Living in the city, despite all of its glories, can also have some downsides. In urban settings, space is usually at a premium. Many times, you end up trading the size of your house for the convenience of location. With a need to maximize available housing, things tend to go up and not out.
I live in a very urban setting… the capital of Canada. Even though I am not directly downtown, there is still a need to build housing vertically. My house certainly fits that bill. It covers three floors and has two very steep sets of stairs. Three, if you include the ones to get up to my front door! The lack of an entryway, and the set of steep stairs right inside my front door, have really pushed me to think of ways to utilize that space. One of the best ways I have found to date to do this was to paint a giant chalkboard inside the door. (see the original post here) The chalkboard not only draws your eye and attention away from the steep stairs, but provides a space to leave notes and reminders. I have had the chalkboard for a few months now and am loving it! Every time I walk in my door I can’t help but smile when I see it.
Annnd… I am so excited to be able to share with you that I am not the only one that has fallen in love with the whimsical chalkboard! HGTV has included it in an article on maximizing your vertical space! How cool is that?!
You can check it out (and some other beautiful and creative ideas) here…
I’d love to hear (and see!) what you’ve done to maximize your vertical space! Be sure to drop by the Facebook page and post your pictures or leave your comments below.