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It's the little things



5 simples fixes to the everyday challenges of living in a smaller Salt Lake City home.

 'This is too small of a space to do anything functional.'

A statement that every person who has ever lived in an urban area has said once...maybe twice...okay, probably at least 9 times.  Having lived in a third floor 550 sq. ft. charmer myself, I can relate to such challenges.  Let's face it, as much fun as it sounds, no one wants to be able to use the same piece of furniture to eat dinner on as they do to take a nap on.  However, moving into the Sugar House neighborhoods with scarce open floor plans available is the current debacle that many people face these days.

The key is to multiply the functionality of your pieces.  Create a space plan that keeps all of your elements working together to create an efficient flow of your daily life.  Your home needs to make sense to YOU and how YOU use it.  We all would love to live like the catalogs, but let’s face it:  no one really bathes with 237 flower petals, no one with a toddler owns a white sofa and we most certainly do not have room for a 12-guest dining table!  We need to double the duty of our everyday items and make them work for us.

All it takes is a bit of imagination and some musical chairs with your...chairs!



If your windows are begging for someone to look out of them but there is always a table in the way, make sure to utilize those areas for an extra sitting area.  It will draw the eye through the room to the outside and keep a fresh feeling in the space.   TIP:  You always want to keep the line of sight from door-to-door or door-to-window.  Not only does this follow the basic rules for Feng Shui, but it draws our eye to the source of natural light and thus creating a more open feeling space.


Photos courtesy of Ashley Goforth Design



Try to take the opportunity to use or create built-in bookshelves where you can.  It will allow you to keep a piece of furniture off the floor for a more open flow to your space.  It will also draw the eye to the wall without any interruptions, while giving you plenty of storage space that you didn’t have before.  Added bonus:  throw in some baskets and bins to keep the little things and create a fun pattern at the same time!  


Photos courtesy of Home Esthetics: Architecture, Art & Design



If  your bed frame allows for it, integrating drawers or bins on the underneath of your frame will add just enough extra storage in your room.  Creating a space under the bed for containers to slip into will allow you to keep your stuff handy but hidden.  If you are on the green train like us, utilizing existing pallets will add layers of needed storage, while giving you the creative freedom of painting/staining/covering them in any color you wish!   


Photos courtesy of apartmenttherapy.com



Need to separate a large space?  Use a two-sided bookshelf to create a physical separation while keeping a visual connection.  To create a space with privacy, using fabric draping will create a soft look in your home.  You can also use adjustable panels to create a multi-use space that can be divided into a number of sized spaces. 


Photo courtesy of Yell Design                                                Photo courtesy of apartmenttherapy.com



Combining the Home Office with the Guest Room is a great way to be efficient with the needs of your spaces, while still having the luxury of those extra rooms.  Locating the bed/sofa on a wall, will encourage the ing space to stay in one area of the room.   Using the opposite wall as a desk space, will allow for the wall above to be used for storage and/or a TV for the guest.  If you use a tabletop or deep shelf and affix it to the wall, there will be more room without taking up extra floor space.  Want even more space for your guests?  Put it on hinges and fold it up when not in use!


Photos courtesy of Interior Design Greensborough


 Look around your space:  Is there at least one thing that can be combined with another to create a new two-fold purpose?  Maybe that means eliminating something from your space, to make a bigger impact.  Maybe that means adding one item to your space to take on the job of two.  Take a look at our Pinterest page for some awesome tricks-of-the-trade to utilize in your own home, and in the meantime, move some chairs around!



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