Articles posted under: Apartments

Aug 22

Holiday Décor Storage Solution

Posted by into Apartments, Gainesville, Organization

School is back in session and for me that means the holidays are upon us in quick succession. With the beginning of October right around the corner, many will be putting away the summer wreaths and garden flags in exchange for festive fall decorations and Halloween décor. Soon thereafter will be all the decorations for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas.

In my home, storage space is at a premium and the thought of trying to get just a couple of items out of the holiday closet & cabinet requires me to unload everything just to get at the one or two beloved pieces I am looking for. So, what do I end up doing most of the time…disappointing my children and not bothering to seek out their favorite, fun decorations because the thought of a making a huge mess is just too overwhelming. What’s the point of having all of these beautiful keepsakes if they’re always hidden?

Last year, while packing Halloween decorations away in their color-coded orange and black bins, it occurred to me that maybe I should consider a storage unit. I did nothing at the time, but as I was packing away the Christmas decorations in their red and green plastic bins, and dreading trying to find a place to store the bins, I decided it was time for a change.

I took the plunge and decided to rent a small storage unit and I am really happy with my decision. I am currently looking forward to walking into my climate-controlled unit and easily grabbing the bins that I need next month. No more fumbling around pulling everything out looking for the appropriate decorations because the color coded bins make it a cinch! Not to mention I love having the extra closet and cabinet space in my home available for other uses.

If space in your home is at a premium, and you’re looking for a space saving solution, check out 34th Street Mini Storage. 34th Street Mini Storage is secure with 24 hour access and is close and convenient to I75 at two different exits located at Williston and Archer Roads. 34th Street Mini Storage offers clean, affordable heated/cooled units in various sizes with security cameras on the property and kiosk for 24 hour assistance. Need carts or a hand truck? We have that covered too! Give us a call at (352) 358-4151 or stop by and visit us at 3447 SW 42nd Avenue.
What could you do with additional space in your home?

Jun 7

Clear Your Clutter & Calm Your Mind

Posted by into Apartments, Why storage?

Do you notice that inside your apartment or home that every closet is packed? Or is it reasonable to say that every nook and cranny in your residence has something in it?

This is the normal accumulation of “stuff”. Some are collectors of this stuff, and others just can’t pass up a sale or maybe an auction event.

With children we say, “they are growing and this sale is for next year’s school wardrobe?” Or better yet, “ I need to keep these clothes because I love them and I am going to lose weight!” Does that sound familiar?

Whatever your circumstance may be, the answer can be to rent a conditioned storage unit. We say conditioned because it is important that your belongings be at a temperature that is appropriate year around for the maintenance and well-being of these possessions.

When you have tax records or documents that you must store for 7 years, this is a perfect venue to get it out of the house and to some place safe and secure. These conditioned spaces are secure and come in different sizes. If you have a roommate or a close friend, one space can even be shared.

34th Street Mini Storage is secure with 24 hour access and is close and convenient to UF Campus. 34th Street Mini Storage offers clean, affordable heated/cooled units in various sizes with security cameras on the property with a kiosk for 24 hour assistance. Need carts or a hand truck? We have that covered too! Give us a call at (352) 358-4151 or stop by and visit us at 3447 SW 42nd Avenue.

Feb 12

Decorating with wooden accents

Posted by into Apartments

We’re all getting pretty tired of winter at this point (are we in Florida still?), but there are some parts of the season that we’re not sick of, including decorating with wooden materials. We love the look of wood grain in our home, and we’re quite enamored with the idea of using it in unexpected ways. Here are some of our favorite ways to decorate with this earthy material.

Clockwise from top left:

1. Dish up some natural texture with these Wind and Willow Home bowls. They’re made for holding salad, but we can see them holding all sorts of trinkets!

2. These coat stands are made with three poles with branch-like pieces at the top that connect them. They are part of a collection of wooden furniture designed by Japanese designer Jin Kuramoto and use traditional shipbuilding techniques.

3. Make your tea lights look extra special with these tree branch candle holders. They’re handmade and will bring some outdoors into your home.

4. If you really want to invest in a beautiful wooden piece for your home, we suggest a well-made wooden chair with great lines. This one is from a Norwegian magazine.

Clockwise from top left:

1. This wooden hanging light by Iumi Design is so lovely. The laser-cut slats of wood create a cool pattern on the walls, and we love that you get to assemble it yourself (we’re suckers for DIY projects).

2. OK, we obviously have a thing for indoor plants (check out our post on them). This little geometric, hand-painted wooden planter by FlaneursPocket will add some color and whimsy to your space.

3. We swooned when we saw this cluster of pendant lights with purposeful cracks in it. Korean designer Kwon Jae Min made this fixture, and we think it’s a piece of art.

4. This rustic wooden end table will add some camping charm to your space. Doesn’t it make you want to cozy up with a plaid blanket and a thermos of hot cocoa? We’ll be over in five.

