Архив автора: Esteban Cortez

Four Roommates Create Stylish & Affordable Makeshift Closets from IKEA Parts

Did you catch this tour in which Shelbie and her roommates not only make a four-bedroom apartment look refreshing and cohesive, but also add a bunch of clever (and affordable!) storage solutions to their no-closet bedrooms? They all agree that lack of storage is one of the biggest challenges in their San Francisco apartment, but they make it look effortless and orderly using easily accessible products. Their entire home is worth a look for the inspiration, but the makeshift closets featured in each space show that with some planning and creativity, tackling storage dilemmas is totally achievable. (далее…)

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A Modern Mix of Greenery in a Small San Francisco Apartment — House Tour

Name: Jessica Henry
Location: Duboce Triangle — San Francisco, California
Size: 500 square feet
Years lived in: 4 years, renting

Jessica likes to collect things that remind her of a specific time and place, like the leather butterfly chair she got in Argentina, or the bedroom mirror she found at a San Diego thrift store. All of those mementos combined with eclectic accents — and lots and lots of greenery — are what makes her place special. «The mix of my travel finds with some modern furniture and a ton of plants makes the flat feel cozy while brimming with personality,» Jessica says. «It gives you a much richer connection to the things you have, and makes for a good story as you show guests around your home.» (далее…)

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Not in Love With Your Backsplash? We Tested Adhesive, Removable Smart Tiles — Test Lab

«Renew your room in less than three hours.» That’s the tagline on the Smart Tiles website, where you can find their range of self-adhesive and removable tiles. I’m always wary of any promise of simplicity, as there are often a bunch of tools involved in a project—tools that I would never own—or the project itself isn’t beginner-friendly. (далее…)

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How to Make the Super Tricky «Shotgun» Layout Work

I recently stayed in a traditional shotgun apartment in New Orleans with my partner and one of my best friends. If you aren’t familiar with the shotgun home layout, it’s typically long and narrow, and made up of rooms that are directly connected to each other, directing you through each room to get to the next. The layouts were very popular in the South (especially New Orleans), but are also common in New York and Chicago. In our rental, my friend definitely woke me up a couple of times during the night when walking to the bathroom, so it’s clear how the layout might present design challenges, whether living alone, with roommates, or when entertaining guests. Here are some beautiful spaces that make this tricky layout work. (далее…)

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A Kitschy «Pee-Wee’s Playhouse-Inspired» Maximalist Apartment — House Tour

Name: Johnny Matcham
Location: Tower District — Fresno, California
Size: 650 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, renting

Johnny grew up surrounded by vintage. His father collected vintage radios, cameras and old advertising signs. His mom had a large collection of cookie jars and vintage kitchen decor. His grandparents had a house full of kitsch treasures: tiki mugs, risqué lady figurines, and novelty bar ware. Growing up, Johnny’s bedroom was filled with vintage art and toys. He can still picture the life-sized Easy Rider poster he had in his bedroom as a kid, and the countless enamel signs his dad would bring home after working at a local landfill. Clearly, it’s obvious why he loves vintage things. «I guess it’s just in my genes,» he says. (далее…)

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A «Rainbow Bohemian» Tiny Cottage in the Berkeley Hills — House Tour

Name: Rachelle Padgett
Location: Berkeley, California
Size: 525 square feet
Years lived in: 1.5 years, renting

In Rachelle’s living room, a rich and colorful rug is layered on top of another, creating a kaleidoscope of colors on the floor. Bright turquoise sheets in her bedroom complement the framed photo of a bright French Quarter house she took on a recent trip to a jazz festival. Clearly, Rachelle isn’t afraid of color — just take a peek at any room in her Berkeley home, which she describes as «rainbow bohemian.» The home was constructed in the 1930s as a pottery studio for the original owner, Rachelle says. «There’s still a little smokestack on the roof, where the old kiln used to be,» she adds. «I’m an interior designer, and love the idea that I’m continuing the creative energy for which the home was built.» (далее…)

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