organization

ORGANIZATION OVERHAUL

This upper east side family is a family of four (almost 5), two kids with one on the way, and they were running out of space. The option for this family was to reorganize what they currently had, or move to a larger and more expensive apartment. The closet space in this home was fantastic, but just needed some new, creative ideas to maximize the space. Another issue the family faced is that not all of the same types of things were in the same area. The mother's shoes were in the kids room, some of the husband's clothes were in the entertainment center and because of this the flow of the space was not functioning well for the family.

Entry Way

Upon entry to the home there was a bench that was a catch all for bags, shoes, and jackets. The large stroller that had been housed in the lobby in the past was forced by the building to be housed within the apartment making this space critical to change up. We moved the bench to another area of the house, added shelving and bins for each family member, a longer coat rack was installed for coats and we were able to repurpose their old coat rack below the shelves for added storage.  The large double stroller now has room where the bench used to be. The entry closet was reorganized with taller drawers, and a lower shelf to maximize the use of this space. We also added a chic entry table for added storage and an eye-catching piece upon entrance into the home. 

Kitchen

With a fairly small kitchen space we knew that each cabinet had to be used to it's fullest potential. Most New York spaces are lacking functional cabinet space specifically drawers, so with some creativity we were able to make the kitchen function despite it's smaller size. In addition the flow of a kitchen is aided when like elements are stored next to each other and the adjustable cabinet shelves are change to fit the size of the kitchen's items. 

On the wall that contained the stove and microwave pots, pans, and backing sheets replaced miscellaneous backing goods. Drawers were added in the deep lower cabinet to maximize the space. Tupperware and dried cooking goods were aded to the drawers to free up cabinet space on the other side of the kitchen. 

On the opposite side of the kitchen breakfast goods, peanut butter, jelly and honey and a basket of teas replaced spices and miscellaneous food. A set of drawers were again added for easily accessible kids snacks and canned goods for easy viewing. Larger baking sheets were placed on the side of the drawers and sauce pans were nested on top of the drawers. All spices and backing goods were housed in the middle cabinets and the dishes were condensed into one cabinet by adding an additional expanding shelf. And what's the most disorganized part of most homes? Under the sink. This sink got a huge transformation and now all cleaning supplies are easily accessible in drawers within a more economic shelving unit. 

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Living Area

The main living area had a lot of heavier furniture and we opened up this space by reversing their furniture, losing the 2 large shelving units that flanked the TV stand and moving the filing cabinet to a new spot in the home to create an actual office area with shelving. We were also able to feature some beautiful glasswork, family pictures and sentimental items with some new shelves. 

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The hallway that lead back to the bedrooms housed two great additional closets. The linen closet and a very large closet for the husbands clothing and additional storage. We used the bench from the entry way as a place for the husband to put on his shoes and created a beautiful gallery wall to showcase family photos. The husbands clothes which originally were in two separate places were now all in one gorgeous organized area. Baskets made it easy for the linens to stay organized and easily accessible. The shelves throughout the house were labeled for the family and their house keeper for easy upkeep. 

Bedrooms

In one of the bedrooms for two of their children we wanted to maximize floor space. By stacking the bookcases vertically in the kids bedroom and adding shelves we were able to create useful space for the kids to do crafts. The closet also got separate bins for art supplies, a second clothing rod, and some drawers for additional clothing storage. 

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The master bedroom begged for some sophisticated lighting, which we achieved with sleek his and hers floor lamps on dimmer switches attached to their night stands. The wife's closet got a makeover to accommodate sweater storage and late night baby feeding needs. The older children had figured out a way to hang on the shelves by the TV so we replaced the shelves with a corner cabinet to house their book and TV components. This also cleaned up the cords from the TV. 

This apartment has new life and extra space for this family. It just took a little creative organization and a few specific pieces to make this space functional and decluttered. 

Apartment CPR was totally worth every dime spent. I am a mom of two toddlers with a third on the way, busy! I was feeling so claustrophobic in my apartment with the amazing amount of kids clutter we have accumulated!! I was referred to Apartment CPR and am so pleased with how they reorganized our closets and found more space. They even redesigned our living room a bit so it felt bigger. AND MY KITCHEN!! I can find everything now. All the items I use the most are at my finger tips. In general everything in our apartment has a place and we have space to breath again. Ahhh. (That's me breathing, in my apartment!) This is such a big deal for me because I work from home. I really only get out for occasional errands and weekly date night. So a huge THANK YOU to the CPR team!  And a special kudos for working with my kitty in the house riding on their shoulders and my 3 1/2 yr old daughter "entertaining" them.

 

 

TINY APARTMENT BIG LIVING

Spotlight on Lauren Kadel of Apartment CPR!