Jan 24

Tips for bringing greenery into your space

Posted by into Apartments

One way to make your living space feel more cozy and natural is to add plants in your decorating. They also keep your air clean and actually have been shown to provide several health benefits.

Decorating with them can be easy, but it’s important to know where to start. This list of houseplants by Wit & Whistle is really great because it includes almost all of the easy-to-care-for and happy-inside plants.

Here are a few additional tips and ideas I’ve picked up over the years:

Left to right, top to bottom:

1. Get creative with how you plant your greenery! This Babylon Light is the perfect example: It’s a plantable light fixture with lots of personality.

2. Fiddle-leaf figs are great indoor plants. They love a sunny window, only need to be watered when their soil is completely dry, and have big, lush leaves to bring some color into your rooms.

3. If you’re looking for something to put on a tabletop or a counter, consider planting succulents and cacti in a wide bowl or a terrarium. These are another type of plant you can pretty much ignore most of the time, since they need very little water. The do like sunlight, so try to put them in a bright place.

4. The folks over at Apartment Therapy put together a really great post on how to garden when you don’t have a garden. There are a lot of patio and balcony ideas for when space is limited.

5. Potted plants look great in groups, and you can add height and visual interest by putting them on a tiered plant stand.

6. These modular succulent planters are visually interesting and can be arranged in several different ways. You can make this with this tutorial on Manda Townsend‘s blog.

7. Another great DIY planter project is this one from Pepper Design Blog. I love the brightly colored hexagons.

8. This grouping from La Maison ‘Anna G looks great on a bench right under the wall. Planting everything in white pots makes your collection look more uniform and put together.

9. If you like the look of a hanging planter from Woollypocket but can’t hang things from your ceiling, this wall planter is a great idea. It’s especially great if you have limited surface and floor space.

Jan 16

Neutrals inspiration

Posted by into Apartments

I find myself preferring neutrals during the winter months, so I thought I’d throw together some decorating inspiration for you.

Here are some cool neutrals:

Top to bottom, left to right:

1. Bild Schœnes // 2. Trendenser // 3. Birch & Lily // 4. Anna Gillar // 5. Pinterest // 6. Crush Cul de Sac // 7. Stylizmo Blog’s Instagram // 8. Mrs. Manuela Hardy // 9. The Little Corner

And if you’d like to warm things up, here’s some additional inspiration:

Top to bottom, left to right:

1. Darling magazine // 2. Martha Stewart home tour // 3. Pinterest // 4. Roses & Rust // 5. White & Grey Memories // 6. Domaine // 7. Domaine // 8. Pinterest // 9. Ballard Designs

Dec 26

Office refreshers

Posted by into Apartments, DIY, Organization

I love my little home office area, but I like to refresh it every once in a while so I don’t get bored and end up sitting in front of the TV (my chiropractor also likes this idea). Here are some DIY projects and products that will add a little flair to your space.

Clockwise from top left:

1. This atlas cork board set from Urban Outfitters is cute and makes you look smart and worldly.

2. A Creative Mint won us over with this great idea: Mark dates on your calendar or planner with colorful washi tape. That way everything is color coded and bright.

3. These maple and brass rulers by Best Made Co. are beautifully well designed. This isn’t a ruler to stick in a drawer — it’s begging to be displayed on your desk.

4. These drawer liners by Hammocks & High Tea are bright and fun. They’re sure to make you smile.

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1. The folks at A Creative Mint have another great idea: Hang some photos and mementos with neon washi tape straight to the wall. Create your own fun, bright gallery!

2. We love the idea of monochromatic pencils in this simple initial mug. We saw the combination over on Annixen‘s blog.

3. Painted embroidery hoops as mini cork boards that pack a punch? We’re already on our way to Michael’s. These are adorable. The Voilet Hours/Project Kid is bringing it.

4. We got all giddy when Eva Black took us on a tour of Lindsay Stetson Tompson’s home studio. Those drawers are our favorite, and you can grab them at IKEA.

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1. OK, so we’ve got a think for cool cork boards. How else are we going to get all of our cool finds up on the wall? For a more typographic approach, try these Pottery Barn Kids Harper corkboard letters.

2. A Beautiful Mess took us on another home tour of Sarah Sherman Samuel’s abode. We thought this super simple but very chic black ribbon inspiration board idea in her studio was great. Don’t you agree?

3. There’s something about fancy desk accessories that just makes us happy — including this great collection of fancy scissors. Want to snag yourself a display-worthy pair? We’re pining for this Hay Shop pair.

4. Fellow Fellow gets crafty with another great way to use all of that washi tape you’ve been hoarding: Make temporary polka dots that look like wallpaper! They’re simple to make and add a lot of pop!

Dec 16

Ringing in the New Year with style

Posted by into Apartments, DIY

Are you already planning the perfect New Year’s Eve party for you and some friends? If you aren’t, you might want to after seeing these ways to make the evening extra special.

