Cole Hardware February Happy Hour

Arguably our most important supplier, Cole Hardware is a neighborhood treasure on Russian Hill. Once a month, they treat their rewards club members to a glass of wine and a $10 discount of a $25-or-more purchase.

— and if you think you don’t need $25 worth of stuff from Cole Hardware at least once a month, you are mistaken. They’ve got awesome stuff.

6 Overlooked Places to Hang Hooks in Your Kitchen | Kitchn

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.

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nk wall is not the only place for a hook!

Source: 6 Overlooked Places to Hang Hooks in Your Kitchen | Kitchn

IDEA GENERATOR : IKEA Built-in Furniture Hacks

We love a good IKEA hack, and there’s not many things we’re better at bringing to life than someone else’s brilliant hack ideas. This set is a near-perfect one for most San Francisco apartments in Russian Hill, North Beach, The Marina, Nob Hill, Cow Hollow, Pacific Heights and Hayes Valley.

Have a look at get inspired:

If you’ve ever watched an episode of House Hunters, you know how built-ins can make a first-time home buyer squeal (on a scale of one to walk-in closets, they’re probably about a seven). And we completely understand how one could go go starry-eyed over a wall of bookcases.There’s just something about their tidy finished look, sturdy structure, and decorative details that make built-ins swoon-worthy.

But of course, like most things on our “someday list,” they’re not exactly cheap to install.However, as many ingenious decor bloggers have demonstrated, when there is a will — and IKEA — there is a more affordable way.

IKEA furniture is known for its “hackability.” The pieces are generally inexpensive, and the fact that they come in a million pieces is actually a plus when you’re trying to customize something for a particular space.Often, with just a little trim, a few extra nails, and a creative eye for design, you can turn what is otherwise a wobbly bookcase or dresser into a beautiful built-in unit.Thinking you might tackle this project in your own home? Take inspiration from these impressive projects:

[ — SEE THE PROJECTS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LINK — ]

Source: IKEA Built-in Ideas – IKEA Furniture Hacks

16 Decorator Tricks for Small Living Rooms

 

Living in an apartment, or in an older home with tiny rooms, can present a challenge: how to make your limited space seem larger. Try these easy home-decorating ideas.

6 of 16: Fake Bigger Windows

Installing curtain rods a few inches below the ceiling instead of right above the window frame will draw the eye upward and make windows seem taller. The same trick works to visually expand a window‘s width, if you hang the rods a few inches past the sides of the panes.

Source: 16 Decorator Tricks for Small Living Rooms and More

Idea Generator : Leather Cabinet Pull DIY Tutorial

Leather Cabinet Pull DIY Tutorial | Apartment Therapy

An easy way to dress up any kitchen is to switch out the dated drawer and cabinet pulls. With so many options out there it can be hard to narrow down the search (and it can be easy to spend much more than initially planned). But have you ever thought of making them yourself? Sarah did just that! After painting her rental’s super basic kitchen cabinets a dark moody color (Behr’s Submarine Grey) she installed her DIY leather pulls and took her bland stock kitchen to a whole new level.

Source: Leather Cabinet Pull DIY Tutorial | Apartment Therapy

AT Idea Generator : DIY Entryway Organizer

From Apartment Therapy:

As renters, we take what we can get, and what we often get are miniscule (or non-existent) entryways and a lack of built-in storage. This multi-faceted organizer has a variety of ways to hang your stuff — coats, bags, and umbrellas — so they are at your fingertips as you head out the door, and stay tidy when you come back in. As a neat bonus, it also has a magnetized area for keys. You can learn how to make one yourself, right after the jump!

Source: DIY Entryway Organizer | Apartment Therapy

RUSSIAN HILL HANDYMAN Co. | 21 March 2012

21 March 2012

This faucet changed my life.

This is the IKEA Hjuvik, which at $239, retails for more than most sofas at the purveyor of Scandinavian domestic melancholy. I wrestled with this purchase for months because I live in a rented apartment on Russian Hill and the thought of dropping the price for a dinner for two at Harris’s on a faucet seemed ludicrous. Well, that was four years ago, and since I purchased this faucet and installed it in my home, I decided that I loved it so much, I should start a full-time residential/light commercial San Francisco handyman business. So, that’s what I did.

Seriously, I mean it when I say that this faucet changed my life.

Since then, I’ve installed no fewer than a dozen of these in San Francisco apartments — for tenants like myself who see themselves spending at least four years in their current homes and realize that a faucet like this one is the difference between tolerating and loving your kitchen.

Plus, you can always take it with you when you relocate, and who doesn’t love the idea of traveling with your own commercial-style sprayer/faucet among their belongings, almost instantly turning every strange, new apartment into “your home.”

As of today — Wednesday — the remainder of this week is booked, but we’re posting new appointments during the week of the 26th. Wow! April is almost here. Q2. How did THAT happen?