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10 Buys That Will Transform Your Small Space

Are you looking for some ideas to transform your small place? Trulia came up with great ideas to help you with your DIY projects.

From closet space to bathrooms, you could even get down and dirty and build these yourself. There is nothing wrong with a little DIY project.

1. The utility cart

Utility carts are perfect for storage and can doubled as end tables. Because they are on wheels, they can be moved to wherever the party is. IKEA’s Raskog cart is a classic that’s beloved by style bloggers.


2. Sheepskin throws

A sheepskin throw is in every fashion magazine. The stylish throw gives your home a trendy look. They are an easy, inexpensive way to add a touch of luxe to just about any space. Talk about fancy!


3. Poufs and floor pillows

Have a few poufs or floor pillows on hand for impromptu get-togethers. When not in use, they can easily be stashed under a table or stacked in a corner.

4. Mirrors

Mirrors make your space instantly feel lighter and more open. Mix a few with ornate frames into a gallery wall, hang one in a narrow hallway, or lean a floor-length mirror in a dark corner to brighten things up in a flash.


5. The floating shelf

Floating shelves are a great way to save space. You can hang them to hold books or frames and you’ve got yourself floor space for a little couch or table.


6. Potted plants

Potted plants make your place feel less awkward because they fill that empty space.


7. Lidded baskets

A chic little lidded basket will hide all manner of sins — anything from shoes to mailing supplies. Stash a set of baskets under a coffee table or a bench, or stylishly stack a few in an unused corner.


8. A classic bench

An entryway bench gives you that feeling of complete. You can use it to sit on when putting your shoes on right next to the front door.


9. Wall-mounted storage

This wall art organizes your life. From your mail to setting up it as a bar, this purchase is worth it.


10. Lacquered boxes

A perfect storage solution in a kitchen or office, colorful lacquered boxes will stylishly hold tea bags, office supplies, batteries, or sewing supplies, and they’re pretty enough to stack on a counter.



All of these hacks will make your life a bit easier! Try them out for yourself.



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5 Trending Chicago Homes on Instagram

Our team at Preview Chicago turns to our favorite social platform, Instagram, for the latest in design trends and hottest homes in Chicago. (Follow along and join us at @PreviewChicago!)

Here’s a look at our most-liked posts this summer, featuring Chicago area homes — all for sale on the real estate market now.


See the Top 5 Trending Chicago Homes, currently for sale…


4141 Forest Avenue

This suburban dream home is a huge hit with our followers — and we can see why. From its ultra cool white and black kitchen, to the grasscloth clad dining room, this Western Springs home has style. Check out the floating three story staircase, which starts at the top floor and cascades down to the full basement.

For more information, contact Lindsay D’Aprile at 312-590-6419

LIST PRICE: $1,749,000 (4 Bedrooms / 5 Bathrooms)


2245 N. Seminary Avenue

Located on Seminary Avenue, this Lincoln Park 6-bedroom single family home is currently on the market — and beautifully appointed in tasteful and top-of-the-line finishes. Every room is eye catching, but we can’t help but notice: the bathrooms. Each of the four (and a half) bathrooms has a unique, chic design.

For more information, contact Emily Sachs Wong at 312-286-0800

LIST PRICE: $2,795,000 (6 Bedrooms / 4.5 Baths)


1138 N. Hoyne Avenue

This 5 bedroom single family home in Wicker Park is newly remodeled and furnished by Chicago-based designer, SuzAnn Kletzien. Inside you’ll find luxury finishes and top-of-the-line craftsmanship, with accents of black, ivory and gold throughout. The home spans a 48 foot wide parcel with over 5,000+ square feet of living space, plus an attached 2 car garage, full side yard and rooftop deck.

For more information, contact Jeff Proctor at 773-517-6026

LIST PRICE: $2,950,000 (5 bedroom)


1508 W. Byron Street

Step inside this stately brick home to enjoy spacious living areas and a stunning white kitchen, complete with custom cabinetry and attractive stone accents. The eat-in chef’s kitchen offers luxury appliances, an oversized island with breakfast bar, plus a butler’s pantry.

For more information, contact Chris Fixler at 847-340-4943

LIST PRICE: $2,395,000 (6 Bedrooms / 5.2 Bathrooms)


1514 W. Henderson Street

Located along Southport Corridor in Lakeview, this six bedroom home is filled with sophisticated finishes throughout, including extensive millwork and built-ins. Inside you’ll find a spacious professional-grade chef’s kitchen, complete with a custom paneled Sub Zero fridge, Wolf stove, oversized island, butler’s pantry and separate breakfast area.

For more information, contact Carrie McCormick at 312-961-4612

LIST PRICE: $1,995,000 (6 Bedrooms / 4.2 Bathrooms)


Which home is your favorite? Tell us @PreviewChicago!




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3 Creative Closet Hacks for Bedrooms Without Them

Closet Hacks for Chicago-Sized Bedrooms

Renting in the city means sometimes settling for smaller spaces without all of the amenities. With so little vacancy, looking for a two bedroom apartment can turn into renting a one bedroom plus den. Closet space is a relentlessly sought-after amenity, but never fear! We’ve found 3 closet hacks for the savvy Chicago renter with closet-less bedrooms.

Fun(ctional) furniture

closet hacks

Gone are the days of conventional dressers and wardrobes. If a piece of furniture is going to play a major design role in your bedroom, find something you’ll enjoy looking at every day. Try a glass front cabinet for an even more spacious look.


Garment Racks

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Garment racks have become the icon for minimalist closets. They come in a wide variety of colors and styles, as well as price ranges. Garment racks can be packed with as much or as little clothing as you’d like, but for a cleaner look, go with as little as you can. Color coordinating is a very popular look when it comes to styling a garment rack. Have too many busy colors and patterns for your liking? Designate a drawer for your wilder items.

Wall-Mounted Shelving


Installing shelves is a task that can seem daunting, but should not be feared. Shelving is easy to install and can completely upgrade the look of a room — not to mention add a lot of storage.


Last but not least, you can combine all three ideas: Furniture, hanging racks, and shelving. All so easy to create in your own room.

Photos and Info courtesy of freshome