Clockwise from top left:

1. Make your own coasters (and save your tabletops!) with this DIY project from Martha Stewart.

2. Make things extra festive with this diamond piñata from Prospect Goods. Looking to save some money? Reveiller has an awesome DIY that makes it super simple to make your own.

3. Help guests keep track of their cocktails with this quick and easy solution from Jentertaining: Use washi tape on the side of their glass and write their name on it.

4. These fig, lobster mushroom and taleggio tarts from Cannelle et Vanille look so delicious! We’d love to nibble on them at a soirée.

Clockwise from top left:

1. Not enough sparkle in your party? We’re pretty sure this DIY gold sequin heart from 100 Layer Cake is just the thing you’re looking for.

2. We love the sparkly detail at the bottom of this dress we saw over at Chic Vintage Brides. Doesn’t it just make you want to spin around a little?

3. This fig, vanilla bean and cardamom-infused vodka from Tasty Yummies is the perfect base for a cocktail to complement that fig tart.

4. Every host needs to have a bottle opener on hand, and this one from Poketo is simple but chic.

Dec 9

Decorate your apartment for the holidays

Posted by into Apartments, DIY

The holidays are here, and we’re all about spreading the cheer. So grab your rainy day craft box, make a cup of hot cocoa, crank up your favorite Pandora holiday station (might we recommend this one?) and let’s get to crafting!

Clockwise from top left:

1. Need to create a tree but don’t want to buy one and haul it inside? Check out this tree made of photographs (it’s the first image in the slider). If you’re going for a more dramatic look, the page has 14 other ideas to decorate for the holidays in black and white.

2. This paper straw wreath is simple and adds a great pop of color to your space.

3. Trim your tree (or your walls!) with four homemade garland ideas from Freutcake. These are so cute.

4. Blow Up! studio created a DIY piñata tree for Anthology magazine. The only thing better than a holiday tree is this adorably fringed one.

Clockwise from top left:

1. We didn’t think we could like a garland of fall leaves any more — until we saw 6th Street Design School’s glittery version.

2. These images from Elle Decoration’s Christmas issue over on Petra Bindel’s site are so lovely. We’ve got our eye on those patterned pendants hanging from the ceiling. A Subtle Revelry has a great round up of 25 different types of garland you can make to decorate your space year round.

3. These bright, yarn-sewn ornaments are super easy to make and add so much color to your decorating. You could put them on your tree or even hang them as a mobile. The DIY from Mr. Printables comes with a template you can print out for the shapes, and the best part is that this project is totally kid friendly, so grab a little one and get crafty!

4. If you’re looking for something a little more natural, Designlovefest has you covered with this holiday wreath project. It’s a little organic and wild in the perfect way.

Clockwise from top left:

1. We’re digging the idea of temporary wall art using washi tape. This deer head (check out those antlers!) is so much fun.

2. If you believe that everything that glitters is gold, you’ll love this diamond balsa wood ornament project from A Beautiful Mess. We supposed you could really paint it any color you like, but we’re partial to gold this year.

3. We’ve seen a lot of metallics and neutrals paired together in decorating lately, and we love how it looks sophisticated and striking all at once. This paper fan banner from Somewhere Splendid can be customized with letters (theirs reads JOY) that can be removed if you want to display it after the holidays.

4. And then, there was this wreath. We saved our favorite project for last. While this golden wreath by The Design Confidential looks super sophisticated, it’s ridiculously easy. It’s made of paper straws and string!

Jan 29

We have a lot of IKEA furniture, too.

Posted by into Apartments, Organization

It’s expensive to buy furniture. As a college student, and even as an after-college professional, it’s not really something worth investing in yet. So, like everyone else, most of us turn to the Swedish furniture superstore otherwise known as IKEA. We become way too familiar with LACK and KLIPPAN and EXPEDIT and develop a liking for Swedish meatballs with lingonberry jam.

And what happens? All of our apartments end up looking like one variation or another of everyone else’s. We add our own things and touches, but at the end of the day, we all have the same GISLEV rug as everyone else. And that’s OK. But if you’re longing for just a bit of individuality for your Billy bookcase, we’ve got you covered.

Enter Mykea. They love the well-designed furniture of IKEA, but hate that they see it everywhere — and that it all looks the same. So they’ve designed some pretty darn awesome decals for your IKEA pieces that make them a little more personalized.

We found Apartment Therapy about how to customize your IKEA furniture. You can read the article here.

Here’s to doing it a little differently!

Jan 1

Tight quarters

Posted by into Apartments

How does the man with the smallest apartment in America live? Pretty stylishly, actually. Check out this apartment, belonging to Luke Clark Tyler, a freelance designer who lives pretty well in his 78 sq. ft. space in New York:

Another example of making the most of your space? This 330 sq. ft. apartment in Hong Kong transforms into 24 different rooms.