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Top 5 Small Space Solutions Posts Of 2016

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

It’s the annual top posts of the year week on Live Simply!

As has become the tradition, we’re wrapping up 2016 by looking back at the posts you deemed your favorites by way of clicks, re-pins, re-shares and so on. Whether that’s because they’re the most helpful or the most wacky, well, I’ll leave that to you to decide.

For the next two weeks, a concise list of stand-out blog post stars will be yours to peruse. Revisit posts that struck a cord. Read posts you missed during the year. Bask in a Live Simply glow. And hey, be a pal and share the ones you really love with the ones you really love, okay?

Thank you ever so much for reading. Commence the counting down!  

the top five most popular posts about small space solutions! Pin now, read later.


5. 1 Big Reason These Kitchen Islands Are Better For Small Spaces Than The Rest


4. 9 No Closet Solutions


3. 7 Inspiring Examples Of Makeup Dressing Tables For Small Spaces


2. 10 Space-Saving, Order-Inducing New Uses For Tension Rods


1. Behind Door Number One–A World Of Storage For Your Small Space



The Beauty of the Kitchen Bar Stool

Friday, August 10, 2012

It seemed only fitting that we close out what has shaped up to be a week of kitchen-y with a bunch of really, really nice kitchens. And not just kitchens, but kitchens with bar stools.

I have never lived in a home with bar stools. Never enjoyed the look of them sitting obediently next to islands, nor been granted the convenience of a seating option that allows those passing through the eating room to sidle up, saddle in, if only for a mere moment. So perhaps it’s my deprivation that has cultivated a deep love, nay, yearning for such seating.

See, the beauty of the bar stool is the lack of commitment involved. If you’re taking a seat in a real live kitchen table chair, you better know you’re in for the long haul. We’re talking multiple courses, lots of questions, and the passing of various dishes back and forth and this way and that; at the very least a napkin on the lap.

The bar stool? It’s a no strings attached type deal. If you perch on one, no one will expect you to stay. No one will ask, “hey, where are you going?” when you get up to leave.

{I learned such wisdom from my cousin, a master in the art of “making an appearance,” who recently gave my sister and me a crash course in the subject. I won’t even attempt to pass on the gospel because I could never do it justice, but it was pure brilliance. Brilliance crafted after a lifetime of familial and therefore obligatory gatherings, of pestering questions from overly concerned Jewish parents and grandparents and friends of parents and siblings and every damn person. I digress}

To the photos, onward:

One day I shall have the glory of the bar stool in a home all my own. Until then, gazing at these images will have to suffice.

Wishing you a weekend of sunshine, Trader Joe’s chocolate coconut ice cream, good books, relaxing, and being real.

Thanks for reading–


Image credits: Tradhome, Traditional HomeHouse to HomeBHG, Burham Design, At Home Arkansas, Louise Bell- Style at Home 

What’s Old is New Again: Repurposed Projects

Friday, July 13, 2012

Happy Friday tootsie pops!

Today I shall send you off into the weekend by igniting your vast imaginations. How, you ask, will I attempt such a feat? By presenting you with a few of the cleverest repurposing projects to grace the interwebs, that’s how.

Yes, perhaps on a Tuesday these IKEA bookcases would appear to you as IKEA bookcases, but with your weekend-wings you will soon discover that, turned on their side, and outfitted with matching baskets, these are actually under-bench-toy-storage for your youngins- hello!

Here’s a little DIY decor math for you:

1 dresser – 8 legs + 1 long cushion + some throw pillows = a fabulous window seat/ bench with storage to boot! Hi there!

I’m so good at math.

Moving along- and this has got to be one of my favorites- a mannequin with shelves to house your (ridiculously preppy) belts and ties.

I, personally, think that bathroom and office accessories can often be interchangeable, which is why this toothbrush holder so naturally accommodates pens and pencils, and soap dish, little notecards.

Okay. Ya take some dumb old crates. Ya slap some wheels on the bottom. And– Ta-dah! You’ve got yourself some dope mobile toy storage.

Again with the crates, but this time, faux shelves in the bathroom. Easy peasy.

This here image looks like your typical bar cart. And that’s cool. Except I happen to know that this here bar cart was once a baby’s changing table. Whoa, bet I just blew your mind with that one, huh?

Of course we can always count on Martha to come through for us, and come through she did; Benches. Stacked. Become shelves. Bam!

These last two images just go to show that you don’t have to get yourself down over a lack of island. Lest we forget, a kitchen island is really just an additional surface. So, if you add an object with a surface, you’ll have an island. I feel like this whole post has been composed of story problems, repurpose style.

Dresser/ island:

Old candy-making table/ island:

You may now put on your weekend googles and begin to view the world in a whole new way.

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