One of the charms of apartment living (especially in an urban setting) is more often than not the place you find will be in an older building; rich with the architectural details of the past, but lacking the modern storage of today… like closets. Whether you have 300 or 500 square feet to work with there are creative and decorative solutions to your storage conundrums… Bedroom || A closet-less bedroom may seem like the biggest disadvantage of your new space, but there are stylish solutions! Splurge on a bed with built-in storage or if you already love your bed utilize the space underneath to store linens and other items that you don’t need immediate access to. Rather than an armoire, invest in a mirrored chiffarobe instead. It is typically smaller in scale and combines a hanging wardrobe with drawers for better organization. If you need additional space for your hanging wardrobe, get a novelty rolling rack and showcase the outfits you’ve chosen to wear for the week – one less decision to make in the morning! Living Area || In a room notorious for having the most furniture it’s important to find pieces that can perform double duty in order to conserve space and keep your place looking uncluttered. When shopping for cocktail tables opt for one that has hidden storage. Don’t have enough room for a media console? Use a decorative credenza instead! Consider a silhouette that has tall legs so you can fit decorative baskets or boxes underneath for additional storage. Bathroom || The smallest of spaces takes the greatest creativity. Go vertical! Add shelving above your toilet and beside your vanity if cabinet space is lacking. Utilize apothecary jars to store all of your toiletries decoratively and hide those eyesores like cleaning products or towels in small baskets beside your toilet! Kitchen + Dining || If you’re living in 500sq feet or less, this is probably one open space that leads into the living area too. A great way to partition the two spaces is with a small-scale island that has storage and will double as your dining table – just add stools! Is drawer space limited? Use adhesive hooks on the inside of your cabinet doors to hang utensils that cannot fit.
The popularity of platform beds is on the rise and for good reason - these gems offer plenty of benefits from functionality to style. Whether you rise above or keep it low, here are 5 reasons you should think outside the box…spring. Better Mattress || Since platform beds do not require a box spring you can invest in a better quality mattress or accommodating pillows. After all, your bed’s sole purpose is to rejuvenate you so comfort should be your main priority! Space Saver || Some platform beds feature integrated nightstands which is a practical and stylish space-saver for small space dwellers! Low Profile || Not all platform beds are high – in fact low-profile platform beds are increasingly more popular thanks to the rise of the hygge design trend. Not only will it give the illusion of taller ceilings, it is also a great option if your bed is placed in front of a window. Natural light will flood your space making you feel as though you were laying on an exotic cabana bed by the ocean. Clean Lines || Lovers of clean lines rejoice! A platform bed means no more fussing with those pesky bed skirts. Show off that beautiful frame by tucking your bed linens neatly under your mattress from top to bottom! Storage Solution || Many platform beds offer spacious drawers either on the side or at the foot of the bed. Store linens, seasonal clothing, or anything else you would like to rid your closet of. Some even feature open shelving which is great for storing books or a beautiful throw.
The most personal space in your home deserves the most personality and most thoughtful design. Transform your bedroom into a relaxation haven that is unique to you in three easy steps. Curated Color || Decide on a color palette that speaks to you. Creating a tranquil aura can be achieved with hues of blue, purple, and teal as they are known for encouraging sleep and relaxation. While warmer hues promote a lively environment and aren’t recommended for the bedroom, the colors that make you happy are best for your space. If you are uneasy about deciding on wall color entirely, give yourself a blank canvas to work with and choose white. Then you can add in pops of whatever colors you love with décor, furniture, and textiles and maybe even an accent wall! Just be sure the colors you choose harmonize into a calming overall look; cohesiveness is key. Optimized Organization || It is no secret that our surrounding environment has a direct impact on our moods. Keep your bedroom neat and organized with storage solutions that go beyond the norm. Many beds, including those with the super cozy tufted headboards, have side drawers under the bed or at the foot of the bed making them a perfect solution for small spaces. Have room to spare? Add a bench to the end of your bed that features hidden storage. Many ottomans have the same feature and come in great textures and colors that will truly elevate your space!   Thoughtful Details || Love to travel? Seek out some vintage suitcases, stack them beside your bed and voila! You have a nightstand and extra storage. Are you a bookworm? You can achieve the same look and functionality (minus the storage) by piling up some of your favorite oversized books. Spend your free time gardening? Create a garden wall by mounting a wooden pallet and decorating it with greenery and votive candles! Take time to curate a collection of décor that is truly unique to you and what you love.
