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    Woman living in tiny apartment shares how to make your home look bigger with DIY hacks

    Chelsey Brown, 27, rents a 520-square-foot studio in New York City and loves to share ideas to help people who want to maximise their living space. She also wrote a book and launched a blogChelsey Brown rents a small apartment in NYC (

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    A woman who lives in a small studio flat has shared some tips to make your home look bigger thanks to ingenious DIY hacks.

    Chelsey Brown, rents the 520-square-foot property in New York City and loves to share ideas to help people who want to maximise their living space.

    The 27-year-old, who works as an interior decorator, buys second-hand furniture and uses DIY decor which makes her home look bigger than it actually is.

    Ms Brown – author of ” Rental Style ” and founder of the blog City Chic Decor – also invests in tall mirrors and moves around furniture to make space around the house.Chelsey says placing a couch in the centre of the room can make the space look bigger (


    One of her recent DIY hacks was placing an oversized gold mirror against the wall in the entrance with a $5 (£3.50) LED strip that changes colours behind it.

    She also uses the mirrors to hide large items such as large artwork or bags.

    Among her favourite upgrades are the sconces on either side of her bed, she explained in a blog post.The interior designer says mirrors help open up the space (


    Ms Brown told the Insider she decided to get into the design industry as she felt like there was not enough information around on how to decorate interiors, in particular when it comes to rented homes.

    She said: “It was bizarre to me that there was little-to-no content on decorating rental spaces when I lived in a city where practically everyone was a renter.”

    When she moved into her flat, which costs $3,000 (£2,115) per month, she used a teal-coloured wallpaper to decorate the inside of her front door which can be removed easily and does not damage the original door.She has used a peel-and-stick wallpaper to decorate her entrance door (


    She also transformed her kitchen by using marble-printed contact paper.

    Giving advice to anyone who might be looking for ideas to maximise their space in a small flat, Ms Brown recommends floating your sofa rather than leaning it up against the wall.

    This, she says, can make the space “feel less like a studio and more like a larger home”.

    Chelsey also added some wooden panels behind her TV that give the space more character.

    To separate her bedroom area from the rest of the apartment, Ms Brown used a room divider.

    She also used more peel-and-stick wallpaper and set up a gallery wall with her favourite paintings which make the space seem like a separate room.

    She told her 52,000 followers on Instagram : “One of the coolest DIYs I’ve done is hang artwork on the ceiling.

    “This was honestly just a test to see if I could successfully do it (remember, not all DIYs work out!), and now that I know I can, my next apartment will probably look like Versailles.

    “This is a great hack if you have shorter ceilings, as the artwork draws the eye-line upwards and created the illusion of a larger space.”

    To follow Chelsey Brown’s hacks, have a look at her Instagram profile.

    Sarah Beeny’s 100 DIY Jobs

    Sarah Beeny’s practical good sense and expert eye, combined with her natural warmth and energy, are familiar to fans of her hugely popular TV programmes. Her down-to-earth attitude and expert knowledge, gained at the coalface of house renovation, inform her approach to DIY and, in 100 DIY Jobs, she shows exactly how to tackle 100 most common household jobs. For each, a comprehensive tool list is given, followed by clear, step-by-step instructions, and precise technical illustrations for those jobs that need a little more clarification. From the smallest tweak – such as fixing a squeaky door, or dealing with a dripping tap – to more advanced weekend projects such as tiling a bathroom wall or fixing a skirting board, Sarah’s advice eliminates any uncertainty. Every area of the home is covered, from Bathrooms and Kitchens to Floors, Walls and Ceilings and Doors and Windows. For those who’ve recently inherited wooden floorboards, there is advice on filling gaps, sanding them down and bringing their natural beauty to the fore. In a chapter on Painting and Decorating, traditionalists can embrace the new vogue for classic wallpaper while tricky painting jobs that involve obstacles such as radiators are demystified. With its wealth of practical information and clear illustrations, this guide provides a key reference for every homeowner, and an essential item for any Sarah Beeny fan.

    “synopsis” may belong to another edition of this title.Review:

    ‘Can’t fit a shelf or fix your noisy pipe? Fear not, as our property expert is on hand to help you tackle to most common household jobs, step by step…A must for every homeowner.’–At Home, Thursday 1 April 2014

    ‘Indespensible, comprehensive, authoritative and up-to-date reference guide.’ –Bookseller Buyer’s Guide, 1 February 2014

    ‘Brush up on your household maintenance or learn how to tackle small jobs that you’ve been putting off with this practical DIY guide. Not only is each task broken down into simple steps with clear instructions, there’s also a comprehensive tool list, showing you at the start what you’ll need with advice to help avoid common mistakes. Whether blitzing smaller problems, such as a squeaky door or a dripping tap, or tackling a larger project, such as laying flooring. 100 DIY Jobs is packed with know-how, plus shows how to perfect techniques that you’ll use again and again.’ –Real Homes magazine, July 2014About the Author:

    Sarah set up her own property development and investment companies at the age of 24. With her business a success, Sarah was approached to be the presenter of Channel 4’s prime time show: Property Ladder. She went on to present Property Ladder for seven series. She has now fronted many other shows such as Pay Off Your Mortgage, Streets Ahead and Britain’s Best Home, as well as being a regular contributor to magazines such as Homebuyer, New Woman and At Home. She is a regular columnist for The Sunday Times and is the author of several bestselling books, as well as writing a blog for Sainsbury’s Little Ones site. She is also a columnist for The Sun on Sunday.

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