How many times have you been shopping, seen something beautiful, or cool or cute or on sale, snatched it up, and then later realized you didn't really love or need it? Learning to shop conscientiously, or not at all, is liberating, better for the environment, and essential if you live in a small space. Here are some of the things we've learned on our own journey. Before you set foot in a supermarket, mall, or any other store, have a clear objective and a shopping list ... and stick to it! If you're the type of person who just can't resist a spontaneous shopping trip, keep a master list of things you are 'Allowed' to buy in your wallet or smartphone at all times. You can still have fun shopping, but the point is to refrain from extraneous purchases. How, where, and by whom was it made? How long will it last, and will it biodegrade someday or sit in a landfill? Also consider such questions as, Do I truly love this? How exactly would it enrich my life? Will I feel the same in a year, or even a decade? Before purchasing something on sale or at a discount store, ask yourself whether you would buy it if it weren't on sale. Is it on your list? Do you need it? What makes it a 'Good deal'? Once you get to the store, there's no need to meander; stick to the section(s) relevant to your list, make your purchases, and leave. Not only are you living simpler and saving money, but you're also saving time! Participate in activities that don't involve shopping. Do you have any other tips for buying only what you love and need?
COLOR INSPIRATION: When my partner of 17 years and I split, he kept the house, but I kept the attached shed in the back yard, and converted it into a 180-square foot retreat where I could spend may days. GO TO DENIS' ENTRY PAGE AND ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos, get tips on how to use color, make a comment, select the room as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The rooms with the greatest number of favorites in each division at the end of the initial round go on to the finals. You can choose as many rooms as you like as favorites, so be sure to check back each day for all the new entries - the more favorites you find, the better!
Q: I am looking for an 8- to 12-seater extendable, rectangular dining table that will go with my orange chairs. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Newleaf in the comments - thanks! Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.
Christina on the Upper East Side has a Knoll Half Round Office Desk that's in great shape and a perfect space saving office solution for someone's apartment. Knoll is top quality, so you can be sure this is solid and will last a good long time. Apartment Therapy New York Furniture Classifieds are open for your business in the NAV BAR. They are local and JUST DECOR. Post a particularly good thing, and we'll highlight you here on the front page.
When you have a small kitchen with limited storage space, finding a place for a full pantry can be a dilemma. Certain items - tea, coffee, sugar, salt ndash; need to be readily available, and while those sets of kitchen canisters are great in theory, who can afford to waste valuable real estate keeping them on the counter? Got some glass or plastic jars about to be tossed into the recycle bin? Wait! There's a solution that we remembered from our childhood that's not only a great space saver, but it's a great way to use jars that might otherwise go towards recycling. Once you've devoured the contents of a plastic or glass jar, clean the inside thoroughly, remove the label and let dry. Nail, Crazy Glue or use magnets to secure the jar lids to the under side of a shelf. Design*Sponge has a full tutorial if you want to go the 'Screwing the lids to the shelf' route; if you're all thumbs, you might want to go the magnetic route via this tutorial on Instructables by a resourceful Parsons student, Garrett Tillman.
Last week we saw Gregory featured on the New York Times, where he spoke candidly about living minimally with tech. Though primarily due to a constrained budget at the time, in time has morphed into an ongoing lifestyle. In the spirit of living like a technophile-minimalist, we'd like to open it all up to our readers. Do you consider yourself an electronics aggregator or one that carefully plans out an entire spreadsheet of plus/minuses before adding another piece of technology into their life? Personally, I have a hard time myself keeping my purchasing fingers off that Checkout button online when it comes down to consumer goodies. I tend to purchase a number of different headphones, but use my desktop speakers to listen to my music about 90% of the time. This observation only came about after the fact, so I guess it could be considered a worthy investment in the spirit of self-acknowledgment of a personal headphone addiction, yeah?
Q: What are some ways to add more wall space when there isn't enough? There is a partition wall in my living room that isn't long enough for my furniture. I've tried numerous combinations, and the furniture either extends beyond the wall or seems to just float with no anchor to anything. I'm open to rearranging, adding or taking away furniture. Maybe I could make better use of the wall where the hallway door is? Add floor to ceiling bookcases at the end of tje partition wall? The entire living room/dining room is begging for suggestions. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Brenda in the comments - thanks! Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.
We love this rammed earth construction by Terra Firma Rammed Earth Builders. It's uncommon enough to see on a home's exterior. Would you believe you can also use the material in bathrooms? Check it out after the jump.... All photos are from the Terra Firma Rammed Earth Builders' portfolio. Look at the one with the 'Fish fossil' on the wall. The shape was put into the formwork for the wall, leaving a 'Prehistoric' imprint behind.