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Below is a more in depth look at how Lauren and boyfriend, ben got CREATIVE when moving from a 2 bedroom into a studio apartment!

 I alway told myself I could never live in a studio apartment. How can you live and sleep in one room? But when an amazing place in Chelsea presented itself, it was time to put fears aside and dive in head first. It can be daunting to walk into a new apartment, see blank walls and not very much space. Ben and I saw it as a fun challenge to get to fully reimagine tiny living in New York. We wanted to use the space to it's fullest potential and not loose any function from our larger uptown apartment. Every piece that we bought and created not only had to be eye-catching but function on multiple levels. I'm taking you step by step through our process and the fun we had on the way to our beautiful new studio space!

BLANK CANVAS

 Entry Way: Bathroom on Left, Closets on Right

Entry Way: Bathroom on Left, Closets on Right

 His and Hers Closets

His and Hers Closets

 Living Room with a View

Living Room with a View

 Studio Living Space

Studio Living Space

 One Side of Spacious Kitchen

One Side of Spacious Kitchen

 Pass through Kitchen Space with DISHWASHER!!!

Pass through Kitchen Space with DISHWASHER!!!

The first thing we noticed . . . lack of square footage. We couldn't figure out how we were going to make this space work for us. The kitchen, closets and bathroom were great size, but the main living area seemed impossible.

DESIGN IDEAS

From my past apartments I tend to prefer a space with a bit more charm: crown molding, arched doorways, brick walls etc. My usual style is eclectic with mixed patterns, antiqued and weathered pieces, and muted color palates like these examples below. 

Because this apartment had sleek architecture and urban surroundings, it called out for bolder colors and more clean modern choices than what I usually choose. I still wanted to maintain the eclectic look I love while honoring the space. It was also really important to create separate spaces for sleeping and living, so we took to Pinterest to find ideas of how to make this space work with our current style and space saving ideas.  Here are some pictures that we used as inspiration to fuel our imaginations. 

OVERALL DESIGN IDEAS

DUAL FUNCTION SPACES

OFFICE, TABLE AND STORAGE IDEAS

CONSTRUCTION

Once the ideas were flowing we picked out our wall colors. We wanted colors that would make the white accents around the apartment pop. I love damask and wanted to bring that antique feel into the home. To make the damask more modern we chose an easy gray for the allover color and used a bright teal with gray damask to accent the main wall in the living space. Anne is a stencil genius and brought my modern damask to life. I also used a stencil on the back splash of the kitchen for a geometric pattern to juxtapose the damask.

Next we turned our attention to the bed/living room area. We're both fairly handy with some tools, so when we were unable to find ready made pieces to fit the apartment we custom built what we needed. 

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The platform was built to accommodate the main living seating, which sits opposite of a mounted TV. The foot of the platform becomes the headboard for our Queen sized bed. For additional storage a secondary space rolls out to the right of the bed. The murphy table can easily seat 4 people and when it's not being used creates a fun piece of art for the apartment.

FINISHING TOUCHES

 Overall flow of the space

Overall flow of the space

 Living Area with L shaped seating and storage ottoman.

Living Area with L shaped seating and storage ottoman.

 Mounted TV sits opposite of the sitting area. Cords from the TV are hidden in the added molding around the pass through kitchen. 

Mounted TV sits opposite of the sitting area. Cords from the TV are hidden in the added molding around the pass through kitchen. 

 His and hers closets are highly organized for personal space and storage.

His and hers closets are highly organized for personal space and storage.

 Pullout Queen Bed in it's "sleeping position"

Pullout Queen Bed in it's "sleeping position"

 Custom made desk and shelves create a separate office space.

Custom made desk and shelves create a separate office space.

 A tall locker is added to the spacious bathroom to hold towels and toiletries to keep the space clean and functional.

A tall locker is added to the spacious bathroom to hold towels and toiletries to keep the space clean and functional.

 The finished table is an eye-catching piece of functional art work. The art is printed canvas' and has velcro to be interchangeable.

The finished table is an eye-catching piece of functional art work. The art is printed canvas' and has velcro to be interchangeable.

 When the table is folded down it comfortably seats 4.

When the table is folded down it comfortably seats 4.

 The wide windows received custom Roman Blinds to add color and texture to the space.

The wide windows received custom Roman Blinds to add color and texture to the space.

 The blinds are able to be drawn up so the view is not compromised. 

The blinds are able to be drawn up so the view is not compromised. 

Bright colors and interesting accents leave our space eclectic, inviting, and shockingly spacious in one of the best locations in New York City. We couldn't be more happy with how our space turned out. It inspires me to think outside the box with all of our clients.