Small Space Living

You all know that I’ve been struggling with the tiny entry way in our apartment.  I’ve made the executive decision – those black stripes are going – but now I’m left with the question… what do I do now?!

Houzz is such a source of inspiration for me, and I’ve been scouring their archives for helpful decor hints. Luckily for me, their archives are FILLED with amazing tidbits to help me solve this problem…

First up: decorating with intention, to maximize a small space.  If this article wasn’t written for me, I don’t know what is!!
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Another super helpful article I found was this tutorial around decorating tricky spaces.  Unfortunately, I WISH one of my problems was having too high ceilings, but there were a few tips in there that got me thinking…
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And another… tricks for stashing your stuff in an apartment.  How convenient! Kris and I were JUST talking about looking into an external storage facility… maybe all I need to do is clean out our linen closet, and get some hollow ottomans with lids…
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