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When designing your apartment, the master bedroom is usually the room many people consider the most important. After all, this is your space to get away and relax, it only makes sense that you would want it to be perfect. Well, one way to do that is to have a custom made headboard.

Now I know, I know, the term “custom-made” can seem scary (read: expensive), but it doesn’t have to be. All it takes is a little creativity and you can have something that is beautiful, unique, and a perfect extension of your personality.

Old boat oars add a charming touch:


Wall art makes a dramatic statement:


This wooden design is both masculine and elegant:


Offset pillows make a modern and unique statement:


A shelf with picture frames supports a floating, tufted headboard:


Elegant and feminine:


Privacy panels come in a variety of shapes and colors, and almost always can be used as a creative headboard:


An old sign makes this headboard quirky and original:


Painted with chalkboard paint, this headboard serves double duty. What a great way to leave messages for your loved ones in the morning!

What do you guys think?


While New York may be well known or it’s abundance in culture, nightlife and much, much more, there is one thing that New York is extremely scarce…space. Many people moving to New York are doing so from a place where the cost/foot of space in an apartment or house was much lower, and seeing exactly how far their budget can go when it comes to square footage can come as a bit of a shock.

No worries though, if New Yorkers are one thing it is space efficient. All you need to do is rework how you think of storage, so here are five space-saving tips that will put your mind at ease:

1.) Think vertical. While the amount of space around your feet may be small, many people will be pleasantly surprised when it comes to ceiling height, so why not take advantage of it? Purchase (or build) shelving units that go all the way up to the ceiling. Install cabinetry on top of a pantry. If there is already storage on your wall and it doesn’t go all the way up extend it. You want to use every square inch of your apartment, and reaching up to the ceiling is a very useful way to do it. And speaking of the ceiling…


2.) Use the ceiling. Ceiling storage may seem a bit odd, but why not? It’s extra space that you could use. Even something as simple as using hooks and fishing wire to create a bit of a “net” is incredibly low cost and very effective, and covering the bottom of the “net” with a fabric in the same color as your ceiling would make it seamlessly blend in. Or, leave it uncovered so allow yourself to see exactly what is up there.


3.) Install Velcro or magnetic strips. These are low cost, easy to install and incredibly efficient. Instead of taking up valuable space on the floor or on a desk with bowls and storage bins, use your walls to hang things up quickly. Use a magnetic strip for pesky loose bathroom supplies like bobby pins or tweezers, and use a Velcro strip for things like children’s toys. Even putting it at a height they can reach will be mean they hang up their toys on their own.


4.) Install a tension rod. Tension rods can work wonders in a small space. Just think of your closet. While there may be shelving on either side, what about the extra few feet about where your clothes are hanging? In New York, that extra footage needs to be put to good use. So by installing one tension rod deep in the closet and close to the ceiling, and then another at a lower, shallower spot, you’ve essentially just doubled your hang-able closet space.


5.) Take advantage of hidden potential. There are places all throughout your apartment that you could use for storage and one of these places would be under the bed. In this day and age there are countless beds made with built-in storage. Unless you’re planning on using the first few feet from your ceiling down for storage, consider purchasing a bed that sits a few feet off the ground and use the underneath for storing shoes, seasonal decorations, art supplies, you name it!


What ways can you think of that maximize your home’s storage potential?


Ah, the dream of owning a home. It’s a familiar concept to a great many of us, and especially in a happening city like New York. And while the idea of buying a beautiful, turn-key apartment in a trendy downtown area may seem like the perfect package, the price-tag of such an apartment tends to be not quite as dreamy. As a result, there has been a rising interest in purchasing a home in less than perfect condition with intent to renovate it on your own dime and on your own time. In some cases, this can work out pretty well if you are decently handy around the house. For the rest of us though, without 10+ years carpentry experience, we can find ourselves in hot water faster than we thought possible.

So when deciding on a fixer upper, here are a few things to keep in mind. If your potential apartment or house shows any of these characteristics, it may be time to look elsewhere.

1.) Does the house have lasting damage? Sure that little crack in the foundation may seem like a minor problem, but it could be enough to condemn your home in the future. Then again, that little crack may just be a crack in the paint, which is really nothing to worry about. A flat roof? Termites? Dust and mold? Even a rat infestation may take hours and hours (read: dollars and dollars) of man power to eradicate. It’s well worth it to hire an inspector beforehand to make sure you know what you’re getting into, and for the most of us, these are problems too big to solve ourselves.


2.) What condition are the elements of the house in? Namely, the cooling and heating elements. Along with your first inspection, but sure to have an HVAC professional come in to take a look at the condition of your furnace and pumps. What’s even more important though, is that they check to make sure everything is connected and functioning! As sad as it is, telling the future homeowner the furnace is brand new often proves to be enough to ease their minds. Later though, this poor guy would come to learn that any pipes leaving the house aren’t attached to anything, meaning any kind of hookups (usually a couple thousand dollars) are going to be coming out of his paycheck.

3.) How much time can you realistically spend doing these repairs? Make sure you think long and hard about these possibilities. Just because you work from home doesn’t mean you have loads of free time to spend renovating your bathroom, and regardless of how much experience you have doing these things that doesn’t mean you have the extra time to do it now. In addition, how long will you be able to live with this part of your home temporarily out of order? Is there a shower at your gym you can use while yours isn’t functional? Is that gym 40 minutes away? This brings me to my next point:

4.) Are the cost of the renovations worth what you’re saving in the original cost? Scoring a great deal is one thing, but scoring a great deal on a bare and broken shoebox is quite another. Draw out your budget beforehand so you know what your maximum price is for a turn-key home and what your maximum price is for a fixer upper (materials, workers, etc). Also keep in mind your intended quality of living. If you like things a bit more luxurious than the average homeowner, be sure to account for it in your budget.


5.) When can you move in? If the work means you won’t be able to move in for a few weeks (maybe a few months) can you afford to pay for two places at once? If so, how long? Renovations often uncover other issues the homeowner was unaware of, meaning the time table tends to be longer than expected.

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What are you wary of in a fixer upper?