Our distaste for analog media notwithstanding, it’s always a great idea to have a look at what’s new at IKEA every year, and the annual catalog release is a good time to do it.
Remember the excitement when the [Sears/JCPenney/Delia*s/American Girl/insert your favorite childhood catalog of choice here] arrived? For me, that feeling is still alive and well. Last week, I eagerly awaited a certain special delivery, and I was not disappointed. In my mailbox I found an advance copy of the 2020 IKEA catalog, and today I get to share it with all of you. The catalog theme is Save Our Sleep, and it’s not hard to imagine why they’ve chosen that focus.
Hooks come in handy in many kitchens to keep utilitarian things like pots, pans, and utensils right within reach. They can also serve as a decorative element to turn your best-looking cookware and tools into part of the room’s flare.
But a blank wall is not the only place to hang hooks in your kitchen! Just about any surface will do. Try one of these overlooked places to hang hooks in your kitchen.
Decorating a tiny house? The only way to go is up. Not only does designing vertically create the illusion of a clean, clutter-free space, but it can also trick guests into thinking your home is bigger.
“Store items high and low, and out of the eye-line to make spaces seem bigger,” Spesard says.
Take advantage of the space underneath your bed and couch, and install a hanging pot holder in your kitchen.
They say “tiny house,” but on Russian Hill we know this is de rigeur for “apartment living.”
When it comes to making some of these ideas a reality in your studio or flat, we can help make that happen.
Many of these ideas were the inspiration for the start of Russian Hill Handyman Co. — if you’ve seen the loft bed in Rick’s apartment, you’ll know what we mean.
Two tiny house experts share their best decorating tips.
We give advice on a lot of subjects. Should I conceal the wiring for my wall-mounted flat screen in a rental? Can my ceiling support a ceiling fan? How can I eliminate drafts in my Victorian apartment?
But when it comes to where to take a date on Russian Hill, we defer to the experts over at Eater.
Paying homage to neighborhoods throughout San Francisco, Anchor is leading off the initiative with its tribute to Russian Hill and some custom artwork and apparel. Again from the Anchored in SF site:
We’ve partnered with SF local artist, Amos Goldbaum, to create custom artwork for #AnchoredInSF. During this celebration, you can collect limited edition posters and merchandise that represent the heart and soul of each neighborhood.
Loving Russian Hill as we do, we hope you’ll join us at this neighborhood celebration when it comes around on the calendar.
You see a lot of posts on this site from Apartment Therapy. Though we consider the site a shadow of its former self in terms of scope and layout, we find its audience to be tightly in line with ours — city renters trying to make the most out of their urban homes — and we see value in a lot of the ideas they share.
One of those ideas is how to make improvements to your apartment that won’t conflict with your lease. Have a look at this page for their ideas, and even more in the comments section!
I’ve been in my rented apartment for three years and it’s starting to look a little dingy — water stains from a rainy winter have become a white-wall eyesore, my old bathroom never looks clean, even when it is, and the bedroom carpet has started to lose its newness. I’ve refreshed it in ways that are mostly on the cheap and won’t challenge my lease agreement, and thought I’d share them here.
5. Switch out light fixtures.
For my bedroom I wanted to wake up to something a little nicer, lighter than the cheap brass fixture that came with the place. I hired an electrician to replace it with a George Nelson lamp and will likely hire him again to replace it when I move out. The work cost about $60.
6. Add new hardware.
The cabinet handles that were originally in my kitchen were, to put it mildly, hideous. I swapped those out with simple, modern stainless steel ones from IKEA, and it completely transformed the room. Those can easily go back when I move out, or the landlord can keep mine since they cost so little.
As always, we can help you out with everything on this list and many more!
Some interesting takes on bathroom remodeling from the folks over at Dwell. Never being ones to offer up economical ideas to charge up your living space, they nonetheless bring some exciting ideas to — what some consider to be — the most important room in the house. They say:
Gone are the days of bathrooms simply being utilitarian spaces.
Modern bathrooms can be private sanctuaries with the capacity to both revitalize you for the day ahead, or help you unwind after a long day’s work. If you’re looking to spruce up your bathroom, check out the following remodeling ideas and get inspired for your own project.