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33 Insanely Clever Things Your Small Apartment Needs

Courtesy of Buzzfeed.com

From Buzzfeed’s article “33 Insanely Clever Things Your Small Apartment Needs”, with thanks to Katy Wolk-Stanley, The Non-Consumer Advocate for pointing it out.  Because sometimes, especially when you live in a really small space, you just need some things to make life easier, and these clever items do exactly that.

Not all of the items shown in this Buzzfeed post are beautiful, but they are all divinely functional and useful, especially in a small home, and wonderfully carry out the “useful” part of the mandate of the fabulous William Morris, who opined that one should “[h]ave nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”  This mantra of the Arts & Crafts movement has been a touchstone for designers and style mavens ever since.  Personally, I believe that as much as possible should be both beautiful and functional.  There’s simply no need to sacrifice style for practicality.

A few prime examples of practicality from this terrific post (that also happen to be beautiful and/or unobtrusive – because this is, after all, a blog about interior design, and aesthetics definitely matter!)  include the following:

Vertical Wine Rack

Vertical Wine Rack, courtesy of Buzzfeed.com and wayfair.com

Under Cabinet Knife Drawer

Under Cabinet Knife Drawer, courtesy of Buzzfeed.com and americanwoodworker.com

Couch Arm Wrap, via Buzfeed.com and Etsy.com

Couch Arm Wrap, via Buzfeed.com and Etsy.com

If you’re ready to create a beautiful home that is also tremendously practical and functional for your lifestyle, whether your style is contemporary or traditional, and you’re not into doing it yourself, please drop me a note to get started!

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From time to time, I come across some extraordinary antique finds and showcase them here on my blog.  This is one of the more unusual and important chandeliers I’ve seen, and is in flawless condition.  Scroll down past the description for closeup views, which show the detailing and sparkle.

The famed Salviati company was instrumental in the revitalization of the Murano glass industry in the 19th century, starting with the development of a method of making mosaics with glass (tesserae), which subsequently found their way into some of the most important and well-known buildings in the world, including the dome of St. Peter’s in Rome, l’Opera in Paris, the Houses of Parliament in London.  The company is also credited with the rediscovery and preservation of flameworking (lampwork), aventurine glass (also called goldstone), and opal glass.

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One of a kind amber crystal chandelier designed by Giulio Salviati (1843-1898) and manufactured by the Salviati company in Murano Italy.  This chandelier is the only one known in existence made by Giulio and it was part of the Salviati museum in Venice Italy until removed about 30-35 years ago by the gentleman the present owner acquired it from in Venice.  The gentleman that acquired the piece from the museum lives right across the street (main canal) from where the Salviati museum used to be and had it installed above his dining table that oversees the Grand Canal.  The piece has remained untouched since installed and is in mint condition with no pieces missing, and is fully functional.  The chandelier is currently in a warehouse in Italy; please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery.

Price Upon request

Condition
Excellent original condition; no pieces are chipped, broken, or missing.

Measurements
83″ high x 67″ diameter at the widest point (height does not include the chain or rod)

Specifications
Number of items: 1
Materials/Technique: Amber Murano Glass and Crystal
Creator: Salviati

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Item source and information believed to be reputable and accurate, but authenticity not guaranteed by Hoechstetter Interiors.

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Post Line Flat Extension Wire by Chen Ju Wei

Few things are uglier – or more dangerous (especially to the elderly and disabled) – than extension cords running across the floor to reach distant, inconvenient outlets.  In the ideal world, of course, we would install new local outlets, including in the floor, right near where they are needed, but this isn’t always possible for one reason or another, including budget and renting one’s home rather than owning it.  Wouldn’t it be great to be able to find a cord that is completely flat, and would not bulge up and create a tripping hazard, even under a rug?

This brilliant design by Chen Ju Wei would solve this problem elegantly.  Too bad it’s only a concept – at least for now.  Let’s hope it actually gets into production soon.  The geometric pattern of the wiring is even beautiful enough to leave exposed if out of the way enough.   I could even envision making some deliberate design elements out of a few of them together.

Click on the image above for some additional photos and information.

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