Wood Maintenance These useful tips will help keep fine wood furniture looking good for years. Caring for Wood Furniture Polish wood furniture with the Peace of Mind polish at least four times a year to keep it moisturized and protected. Regular dusting with a soft cloth is recommended. Paper towels have a rough surface and can scratch wood surfaces. Surface scratches, burns and water marks are preventable. Using coasters, placemats, and table cloths will help protect wood finishes. A quality heat-resistant table pad is recommended. Apply protective felt pads to the feet of decorative objects and electronic equipment to prevent scratching and sticking. If a fifth center support leg is included with a new dresser, be sure that it is screwed in place to maintain structural integrity. Beds should be disassembled before moving. Lifting one side of the bed or dragging the bed to move it can break the rails, and/or the headboard and footboard. Understanding the Appearance of Wood Furniture Because wood is a natural product, color and grain variations, along with the appearance of natural characteristics is to be expected. Manufacturers often take great care to add "distressing" to a new piece of wood furniture. Common distressing techniques include filing down edges, adding nicks and holes to a surface, and rubbing paint finishes. Distressing lends a time- worn, aged look and great character to the piece. Often overlooked in the store, it's an intentional extra step taken to enhance the overall appearance. Color Change in Wood Exposure to natural light can cause wood surfaces to change color. Cherry will become noticeably darker; natural maple and birch will acquire a yellow patina. Some wood surfaces can fade in direct sunlight. If fading is a concern, covering the surface can help protect wood finishes. Tables and table leaves are an example of when color difference is most noticeable. If leaves are stored most of the year, and then ed for holiday gatherings, it can be expected that the color of the table and the leaves will be different, taking into consideration that the table has been exposed to more light than the leaves. Odors: The "New Smell" of Wood Most new furniture often has an odor. The odor is not harmful, and will dissipate in a short amount of time. Air out the room by opening doors and windows if possible to reduce the smell of the new furniture. Using dryer sheets, or coffee grinds in an open container, near the furniture can help neutralize any odors. Expansion and Contraction: Wood Furniture on the Move! Wood furniture constantly reacts to the humidity level in the environment. Increased humidity causes wood to expand; colder drier air causes wood to contract. In humid months, drawers might "stick" and open with resistance. During dry winter weather, wood contracts. Consequently, furniture can show gaps, especially where a table leaf fits into a table top, or around dresser drawers. Both of these issues are temporary. When moisture levels in the home stabilize, wood furniture will return to its regular appearance and performance. Leveling and Tightening Components As a house "settles", floors in the home can become uneven. This is mostly noticeable in hard surface flooring, like wood or tile. Armoires, TV cabinets and other wood furniture often have built-in leveling systems to help furniture stand securely. Look for leveling instructions that are included with the furniture, or call Jordan's Customer Service Department (1-866-8-JORDANS) for assistance. Leveling procedures booklet With use, chair legs can loosen. Periodic tightening of the hardware will help keep chairs level. Table Leaves Unless a dining table has a fifth center support leg, leaving table leaves in place for long periods of time can cause the table to sag in the middle. When not in use, table leaves should be wrapped in a soft cloth or in a specially designed storage bag and stored horizontally. Storing leaves face down and flat in a protected area, such as under a bed, is recommended.
