Friday, December 25, 2009

"Ten Tips for Small Spaces"

This is an interesting article I found on small spaces.. we are all looking at having big spaces.. but how do we clean the clutter in our small minds.. I guess.. outer space does not matter but inner is something we need to give a thought to....

anyway check this out.. !!

Guest writer, Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, author of Apartment Therapy: The Eight-Step Home Cure offers this short article of tips on how to solve small-space decorating challenges.
All of us are really small space lovers. While McMansions rule the suburbs, and those with means build estates and ranches, us city folk aspire to the perfect perch.
Why? Because we are drawn to the warmth and buzz of urban life.
We are cliff dwellers. We long to be close to one another and feel the rhythm of the streets. We want to be right on top of it all, close to our friends, near the energy. If anything, we want a view, we want sunlight, and we want location, location, location. Space we are willing to give away.
But because perches are short on space, we are all -- both high and low -- forced to be creative when building our nests. Here then, is our starter list for our fellow cliff dwellers. Feel free to add your own.
  1. Remove your interior doors (use curtains instead on closets and doors).
  2. Replace your big refrigerator with a smaller, undercounter model. It's more than enough room.
  3. Treat yourself to a really good, sturdy small vacuum (we love Meile).
  4. Use track lighting aimed at walls to free up floor space and create an expansive feeling.
  5. Install lighting inside closets so you can see what's in there. They will be easier to maintain and you will gain the feeling of more space.
  6. Clean your windows often so that more light comes in and your view is not blocked.
  7. Buy quality cookware, tableware, and linens. Small luxuries go a long way.
  8. Go wireless, transfer all your music to your computer and sell your CDs!
  9. Use full spectrum light bulbs to energize and enliven your home.
  10. Have lots of dinner parties. People actually socialize better in small spaces. And, as an added bonus, apartment dwellers who entertain take better care of their homes.

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