life in a tiny apartment.

April 10, 2012


Tip #9: Rotate your goodies.

when we moved to brooklyn last june, we walked into our apartment and were literally stunned at the size. it’s not that we hadn’t seen the place before, but it’s the kind of tiny that i swear looks tinier empty than filled. it was impossible to imagine how we could squeeze all of our worldly possessions into the place.

turns out, we couldn’t. so we compromised. i’m lucky enough to have parents that live not so far away, so a few boxes, mostly of books, went to their attic. we parted with heftier pieces of furniture and the small army of wicker baskets i’d accumulated over the years before we left providence.

the trickiest thing in this spot though, is the artwork. the walls and angles are strange and we have much more height than width, which makes hanging framed works difficult. hung too high, they’re impossible to see, hung too low, they make the small space feel smaller. {did i mention i’m a claustrophobe?}.

mostly we chose to display a few things we love, and slid the others under our bed. to help keep things interesting, i started a little gallery wall. i change it from season to season, covering the dingy “kitchen” wall with an ever-rotating collage of post cards and photographs, wreaths, and garlands anchored by shanna murray’s wall decal. right now? i’m digging the motorcycle mama.

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  • Reply jacquelyn | lark & linen April 10, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    I love this idea. I'm the type to get bored incredibly quickly and the idea of switching things up is very appealing. It's like a mini inspiration board!

  • Reply knack April 10, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    you had me at "rotate your goodies"……:}

    beautiful as always!


    • Reply Erin April 10, 2012 at 2:19 pm

      thank you, barb!

  • Reply Alexa April 10, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    love the idea of rotating photos and prints with the seasons!

    may i ask what tape you use/is it hard to pull off?

    • Reply Erin April 10, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      glad you like it! i use washi tape–it's a japanese masking tape that's very easy to pull off and colorful to boot!

  • Reply Daniella April 10, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    That's the best way to do it! I haven't hung any art in three years, just because I know i'll get bored of it after a while, lol…

  • Reply shanna April 10, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    this really makes me smile, erin. xo

  • Reply Ashley April 10, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    This is a GREAT tip. We also have a small Atlanta apartment. I'm taking this advice. Where's the tape from?

    • Reply Erin April 11, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      so glad you like it! i got my tape from a local stationery shop!

  • Reply Lottie April 12, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    I think the tape idea could really work in my study.

    We have moved somewhere that is bigger but feels smaller, does that even make sense? Probably not.

  • Reply Mary September 20, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Is that a Gwen Frostic postcard? I love her work and have visited her studio several times in northern Michigan. She had a great philosophy to go along with her beautiful pieces.

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