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Living Light: Crystallized Chandeliers Transform into Modern Heirlooms

Crystals seeded onto discarded chandeliers and candelabras literally bloom like flowers over time, growing as if they’re alive. For his ‘Overgrown’ collection, artist Mark Sturkenboom accumulated unwanted objects and utterly transformed them, taking ‘trash to treasure’ to a whole new level. The chunky, irregular crystals are reminiscent of ice or salt and have a wild, […]

Pop-Up Guest House: Bed in a Bag Deploys in Seconds

No guest room? No problem, even if you don’t have a comfortable couch. A single overnight guest gets a cozy place to rest her head, plus a little privacy, with this inflatable item that’s half bed, half tent. The Ca.Mia by Denis Santachiara takes mere seconds to deploy from a compact black tote bag to […]

Style Lessons from Today's Small Cool Entries (Vote for Your Favs!) — Entries from Saturday, April 30

Pin it Every home has something to teach and each small home in the Small Cool contest holds lessons and tricks for living well while living small. Below is some wisdom from today's crop of entries including many lessons on curtains: how to use them to best effect in a small home and when maybe you don't need them at all. READ MORE »

Elise's Bathed-in-Natural-Light Home — Small Cool 2016

Like this entry? Favorite it below! Name: Elise Location: Newton, MA Square Feet: 432 Division: Tiny What I Love About My Small Home: I love how much natural light my apartment gets. There are windows on three of the four walls in the bedroom/living room, so the sun shines in throughout most of the day. READ MORE »

Hilary's Fun Boston Studio — House Call

Pin it Name: Hilary Location: Back Bay/South End — Boston, Massachusetts My couch, purchased from Zonal Furniture (R.I.P.) in Hayes Valley in San Francisco, California is oddly my pride and joy. I mean, who wouldn't love a couch made...Show More Summary

Finland's Postal Service to Offer Lawn Care — Design News

Pin it Here's your mail, now where's your lawnmower? Finland's state-owned postal service Posti is expanding into the lawn care business. READ MORE »

Kathryn's Beach Breezes Home in Cali — Small Cool 2016

Like this entry? Favorite it below! Name: Kathryn Location: El Segundo, CA Square Feet: 575 Division: Tiny What I Love About My Small Home: I LOVED this 90 yr old house the moment I walked in. With the textured white stucco walls & coved ceilings, it feels like living inside ocean foam. Show More Summary

I wonder who I'll be kissing when L.A.'s 6th Street Bridge reopens...

It was our third date. I'd been single for three years, two on purpose. "P" said he wanted to go for a walk. I love walking, even if "nobody walks in L.A." He chose a walk that began at a bridge over the Los Angeles River in Atwater Village. Not any bridge; the bridge with padlocks on it, like...

Can an Exterminator Legally Take Photos of My Apartment? — Good Questions

Pin it Q: I am wondering if it's unlawful for a pest control company to take photos of a tenant's residence while they are spraying the apartment. I was informed recently from my landlord that the exterminator takes photos while he sprays, and reports the photos back to the landlord. Show More Summary

Graham's Pops of Plants in NOLA — Small Cool 2016

Like this entry? Favorite it below! Name: Graham Location: New Orleans, LA Square Feet: 800 Division: Little What I Love About My Small Home: High ceilings READ MORE »

How To Test For Lead Paint in Your Home — Apartment Therapy Tutorials

Pin it Lead paint is nasty stuff. If you live in a home built before 1978, it's very likely that layers of lead paint lurk on the windowsills, trim around the doorway, or walls. Not knowing if you have it in your home is scary — especially if you are pregnant or have children — so it's worth finding out. Show More Summary

Chelsea's "100% Me" Studio in Toronto — Small Cool 2016

Like this entry? Favorite it below! Name: Chelsea Location: Toronto Canada Square Feet: 395 Division: International What I Love About My Small Home: It's hard to pick one thing that I love most about my small home. Apart from the beautiful view of the Toronto waterfront that I have been blessed with, it's filled with light and very cozy. Show More Summary

5 Simple Steps to the Perfect Staycation

Harben & Ryan's San Francisco Rental Pin it When you're low on funds or time or both, vacationing in your own city starts to sound like a really sensible way to scratch the summer vacation itch. "Sensible," of course, is not the word most people want to use to describe their travel plans. Show More Summary

Simon's Stylish Home on a Student Budget — Small Cool 2016

Like this entry? Favorite it below! Name: Simon Location: Moers Germany Square Feet: 810 Division: International What I Love About My Small Home: Two years ago my girlfriend and me moved together in our first apartment. We are both students and unfortunately our budget it very limited, so we can’t spend a lot for living. Show More Summary

Creative DIY Room Dividing Idea: The Tent Bedroom

Pin it Can you spot the amazingly adorable, easily doable, room divider situation in this Oakland loft? It's a simple idea, but also incredibly smart storage-wise. And the result isn't just a fresh room divider idea for an open-space loft, it's an idea that could help divide space or add additional storage in a studio apartment or bedroom. READ MORE »

Taylor & Steph's Small, Sustainable "Earthship" Home in the Mountains — House Tour

Pin it Name: Taylor & Steph Location: Santa Cruz Mountains, California Size: 560 square feet Years lived in: Owned 3 years Some people dream of living off the land, going off grid, building a home by hand — getting closer to nature and being more sustainable. Show More Summary

Emma's Less is Less Home in Washington — Small Cool 2016

Like this entry? Favorite it below! Name: Emma Location: Kalama, WA Square Feet: 506 Division: Tiny What I Love About My Small Home: We love small living because it is an example of radical opposition to the traditional American Dream:...Show More Summary

How Do I Choose the Right Coffee Table? — FAHQs: Frequently Asked Home Questions

Ineke's Melbourne Home in an Old Wool Mill Pin it For some, the choice of what type of coffee table is easy; an intuitive design decision. Or, maybe it's even been decided for you, if its an inherited or a roommate or partner's piece. Show More Summary

Before & After: A DIY Laundry Room Dream

Pin it Yasmin hit all of the magic words with this project: DIY, IKEA, Storage. And while it may seem counterintuitive to open up your laundry room to the world, it works wonders for Yasmin's space. READ MORE »

Chris's Well-Edited Home in Atlanta — Small Cool 2016

Like this entry? Favorite it below! Name: Chris Location: Atlanta, GA Square Feet: 710 Division: Little What I Love About My Small Home: Even though my house it small, it feels big to me. The space is very well laid out, and has great closet space and great outdoor areas for entertaining. Show More Summary

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