Shoe storage hack for storing sandals and flip flops

Shoe storage hack for storing sandals and flip flops

As you can see, my entryway is so tiny that there’s barely enough room for the door to open.  My apartment is a “shoes off” zone and I clearly didn’t have any space to store my shoes by the front door. To make space for that, I incorporated some shelves for shoes in the piece of furniture I designed to cover up the A/C unit  (in case you’re wondering, the cane webbing panel comes off...

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Renter-friendly Curtain Rod Bracket – installed with nails!

Renter-friendly Curtain Rod Bracket – installed with nails!

Anyone else hate the look of vertical blinds? When I moved into my LA rental apartment, all the windows had vertical blinds so I had to come up with a way of dealing with them.  For the window by the entryway, I removed the vertical blind slats and replaced them with inexpensive accordion paper blinds (I used $3 SCHOTIS blinds from IKEA). They're not fancy, but they give me the privacy that...

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How to Decorate an Entryway

How to Decorate an Entryway

Looking for inspiration on how to decorate an entryway? I decided to give my entryway a makeover, I covered up an awkwardly placed AC unit, created storage space, vamped up my old vinyl floor, replaced vertical blinds with curtains, and more! Take a look at how I did all this in the video below.  Or if you prefer reading and seeing pictures, I’ve added the entire episode transcript below...

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DIY Faux Fireplace with mantel

DIY Faux Fireplace with mantel

You might have asked yourself, how do you make a fake fireplace? Is it hard to do? Well, this modern DIY faux fireplace that I designed is easy to build and something you can customize to your taste with any electric fireplace insert and with any type of tile surround. And since you build it like a piece of furniture, this DIY faux fireplace is perfect for homeowners and renters alike! ***Do...

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DIY Renter-Friendly Old Vinyl Floor Makeover

DIY Renter-Friendly Old Vinyl Floor Makeover

Looking for a renter-friendly way to give your entryway a makeover? Watch how I changed my entryway floor to give it a fresh new look without taking the original old vinyl floor off and without making any permanent changes! The new floor are made with ram board and include a beautiful compass rose design which I made using a Cricut Maker Machine, it was my first project using this machine and it...

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Home Office Lighting upgrade

Home Office Lighting upgrade

I recently gave my home office a pretty big makeover, which included changing the layout so that my desk would face the window. By attaching a two legged desk to the bookcases, it gave me a decent amount of desk space while at the same time leaving enough room to walk around the desk. I'm loving this new desk setup but the one downside is that the desk area inside the bookcase doesn't get as...

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DIY Coat Rack Light Fixture combo

DIY Coat Rack Light Fixture combo

My apartment has a tiny entryway - it’s only 3ft x 3ft and there’s barely enough room for the door to open! Even though I installed a mirror to make the space look and feel bigger and bring in some light, the space still felt pretty dark, especially in the evening since there's no light fixture. The dark color scheme also didn't help. So I came up with the idea to give the coat rack a new look...

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Home Office Ideas: Hidden Whiteboard with Barn Door

Home Office Ideas: Hidden Whiteboard with Barn Door

While I was redoing my tiny 5’x6’ home office set up, I wanted to incorporate a white board, but do it in a way that it could be hidden when I wasn’t working with it.  So I came up with this idea to build a multipurpose wall panel that would allow me to incorporate a track for a barn door that could easily slide back and forth to cover up the whiteboard. This meant I had to do a bit of...

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Small kitchen ideas: open-shelving mini makeover

Small kitchen ideas: open-shelving mini makeover

One of my most pinned projects is the tension rod trick I used in my kitchen to hang things above the sink - it’s a great way to keep things off the counter.  Another thing I did that totally upgraded my kitchen is to add under-cabinet lighting - it’s so much nicer to cook with good task lighting! The one drawback is that I used 2 different light kits - the one above the sink wasn’t as...

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