I recently moved apartments and while it is a slightly bigger space than my previous unit, it is still tiny. And by tiny, I mean I can’t even go through with my plan of purchasing a kick-ass home entertainment system because I’m not sure where to put the speakers unless I place the fridge outside the house 😛 (By the way, if you’re installing a wall-mounted TV, where and how do you hide the cables?)
Nevertheless (and no matter how challenging), it is fun thinking through ways to economize the space (I’m a natural at packing for travel… though not at packing as biology intended us to do, lol. Oops, TMI!) and I get a real sense of accomplishment whenever I get to jam as much stuff into a cabinet and clear my space off trash I never intend to throw away. That’s why when Giles blogged about Real Living Magazine’s Small Space Solutions issue, I knew I had to get a copy myself.
This guide is like a local version of what you see on the very good-looking and one of Time’s 50 Best Blogs of 2010, Apartment Therapy. There are hundreds of blogs and articles out there that offer advice on shoebox-living, but none or very few are catered to Filipino homes and aesthetics. I’ve been flipping through the issue for a week already and every time, I get new ideas for my apartment. While it has not solved my fridge-versus-home entertainment conundrum, I now know what to do for my bedroom, as well as the numerous shoes and books that are the usual puzzlers when it comes to organizing one’s space. I’m also very poor with color combos but the beautiful houses featured in the magazine offer great tips on what colors match.
The magazine is available in bookstores but if you can wait until the end of the month, then join Giles’ contest up on his blog, House of Onika, to win your own copy.