With so many fantastic storage options available today, living in small spaces is hardly anything to worry about. Sure, it may take a bit more planning and organisation in advance, but there are plenty of ways to store your stuff without compromising style. Here are five easy ways to maximise storage in small spaces and get the most out of your flat’s valuable square footage.
Decorating an apartment can be a huge undertaking – even more so, if you live in a small space. While there may be less square footage to worry about, having a small flat or house means you have to be more selective about what type of pieces to incorporate into your decor scheme. Fortunately, a small apartment doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. Here are seven home decor ideas that will beautifully dress up your home without taking up too much space.
As the holiday season is now upon us, coming up with ideas on how to make your cozy home full of Christmas glee can make you feel a bit…well “un-gleeful” (made up word). Well it’s time to cheer up as we’ve come up with 5 ideas on how to make your small space feel festive this holiday season!
Idea #1 Elevation
Clearing out a space for a christmas tree isn’t always possible. By placing a smaller tree on top of a table or desk, you don’t have to sacrifice the holiday tradition of decorating a tree just because your place is tiny. You can use a real or fake tree for this. One quick tip when decorating a smaller tree is to make sure you get the appropriate sized ornaments. You don’t want to weigh your tree down with oversized ornaments that you may have used on a full size tree. The good thing is that it takes half the time to decorate!
Idea #2 Speaking of ornaments…
What’s Christmas without them?
Ornaments instantly create an atmosphere of winter and Christmas cheer. Ornaments are also very versatile allowing you to decorate in any way you wish. Some of my favourite are the ornament wreaths, using them as centrepieces for the dining table or just in a decorative bowl. If you’re renting or in a dorm room you may be limited to what you can hang about so placing ornament bowls throughout your space may do the trick.
Another reason why I love this idea is because you can use a variety of colours keeping with the scheme of your space. Pairing up ornaments with candles also adds a nice touch.
#3 Edible design
Every year I tell myself that I’m going to make a gingerbread house and…well…. I have yet to do so. I must admit, I’m slightly intimidated! I’m not a perfectionist but if my gingerbread house doesn’t come out looking like it deserves to be put on display I will feel like a failure. I absolutely adore this gingerbread house as it looks completely different than the traditional house we’re use to seeing. If you can muster up the confidence to make your own house it it can definitely work as a wonderful Christmas decoration. That’s if you don’t eat it right after it’s done! Ha!
Idea #4 Window Dressing!
Just about every space has a window which means adding lights, ornaments, candles or any other Christmas decoration is a great option for your small space. By mixing all of the above, your home can look great during the day and at night. A little decoration goes a long way.
This is quite an innovative idea and is great if you’re REALLY tight on space or if you just feel like trying something completely different. Wall decor encourages your imagination to run wild! The sky really is the limit when decorating a wall Christmas tree (not sure if that’s the proper name). Adding wrapped presents beneath the design makes it feel even more like a real tree. I am definitely going to try this one when I have a wall free!
If you have more ideas for decorating your small space I’d love to hear them and share them on social media! Add a comment or share your idea on Instagram tagging @flat54london using #Christmas54. Can’t wait to see what great ideas everyone has!! Happy Holidays!!
Carving out the perfect space in your home for a vanity or make up area can be challenging at times. Organisation is key and often times style is compromised. It can be tricky; finding the right balance between making sure all of your essential items have a place to be stored while having that designated area reflect your personal style and the decor of your home. Well we’ve come up with some great ideas to consider when creating your own beauty bar. Check them out below:
Idea #1 The Compact Mirror Desk
I had the pleasure of travelling to Barcelona (one of my all time favourite cities) on a business trip and I stayed at an amazing flat overlooking the city! The flat was on the 7th floor of a high rise close to the beach in the Parc de Diagonal Mar area. It’s modern and minimalist decor gave off a really airy and light feel to the space. Here are a few photos below:
FullSizeRenderEntry way: very open and provides a nice pathway to the rest of the flat.
IMG_0119Sheer curtains allow light to come in even on cloudy days. Apparently I brought the grey skies with me from London. Thankfully it didn’t last very long.
The master suite with ensuite.
The other bedrooms…
Storing towels under the sink is a great idea!
IMG_0111The kitchen had black counter tops with white cupboards which matches the decor in the living room. Nice!
The amazing balcony!
The view from the balcony at night.
Had a nice little stroll on the beach. The sun finally decided to come out of hiding for a re-introduction! It had been a while.
IMG_0238And of course I had the most delicious meal. Steak tartare. You really can’t go wrong with the food in Spain.
Recently I had the pleasure of visiting the wonderful city of Amsterdam. I fell head over heels in love!! The weather was great, the people were super friendly and view of canal houses and houseboats along the waterway was picturesque. It’s definitely now one of my top places.
Amsterdam Canal 2
During my visit I stayed at a lovely airbnb near Vondelpark. The flat was very bright, airy and my room was quite small however there were 2 things I noticed that made a big difference to the look and feel of the room.
One of the first things I noticed were the windows. There were HUGE and took up an entire wall, almost floor to ceiling. If you’re already in a space you won’t be able to change the window size (or maybe you can) but you can change the type of window dressing like curtains and blinds. They used very light, sheer curtains which didn’t do much for privacy in the evenings (I felt a bit exposed) however during the day the amount light was maximised.
The second thing I noticed was the room didn’t have a single wardrobe. Travelling around the UK and Europe isn’t the norm not to see closets like in the US but I didn’t expect not to see a wardrobe. Instead they used a clothing rank which they cleverly cascaded the clothing from darks to whites. Brilliant!
I love that idea!! It makes your clothes part of the decor! Notice the wooden hangers change as well with white hangers being used for the white clothing! Love, love, love!