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    April 15, 2014
    Locked Down

    I love this distressed-chic refurbished locker I found on Pinterest. The addition of the mirrors in the doors really gives it some razzle-dazzle. I checked around the web for vintage lockers and found some on Etsy (though I’d hate to think what it costs to have them shipped). Overstock also had a surprisingly large selection of new lockers. You’d definitely be better off scouring your local thrift stores and flea markets. See more vintage repurposed lockers here.

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    March 31, 2014
    Sofa Crush

    I love the boxy lines of this Avec Sea Salt Apartment Sofa from CB2. The tufting on the back gives it a touch of traditional class. And then there’s the color. Love, love, loving this ultra-light gray. $1300.

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    March 25, 2014
    Basic Geometry









    When I ran across this gorgeous Zoid Console on Pinterest I expected it to be expensive, but whoa Nelly is it expensive ($24,000)! I had almost forgotten about it when I ran across something with a very similar feel at Urban Outfitters.











    The Magical Thinking Diamond Side Table is just $120. With a little matte gold paint, I think it would be very chic.

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    March 21, 2014
    Steal of the Week: Assembly Home Side Table














    Modern Side Table, marked down to $80 at Urban Outfitters.


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    March 19, 2014
    Up in the Air

    Even though I’m 100% sure owning this would result in my getting a concussion I still really, really want it. Metal Bookcase with Ladder, $600 at World Market.

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    March 18, 2014
    Dollhouse Desk

    I think if I had this amazing dollhouse desk I would get absolutely zero things done ever. It looks like way too much fun. And it’s probably be a pretty good space for a surreptitious nap.Via Mr. Printables on Pinterest.

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    March 13, 2014
    Steal of the Week: Berry Campaign Table

    This super-chic Campaign Side Table from Target caught my eye last year. I thought $80 was a bit steep, but it has now been marked down to $40-$68 depending on the color you choose. Pictured above, the table in Berry for $40.

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    March 7, 2014
    Steal of the Week: Target Drop Leaf Table

    This small-scale drop leaf table from Target is perfect for tiny apartments. It’s got timeless, clean lines and is made from unfinished hardwood. Available online for $95 (if you spend over $125 on select furniture you can get an additional 20% off).

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    March 4, 2014
    In the Swing of Things

    Only in my dreams could I afford this Marbled Swing Stool Table from Anthropologie, but looking is free. $3998 online only.

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    March 3, 2014
    Work in Progress: My Tiny Kitchen

    I recently moved into a tiny apartment in Santa Monica. Tinier than the apartment is its teeny tiny kitchen (seriously, that’s all there is). I’m an avid cook, so I was a little worried about how I could function with eight-ish square feet of counter space, minimal cabinet space, and a compact refrigerator. Did I mention there’s also no dishwasher? There’s no dishwasher.

    Before I moved in, I did a google search looking for small kitchen solutions. What I quickly realized is there is no consensus on what “small” means. When I say small, I mean what you’d find on a houseboat small – and there’s just not a lot of advice about that kind of kitchen. Anyways, I ended up sort of winging it. This is all still a work in progress, but I wanted to share a few of the solutions I’ve found most handy.


    The number one lifesaver has been this Grundtal hanging dish drainer from Ikea ($24), which has kept my valuable counter space clear.

    I also built an additional workspace using an Ikea VARDE 57″ pre-cut butcher block counter top ($80) and metal plumbing fittings (a total of about $100 worth), which I placed over a used Ikea console (missing its sliding door) I bought for $20 at a thrift store. I’m still working on organizing the cabinets and refrigerator, but so far so good.

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