Building a Murphy bed series – Step 1: preparing the cabinet components

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Did you read my first post in this  “how to build a Murphy bed” series? In case you missed it, here’s a recap. I’ve undertaken a new big/small project, transforming a tiny 200 ft2 rental studio apartment into a functional home that reflects the unique personality of its occupant, that easily adapts to change … Continue reading

#Engineeryourspace inspired spotlight: The DIY Drum Shade

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Eight years ago, I created Engineer Your Space and launched my YouTube Channel and blog with 4 videos. One of those videos was titled: “how to make a DIY drum shade” – I wasn’t sure when I published it if anyone would watch a 15 minute video about making a drum shade, and … Continue reading

Building a Murphy Bed Series: Before you start – DIY Options

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If you’ve been reading my newsletter and following me on Instagram, you know that I’ve undertaken a new big/small project, transforming a tiny 200 ft2 rental studio apartment into what I call a “nimble” home: a home that reflects the unique personality of its occupant, that easily adapts to change … Continue reading

#Engineeryourspace Inspired Spotlight: IKEA bookcase Dividing Wall

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I love it when people share the projects they’ve made that are inspired by watching my videos or reading my blog. It’s truly amazing to see all that you’ve created and today is the first of my #engineeryourspace Inspired Spotlight. Every month, I’ll feature a project that one of you has made and … Continue reading

DIY Christmas Decor Ideas: Handmade Stocking Holder

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As some of you may remember, I completely transformed my living room at the beginning of the year by building a faux fireplace, complete with a faux fireplace insert. I’ve been enjoying it every since and now I finally get to decorate it for the holidays! I love hanging stockings … Continue reading

How to add color to a kitchen with a DIY window valence

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Sometimes you have to get creative to add color when you’re a renter. When I was working on a rental kitchen makeover for some friends, I wanted to add a colorful window treatment to coordinate with the temporary peel and stick tile backsplash. I didn’t want to go with curtains because … Continue reading

Product Review: WORX Hydroshot Power Cleaner

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When I was first approached to try out the WORX Hydroshot Power Cleaner, I wasn’t sure I could use it because I live in an apartment and don’t have access to a garden hose faucet. But when I realized that all I needed was a bucket of water to make … Continue reading

Recycled DIY Wall Art

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When I was giving my balcony a makeover, I wanted to reuse what I had as much as possible. I loved the wood tile I had hung on the lattice panels when I originally decorated my balcony but with the new design, I felt it just wasn’t big enough. So to … Continue reading

Home office ideas: whiteboards

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I’ve been working from home for a few years now and one of the things I love to use to brainstorm ideas is a whiteboard. When I lived in my NYC studio apartment, I used a removable Whiteboard Sticker . I liked that the sticker was flush to the wall and that … Continue reading

Quick and easy DIY present idea for Mother’s Day

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I love making gifts instead of buying them and with Mother’s Day right around the corner, I wanted to make something simple but special for my mom.  I got the idea for this project when I spotted these plain Jane wood trays at JoANN’s – they are a nice size … Continue reading

How to hang curtains to conceal vertical blinds

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If you’ve been following me for a while, you know how much I dislike vertical blind and how I’m always looking for ways to get rid of them or camouflage them. However when you live in a rental apartment or in a condo where you’re not allowed to remove them, … Continue reading

My Top 10 favorite Christmas Tree ideas for small spaces

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 I’ve always lived in small apartments so when it comes to decorating for Christmas, I’ve tended to not have a traditional Christmas tree because they take up a lot of floor space.  So I thought I would round up my favorite ideas I’ve seen on the web for Christmas trees … Continue reading

How to do a white wash treatment on natural wood

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I recently took on the challenge of transforming a dark and neglected basement into a creative space for me to use for a few months. I was on a very tight budget for this project but luckily there were a few things left in the basement that I could use or … Continue reading

Get more storage out of a plain bookcase

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I’m a big advocate of making what you have work for you, especially when you can repurpose something without spending too much time or money. This bookcase is a perfect example – it’s very useful to store beauty products and clothes but it’s kind of plain and not very interesting … Continue reading

Budget Rental Kitchen Remodel That is Easily Reversible

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Think you’re stuck with your rental kitchen the way it is and that you can’t do anything to change it? This rental kitchen remodel will change your mind! I had a $500 budget to inject some fun and personality in a generic rental kitchen and to make it more functional … Continue reading