Whether you’re in need of additional storage or you fell in love with a piece of furniture you don’t think you have room for, the end of the bed is your sweet spot! This often forgotten space can serve for fun or function… Functional || If you are in need of more storage whether it’s for linens or clothes try out a storage ottoman or bench. Top it off with a tray decorated with a vase of flowers, a stack of oversized books, or some pillar candles and no one will ever know that space serves two purposes. Or if your book collection has outgrown the bookcase in your living room add another in your bedroom. Create privacy with a tall bookcase or keep it open & airy with one that works like a footboard. Do you lack space on either side of the bed for a nightstand? Put it at the foot of the bed instead!   Decorative || Create the perfect little reading nook by adding a comfy bench, cozy chaise lounge or a pair of armchairs to the end of your bed! Whether you go luxe with buttery soft leather or plush velvet or fun with a bold color or print this look is sure to infuse your bedroom with personality. Are you a botanical lover? Line the end of your bed with oversized potted plants and you’ll feel like you’re on a tropical vacation every night. You can achieve a similar look with smaller plants too – just add a table!   Unique || Love the idea of breakfast in bed, but not the mess it can make? Design a private breakfast nook by adding a small café table & chairs to the end of your bed. Make it cozy by draping textured throws over each chair. If you lack the space for a home office, utilize this space in your bedroom for a writing desk. Give it a plush look by opting for a tufted armchair rather than an office chair!
Small space living can be challenging, but that doesn’t mean you should forgo personal style for functionality - there are ways to marry the two in perfect interior design harmony! The Furnishings || Don’t shy away from statement furnishings just because of your limited space - if you love it, make it work! Your bedroom is your sanctuary so if your way of packing a style punch is with a grand bed then do it, but be smart about it. Opt for a bed that has under-bed storage built in and/or invest in a short chest that can be place at the end of the bed for additional storage and a surface for décor. If space allows for a bedside table choose one that is glass or Lucite as this will give the room an airy feel. The Color || “Paint it white to enlarge the space…” we hear it all the time and while yes, there is truth in this go-to small space design standard, it doesn’t need to be your standard. Rules are made to be broken, right? If you are a lover of color then splash that bold hue on an accent wall or even the ceiling! You’ll discover that a pop of color will actually create depth in the room. Not a fan of accent walls? Hushed hues like blush, dove gray, and sage can be painted on all the walls creating a quiet impact that won’t go unnoticed. The Décor || Visual tricks like styling with mirrors and glass will definitely create the illusion of a larger room while adding a dash of glam, but there are a few other tricks! Try adorning one of your walls with one piece of large-scale art. This will create a feeling of grandeur without the chaos of a gallery wall. Have a spare corner? Combine the look of luxury with functionality by adding a stylish storage ottoman.
You’ve signed your way into adulthood by closing the deal on your first apartment. A fresh start and a blank canvas to make your own and call it home – how exciting is that?! Now it’s time to prioritize. Set a budget and make a list of the things you need, then decide on the décor you like best. Are you a modern maven or a vintage queen? Deciding which décor suits your personality will help you achieve a cohesive look when shopping for furniture. Choosing which furniture pieces to invest in at first will depend on the size of your apartment, but here are some ideas to consider… Mattress || Sounds mundane, but a great mattress will give you the ultimate beauty rest you need. It’s also a great investment because a quality mattress can last you 8-10 years, which will allow you to take it with you when you move into your first home. Make it a fun experience by choosing a stylish frame for it! If space is tight consider a frame that has built-in storage. Seating || The size of your space will dictate whether you’ll be a sofa, loveseat, or sectional. Sectionals are cumbersome so even though you may have the space to accommodate it, you also have to make sure you can get it into the apartment. A sofa or loveseat paired with a funky chair will create a cozy and stylish space. Complete the look with an upholstered ottoman so you can put your feet up! For tight spaces, put a tray on the upholstered ottoman to make it double as a coffee table. Dining || Any nook will do if you purchase the right table. Choosing a table with clean lines and a modern edge will allow you to get creative with the seating. Mix and match styles or use all upholstered chairs so they can be used in the living area too! Minimalist meets luxury is a great balance in design for your first apartment.         Now that you have the basics it’s time to decorate and personalize! Try to incorporate mirrors into your overall design. They create the illusion of a larger room while reflecting light from all angles. Storage can be a challenge, so strive to find sneaky solutions (like your bed frame or ottoman) in order to maximize your space. Lastly, bring a little of the outdoors inside with plants. Succulents and air plants are low-maintenance plants that are tiny enough to fit into a terrarium while still breathing life into your apartment!
