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  • Squeezing Storage From Small Spaces

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    Small Space Storage Ideas

    Image from Apartment Therapy

    Storage and organization shouldn't be mutually exclusive concepts. In fact, when space is at a premium (we're looking at you studio apartment, loft, dorm, starter home) the key to maximizing space is finding storage in places where it wasn't before. Here are a few tips:

    Console Style

    Console Table Small Space

    Image from Style at Home

    Placed along the hall, behind the sofa or as a shallow desk in tight spaces, console tables with drawers are a perfect receptacle for unsightly clutter. Keep it simple by designating a specific purpose for each drawer...and stick to the system. 

    Think Lofty (with Shelves)

    High Shelving

    Image from April & May Studio

    High shelves are an absolute must above fridges, bathroom vanities, doorways and in closets. By extending your shelving to the ceiling, you'll gain critical storage space for those seldom used items around the house.

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    Modern Hanging Pendant Lights

    Troy Hanger Old Silver with Aged Brass Pendant, Possini Euro Design White Flower Acrylic Pendant Chandelier, Raindrop Glass Chrome Mini Pendant Light

    Maximize what floor and surface space you have by getting rid of table and floor lamps and replace them with hanging pendant lights (such as the one in the room pictured at the top of this post). There are tons of looks, from antiqued industrial to sleek contemporary glass designs on the market these days.

    Okay, we admit, this last one wasn't necessarily a storage tip, but it's a space-saver nonetheless.

    Images: Apartment Therapy, Style at Home, April & May Studio

  • Modern Office Blueprint

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    Modern Office

    You've probably heard it a million times, but the way you design your office space really does have an impact on how you work. You decide whether it's a positive or negative impact by how functional and how much the style agrees with your personality.

    We decided to help you out and feature one office that we think is pretty cool, and in case you agree, we're providing a little blueprint so you can get a similar look at your home.

    The designer used space very well, while at the same time keeping the design minimal, and uncluttered. For example, instead of using up desk space for a task lamp, hanging pendant lights are a great option. Consequently, the modern desk has a good amount of surface space, plus storage!

    Office Furnishings

    This white pendant light is the perfect addition to any modern space where you want to save surface area.

    Flowers brighten the vibe in any room, and bonus these are faux so no stress involved!

    This desk is sturdy, modern and best of all, it has lots of storage so the surface can stay clean.

    You don't need to choose an office chair if you want something a little more stylish, this dining room chair would work perfectly and look great too.

    Remember to keep a picture frame with the ones you love nearby to help motivate your work.

    Image: Est Magazine

  • Modern Dining Rooms With Arc Lamps

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    Dining Room Style

    Arc lamps look great in modern living rooms, there's no question about that. However, the dining room is an unexpected room where designer floor lamps, specifically arc lamps look great!

    This cool loft home above features an arc lamp which functions as great lighting of course, but also contributes to the mid-century style of the dining room.

    Modern Dining Room

    While this space above is a bit more contemporary than the first image, there is still an undertone of mid-century style, which makes this marble-base arc lamp a perfect choice.

    Kitchen Design

    Floor lamps are great in the dining room for when you don't want to disturb your ceiling. If you have gorgeous wood ceilings like this space above, no need to drill a hole and install an electrical system, just plug in a handsome floor lamp!

    Arc Lamps

    Polished Chrome George Kovacs Arc Floor LampRobert Abbey Archer Marble Arc Floor LampNova Arc Chrome Floor Lamp

    Here's a few ideas for stylish arc floor lamps from Euro Style Lighting, but there's lots more where those came from!

    Images: Ana Donohue Interiors, Fougeron Architecture, Ed Ritger, Wakako Tokunaga Architecture, Concrete Collaborative

  • An Innovative New York Apartment Under 500 Square Feet

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    Innovative Design

    If you think living in New York means tight spaces and high rents, you're right. But this innovative apartment takes it to another level. Somehow, the builders were able to fit a kitchen, bathroom, loft bedroom, home office and storage in this 500 sq ft space!

    Modern Loft Living

    The key to this smart design is using vertical space. There is a built-in wooden core that holds the kitchen and bedroom spaces. 

    Modern wall sconces and clean modern furniture help conserve space. The stairs leading up to the loft bedroom contain a storage drawer in each stair. No space was left unused. 

    Micro Living

    This innovative interior design allows the small apartment to function like a much larger space in a very small footprint.

    Images: Toxel

  • Modern Architecture: Tree Houses

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    Modern Architecture

    Do you have a fascination for modern tree houses? We do! So we've rounded up a few of our favorites. This is where we wish we could spend our weekend...

    These tree houses, from around the world, aren't for kids, they're real modern architecture, in trees!

    Sometimes when life gets a little challenging, I think we would all love to escape to deep in the forest and hide in a tree house.

    These tiny homes add a whole new meaning to 'bringing the outdoors in', are we right?!

    Images: Yatzer, Fresh Home, Links & Things, Cush Design Studio, Free Spirit Spheres, Apartment Therapy

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