Bar Carts are Still Hot!

Call me old fashioned bar cartBar Carts – A Classy Idea for Home Decor

We’ve discussed the importance of multi-purpose furnishings for small spaces. There are multitudes of multi-purpose pieces but one of the hottest is the bar cart!

Bar carts/serving carts are perfect for almost every room in your home.

Obviously, the bar cart is meant to be..well, a bar cart!

It’ll add a classy touch to your dining or living area. Terrific when you’re entertaining. It’s super easy to move wherever the party is happening.

Even better, it’s excellent storage…especially if cupboard space is lacking.

Here are eight excellent ways to use a bar cart in your home.

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Wabi-Sabi Decorating in 2018

What is Wabi-Sabi?

wabi sabi quoteWabi-sabi is a Japanese decorating trend that’s hugely popular, right now. It celebrates imperfection, authenticity, and a lived-in feeling.

It’s not to be confused with the Danish design philosophy of Hygge (pronounced Hoo-gah) which is all about coziness…warm blankets, comfort food, things like that.

And it’s not to be confused with the Swedish philosophy of Lagom (pronounced Lar-gom) which is all about minimalism.

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Best Small Kitchen Appliances-Part I

Storage Space Saver #1 – Power Air Fryer

(This is the first in a series of space-saving appliances and gadgets that I’ll be trying from time to time.)

I have a new favorite small appliance. It’s my new Power Air Fryer!  (An affiliate link)

Here’s the scoop. I was visiting my daughter and her family this past July and they had one of these Power Air Fryers.

Mostly, they prepared frozen fast food items…French fries, Tater Tots, egg rolls…you get the idea.

It was fast and kept the kitchen cool. No oven required. The kids loved it. Even nine-year-old Kate mastered this appliance. They could have a hot snack at the drop of a hat. I was impressed!

Great for snacks but…

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Best Vacuum Cleaner for a Small Home

The Best Small Home Vacuum Cleaner (A Review)

I’ve had this Shark Navigator Lift-Away vacuum cleaner for about a year and this baby has never disappointed!

All of the following points (from the description on Amazon) are why I love this vacuum:

  • Lift-Away. Press a button to lift the canister away and easily clean hard-to-reach areas.
  • Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology + a HEPA filter. Traps 99.9% of dust and allergens inside the vacuum.
  • Powerful and lightweight. Portable and versatile at only 12.5 lbs
  • Brushroll Shutoff. Deep carpet and gentle bare floor cleaning.
  • Swivel Steering. Excellent control for maneuvering around furniture.
  • The product comes with Wide Pet Upholstery tool, does not have pet power brush

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The Best Gadgets for Small Kitchens

Space Savers for Small Kitchens

Photo of Kitchen Gadgets

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

There are all kinds of space saving utensils, gadgets, pots & pans, tools, etc. to save space in kitchens. These suggestions are my favorites.

If the gadgets or tools you use in your small kitchen are multipurpose, that’s a bonus.

For example, my cast iron skillets…I love them.  I actually have three different sizes. They’re perfect for the stovetop because the heat is conducted evenly throughout the skillet. Plus, they’re easily moved into the oven.

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Best Plants for Small Spaces

The Benefits of Live Plants

Indoors or out, plants are healthy and beautiful additions to all homes but especially small spaces.

Why?

Well, the health benefits are probably the biggest reasons. Plants can purify the air, increase humidity, release oxygen, and reduce levels of carbon dioxide.

Personally, just having live plants in my home makes me happy and relaxed. You’ve all heard that talking to plants is good for them. Well, I believe that.

Did you know…?

Pretty convincing, wouldn’t you say?

Plants are a fabulous way to add visual beauty and warmth to a home.

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Multi-Purpose Storage Ideas for Small Spaces

Multi-Purpose Furniture = Smart Storage = Smart Decorating

It’s true! It doesn’t matter one whit what size room you’re furnishing but it’s especially smart when your space is small.

It’s all about Smart Storage

In the living room, bedroom, study…

  • Small chests make great side tables in the bedroom or living room.
  • A small chest is a good place to store books, magazines, and that remote control that’s forever getting lost.
  • Place a small chest by your front door, hang a mirror over it, add a small lamp and you’ve created an attractive and useful entryway.
  • A basket for mail could sit on top.
  • Mittens, hats, keys, maps, etc. can be stashed in the drawers for use when you need them but out of the way when you don’t.

In the Kitchen…

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Best Wall-Mounted Desks

Best Wall-Mounted Desks

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Space Saving Wall Mounted Desks

(Updated 1/9/2019)

More and more people are starting businesses and side-hustles or opting to work from home (at least part of the time).

When you live and work in a small space it’s important to be able to concentrate on the tasks at hand without sacrificing comfort.

That means you’ll want a workspace that’s big enough for all the tools you need to accomplish your daily goals, small enough to fit in a small room or corner, and comfortable enough to ensure that you’ll work without feeling cramped.

That’s a tall order! Wall-mounted desks are brilliant space-saving options.  If you prefer a standing desk, there are many that can be hung on a wall. I’ve found 4 styles of wall-mounted desks that should be just what you’re looking for.

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Best Organizers For a Small Garage

(Updated 9/21/2018)

Take Back Your Garage!

tidy garage

Today, we’re talking about the best organizers you can use for any garage but especially for a small garage.

How would you like to pull into your garage and be able to retrieve packages from the trunk or back seat and not have to walk sideways to get to the door of the house?  Been there…done that!

Well, it can all happen if you just designate one weekend – maybe even one day – to getting out there and make it happen!

Do you need to declutter?

First things first, of course. If you’ve got a garage full of clutter the first thing you need to do is sort it all out.

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Clever Uses for Shower Caddies

What can you do with shower caddies besides holding soap and shampoo?

(Updated 1/9/2019)

Some time ago I donated two perfectly good shower caddies that I didn’t need since I’ve replaced the showers in both bathrooms and there are shelves integrated into the walls.

Now I see that House Beautiful.com has posted nine clever uses for shower caddies that are pure genius. Wish I’d noticed this before donating mine.

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