Sometimes necessity brings about the best and most creative ideas. A shortage of space is an inspiring dilemma with potentially great results. In order to make use of absolutely every available space in her apartment, online lifestyle editor Briana turned the open space under the stairs into a home office. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn.
Keep your guests warm and in good spirits with a simple spot dedicated to mixing the perfect cold weather drink. The wrap-around porch of the 2015 HGTV.com Holiday House is the perfect spot to welcome guests for holiday soirees. Upon greeting, invite guests to mix up their own hot toddy to help beat the cold and enjoy the festivities.
Get creative to craft an out-of-the-ordinary wreath that's sure to be the talk of the neighborhood. Cover a foam wreath form with layers of playing cards, adding mounting tape between each layer for a three-dimensional effect. For added color, attach red and green poker chips in one corner to resemble a sprig of holly.
To add life to the living room, the area rug was replaced with colorful carpet squares that also added pattern to the space. The brown pillows were swapped for colorful prints picked up on the cheap from a show house sample sale. To help accommodate up to three guests comfortably, the tiny coffee table was placed into the storage space to make room for a trio of modern nesting tables. For a wallpapered look, an 8-foot-by-4-foot sheet of 3/4-inch foam board was covered with wallpaper and fastened to the wall using double-sided tape.
Simple centerpieces, like glass candleholders and flower arrangements, can be dressed up with layers of cypress tree cuttings. There's no artful arrangement needed; the less perfect the greenery appears, the more natural it looks.
Keep your outdoor buffet well-stocked and tidy by simply draping a linen table cloth over a utilitarian collapsible buffet table. The linen tablecloth will add a more tailored, polished look, and all of the space below can be used to keep drinks, supplies and vessels within arm's reach.
Create one-of-a-kind ornaments from multicolored buttons and thread. Add thread to a needle and knot the end, then slide an assortment of small neutral-toned buttons onto the thread as a tree base. Gradually build a tree silhouette with an assortment of large buttons added along the bottom, medium buttons in the center and smaller buttons near the top. For a tree topper effect, add a small star decoration on the top with looped string as a hanger.
Although the tight living room of Briana and Buzz's Brooklyn loft only has 10-by-12-feet of useable space, it seems open, airy and spacious thanks to a great space plan and a plethora of space saving solutions — some simply practical, others decorative.