We've all been there. Those nights when we can't seem to turn our brain off and just fall asleep. Not only is it frustrating in the moment, but it also makes for a very long, lethargic day. Here are a few relaxation tips that could help you reach that REM state. 1. Disconnect. || One hour before you go to sleep turn off all of your electronics. Our devices promote mental activity and that constant scrolling you are doing before bed is a contributing factor to your sleepless nights. 2. Tidy Up. || Keep your bedroom neat and organized. Cluttered room, cluttered mind. There is plenty of cute storage options that can help keep your room organized and you well-rested. 3. Take A Bath. || Break out the bath salts, aromatherapy candles, and pour yourself a glass of wine (or tea!). Since this is not typically an everyday indulgence it will put you in the mindset that bedtime is near! 4. Scentsations. || Scent your room with relaxing aromas like lavender, chamomile, or jasmine. Reed diffusers are the most effective way as they emit scents slowly and safely over a long period of time. 5. Dim the Lights. || Our bodies are very responsive to light. Exposure to bright lights promotes wakefulness which is another reason why it is important to put down your phone or tablet one hour before bed. Dimming your bedroom light will prepare your body for sleep. Controlling noise and temperature will also help.
We've all been there. Those nights when we can't seem to turn our brain off and just fall asleep. Not only is it frustrating in the moment, but it also makes for a very long, lethargic day. Here are a few relaxation tips that could help you reach that REM state. 1. Disconnect. || One hour before you go to sleep turn off all of your electronics. Our devices promote mental activity and that constant scrolling you are doing before bed is a contributing factor to your sleepless nights. 2. Tidy Up. || Keep your bedroom neat and organized. Cluttered room, cluttered mind. There is plenty of cute storage options that can help keep your room organized and you well-rested. 3. Take A Bath. || Break out the bath salts, aromatherapy candles, and pour yourself a glass of wine (or tea!). Since this is not typically an everyday indulgence it will put you in the mindset that bedtime is near! 4. Scentsations. || Scent your room with relaxing aromas like lavender, chamomile, or jasmine. Reed diffusers are the most effective way as they emit scents slowly and safely over a long period of time. 5. Dim the Lights. || Our bodies are very responsive to light. Exposure to bright lights promotes wakefulness which is another reason why it is important to put down your phone or tablet one hour before bed. Dimming your bedroom light will prepare your body for sleep. Controlling noise and temperature will also help.
Dear lawn mower – it’s time to move out. Of course it’s practical to store your outdoor accessories in your shed, but where’s the fun in that? The she/he shed trend has been taking off for a reason – it’s fun, nostalgic, and just slightly irresponsible (in the best kind of way). So whether you are building one from the ground up or converting the one that currently stands in your backyard, here are a few possibilities of what this micro retreat COULD be… The Literary Respite || Calling all bibliophiles, this one is for you! Create your own personal reading room to escape to when you need some alone time. Line the walls from floor to ceiling with built-in shelves to hold all your favorite books. Cozy it up by adding an area rug and an ultra-comfy oversized chair to curl up in when indulging in the latest bestseller. Finish off the look with proper lighting. If you have electricity available to you, consider a floor lamp. If not, line the floor and ceiling with battery-operated string lights and some candles so you can still read out there at night! The Pub Shed || Go out for a drink without ever needing a designated driver – transform your shed into an outdoor bar! Home bars come in many different lengths, provide ample storage, and can double as your drink prep space as some have built-in dry sinks too. Pair the bar with a few bar stools and you’re ready to serve your friends and family the most creative cocktails in the neighborhood. Don’t forget to install shelving to display your best ion! The Zen Sanctuary || Even if you aren’t a die-hard yogi, wouldn’t it be nice to have a tranquil spot to simply collect your thoughts or meditate? Find your serenity by painting your shed in soothing azure tones and laying down a plush rug scattered with floor pillows. Depending on the size of your space you could even add a daybed! The Hotel Room || Equipped with a super comfy bed dominated by plush pillows, a mini fridge filled with snacks, and a fluffy robe this tiny refuge could be better than a 5-star hotel. It’s only a matter of time before you’ll have to start taking reservations in advance – all your friends will want to stay! The Hobby Haven || Turn this space into your activity room. For the art lovers, this is your blank canvas. Keep your curated collection here like a gallery or create it on the walls of the shed like a mural. Are you a writer? Make this your chic office of inspiration. Just like hobbies, the ways you could transform this tiny space are truly endless.
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