Camouflaging a dated bathroom light fixture

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When I was working on giving a friend’s small bathroom a facelift, I needed a quick inexpensive way to update a very dated lighting fixture that also happened to be off-center over the vanity. Since replacing it wasn’t in the budget, I opted for camouflaging the fixture with a DIY light cover that cost … Continue reading

DIY Outdoor Lounging Bench

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While working on my friend Lisa’s balcony, I was looking for a seating option that would maximize seating on her small and narrow balcony (it’s only 4.5 ft wide) and give her a place to lounge with her dog Leo. After looking at a few options, I decided to build … Continue reading

How to organize kitchen cupboards to display china

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A couple of weeks ago I helped my mom move into a new apartment. It’s a wonderful apartment but a bit smaller then where she used to live, so there isn’t enough space for her beloved china cabinet. It housed an exquisite collection of fine china my parents had accumulated over the years, … Continue reading

How to make knobs or drawer pulls

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When renovating a kitchen or bathroom, the cost of changing out the knobs can add up very quickly. The same goes when sprucing up a dresser with new drawer pulls. So I experimented with a couple of different inexpensive ways to make my own, and turns out it’s pretty easy … Continue reading

Small Bathroom Remodel: Easy DIY Tile Backsplash

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As I mentioned in my previous post reviewing Smart Tiles, my friend Tom asked for my help to makeover his small half-bath in his condo. He had a tiny budget of $200 to makeover his equally tiny 20 ft2 bathroom. Luckily he was happy with the neutral color palette so no … Continue reading

Product Review: Smart Tiles

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When I was approached by Smart Tiles to review and try their products, I was very excited because updating kitchens and bathrooms can be quite intimidating. Even the simplest project like adding a tile backsplash can turn into a major undertaking that can be daunting for the novice DIYer. Smart … Continue reading

IKEA HACK: easy DIY pendant lamp with ALANG lamp shade

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My home office is very small and also happens to be in a rather dark corner of my apartment, so having proper lighting was very  important. I considered a desk lamp but given how small  my desk is, I decided to go with a pendant lamp instead.  Since I didn’t any more money … Continue reading

Nine DIY ideas to survive any small kitchen

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I’ve experienced my fair share of tiny kitchens, the smallest of which, by far, was the one in my NYC studio apartment which was only 6 ft x 10 ft. Necessity being the mother of all inventions, I came up with a few ways to make that kitchen more functional, and have since added … Continue reading

Giveaway – Wall Mounted Christmas Tree!

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When you don’t have a lot of space, finding somewhere to put a Christmas tree can be challenging. I’ve tried a lot of different alternatives to the traditional Christmas tree, and for the past couple of years, I’ve been using an IKEA wall hanging that has a Christmas tree painted … Continue reading

DIYZ App Review

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When I was approached to review this new DIYZ app, I was happy to give it a try because I love the idea of an easy to use app that brings together all the elements that you need to carry out a DIY project:  detailed how-to videos with step-by-step written instructions, a … Continue reading

Want to visit my apartment? Take a virtual tour!

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This post is a bit of a departure from what I usually post but I’m really excited to share with you a project I’ve been working on over the past few months. I had been intrigued with VR for a while so I jumped at the chance to collaborate with ImmersaCAD, a … Continue reading

10 ways to customize lighting in any space – no electrician needed!

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When moving into a new home, lighting is one of the key elements to making the space feel warm and inviting. Yet very often, the lighting that exists is less than ideal, something that is especially true of rental apartments. You name it, I’ve seen it, from not enough lighting, to light switches … Continue reading

Seven quick ways to organize a closet

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Every time I move into a new apartment, figuring out how to get the most out of the closet space is always a challenge. And custom closet storage solutions are not really something I want to invest in since I’m renting. So here are 7 of my favorite DIY tricks to … Continue reading

Bathroom vanity upgrade and Paint Giveaway

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I did a lot of upgrades to my bathroom as I showed you in this video tour but the one thing that I hadn’t touched so far is the vanity – the paint was looking very tired and chipped, plus the knobs were very dated and off center to boot!  So I was thrilled … Continue reading

DIY Wall Art with Shells – Bathroom Decorating ideas

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My bathroom is pretty plain with white tiles and white walls which makes it a nice neutral canvas to work with, except for this “vintage” heater that stands out like a sore thumb. With the beautiful year round weather in LA, I never use it and I wanted to find a quick … Continue reading