janet lee: my nameis janet lee. we are actually in my apartmentin lower manhattan. it’s my little nutshelldecorating lab. and the basis of myblog and book. in 20 years, i’ve lived inabout a dozen small space apartments. but along the way, i really haveroad tested what works and what doesn’t forsmall space living. so i’m always fighting the goodfight against clutter.
so as soon as i walk in thefront door after a long day, my mail lands here. and these are just rubberboating straps. i always like to useuntapped design resources ’cause it’s cheap. and also it gives yourspace a unique touch. so in my one bedroom apartment,i created all these different living zones so thatthere’s a nice flow and a sense of dimensionin the space.
and this kitchen flows rightinto the living room, so i wanted to give it avisual division. and i did that by usingcaviar tins. they’re brand new, so ididn’t have to deal with the clean up. but i liked using them as acollection to make a real bold style statement on this wall. i guess i got kind of crazyabout chalkboard paint, ’cause it really comes in allthese vibrant colors.
i didn’t know that. i used it for my back splash. and since i like typography somuch, that is actually an equations for a hard-boiledegg. so every time i look atit, it makes me smile. so my first approach here inthis apartment was with color. and i actually went dark andchose grays for the wall. but by choosing a cooler coloron the color wheel, it actually tricks the eye intothinking that walls recede and
go further back thanthey really do. and so my living room doeslook a little larger than it really is. right here is my living roomslash home office, and it has to really functionas a home office. this is a six foot desk wherei do all of my work at home, all my blogging. it doubles as a buffettable for parties. it doesn’t take up visual realestate, because it is clear.
when i moved into thisapartment, it had no architectural interest at all. it was pretty much afeatureless box. i’m a renter, and most rentershave these ugly folding closet doors. i decided to use artist’sstretcher bars to create my own paneled moulding onthe closet doors. and i used removable picturehanging strips so i can take it with me when i moveto my next space.
so we’re in my bedroom. and the ceilings arereally high. i liked keeping it white, but iwanted to have a little bit of dimension and arton the walls. so i found this really greatartist, his name is tord boontje and loved his paperdie cut curtain. so i hung a couple panels onthe wall with just a few tacks, so that i can takeit with me when i leave. shoes just seem to takeover my space.
so i am always looking forstorage solutions, and one of them is to hang themon the wall. all my favorite pairs hangon these lightweight polyurethane strips. i hang them with removablepicture hanging strips. it’s strong enough to holdthe shoes without any damage to the walls. i created my own floor lampsout of wall decals. the trick here is the factthat i found out from my
hardware store that a flashlightwall caddy fits a lamp cord perfectly. and there you have it, 3d floorlamp that takes up zero floor space. and voila! i really try to fight clutteralong the way. but i realized i have to createstorage solutions that look great and are reallyeasy to maintain or i’m not going to do it.
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