creation with everybody else. To make your party more cohesive, select a common theme that can be anything you fancy.

Learn more: Web site of Lori Nix
Learn more: Play on scale article on Living etc Magazine