How to design a small rental apartment – Tiny Amazing Eclectic Space video


JANET LEE: My name
is Janet Lee. We are actually in my apartment
in lower Manhattan. It’s my little nutshell
decorating lab. And the basis of my
blog and book. In 20 years, I’ve lived in
about a dozen small space apartments. But along the way, I really have
road tested what works and what doesn’t for
small space living. So I’m always fighting the good
fight against clutter. So as soon as I walk in the
front door after a long day, my mail lands here. And these are just rubber
boating straps. I always like to use
untapped design resources ’cause it’s cheap. And also it gives your
space a unique touch. So in my one bedroom apartment,
I created all these different living zones so that
there’s a nice flow and a sense of dimension
in the space. And this kitchen flows right
into the living room, so I wanted to give it a
visual division. And I did that by using
caviar tins. They’re brand new, so I
didn’t have to deal with the clean up. But I liked using them as a
collection to make a real bold style statement on this wall. I guess I got kind of crazy
about chalkboard paint, ’cause it really comes in all
these vibrant colors. I didn’t know that. I used it for my back splash. And since I like typography so
much, that is actually an equations for a hard-boiled
egg. So every time I look at
it, it makes me smile. So my first approach here in
this apartment was with color. And I actually went dark and
chose grays for the wall. But by choosing a cooler color
on the color wheel, it actually tricks the eye into
thinking that walls recede and go further back than
they really do. And so my living room does
look a little larger than it really is. Right here is my living room
slash home office, and it has to really function
as a home office. This is a six foot desk where
I do all of my work at home, all my blogging. It doubles as a buffet
table for parties. It doesn’t take up visual real
estate, because it is clear. When I moved into this
apartment, it had no architectural interest at all. It was pretty much a
featureless box. I’m a renter, and most renters
have these ugly folding closet doors. I decided to use artist’s
stretcher bars to create my own paneled moulding on
the closet doors. And I used removable picture
hanging strips so I can take it with me when I move
to my next space. So we’re in my bedroom. And the ceilings are
really high. I liked keeping it white, but I
wanted to have a little bit of dimension and art
on the walls. So I found this really great
artist, his name is Tord Boontje and loved his paper
die cut curtain. So I hung a couple panels on
the wall with just a few tacks, so that I can take
it with me when I leave. Shoes just seem to take
over my space. So I am always looking for
storage solutions, and one of them is to hang them
on the wall. All my favorite pairs hang
on these lightweight polyurethane strips. I hang them with removable
picture hanging strips. It’s strong enough to hold
the shoes without any damage to the walls. I created my own floor lamps
out of wall decals. The trick here is the fact
that I found out from my hardware store that a flashlight
wall caddy fits a lamp cord perfectly. And there you have it, 3D floor
lamp that takes up zero floor space. And voila! I really try to fight clutter
along the way. But I realized I have to create
storage solutions that look great and are really
easy to maintain or I’m not going to do it. And I’m always tricking myself
into being neat and tidy, ’cause it’s not natural
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