Monday, April 16, 2012

Please Vote for the Rabbithole…Small Cool Contest 2012 at Apartment Therapy

Click here to vote:  The Rabbithole at the Small Cool Contest 2012!  Just" Favorite it"  in the box after the photos!

GO ASK ALICE……I THINK SHE KNOWS….What an awesome apartment the Rabbithole has become!!!
The lights of the Big City have a tremendous pull and our daughter Michelle succumbed in the summer of 2010.  She quit her job at Quiksilver, rented her home, entrusted her beloved Beamer to a good friend, left southern California and headed to the bright lights of the Big Apple.  After much searching, she found the perfect abode in West Village, all 300 square feet and only up one flight of stairs with beautiful hardwood floors, high ceilings, good light and not one hanging closet. And so the Rabbithole was born!
LIvingroom with windows
The Rabbithole even came with a ornate marble fireplace.  The intricate crown molding in Michelle’s bedroom is to die for.
Bedroom Ceiling Trim
Even with all its delightful details, the next step was figuring out how the make it all work in that small space. It has been a marvelous adventure for Michelle, her step-dad Papa Gar and me!  We have been making the trip to NYC from sunny Florida about every three months since August 2010 and each trip brings a new project!
Our first endeavor was how to fit a full size bed, dresser, shoe storage, and a closet into a 6’x 9’ area.  Luckily, the Rabbithole is in a prewar building with gorgeous moldings and high ceilings so we were able to get creative and use the vertical space also.  These are some photos of the bed unit that the three of us built Labor Day weekend.
Frame is done, now it was time for the slats.  To make getting the stored items underneath the bed easier, the center set of slats are removable.  You need every inch of storage when you live in 300SF!!

Michelle always has time for a big smile! 
Papa Gar and I trying to get the correct dimensions for the hanging closet!  As you can see, no plans for us.
Michelle working on the frame for her new dresser drawers.  She did a great job as you can see below.
Drawers are installed, now it was on to her shoe rack…

NYC Bed 3
It turned out nicely and since it slides on a track she is able to use all of that great space under the bed.  Besides, every girl no matter the age needs a place for her shoes!!!
NYC Bed 4
nyc bed 7
Details of the bed frame.  Our goal was to keep the feel of the prewar building when we were designing this and buying the trim.
nyc bed 6
Hanging closet is complete and even includes a reading light over her bed.
nyc bed 5




Some of the other projects that we have completed in the Rabbithole include a console table in the entry area, the dining room table that she can hang on the wall as art when not being used for a multitude of projects, and a kitchen update. 

Screen shot 2012-04-03 at 12.56.00 PM

You can check out some more before and after pixs of the Rabbithole at her blog, Cupcake Chronicles.  And she is in the running at Apartment Therapy’s Small Cool Contest 2012 in the Teeny Tiny Division.   Check it out if you get a chance and favorite the Rabbithole before the April deadline. As the White Rabbit would say “I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date!” 

This week I’ll be sharing with:
Between Naps on the Porch's Metamorphosis Monday
Southern Hospitality's Thrifty Treasures Monday
House in the Roses Show Off Your Cottage Monday
Boogie Board Cottage's Masterpiece Monday
Coastal Charm's Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
A Stroll Through Life's Tabletop Tuesday
Cozy Home Scene's Your Cozy Home Tuesday
Faded Charm's White Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style's Wow Us Wednesday
Beach Cottage's Good Life Wednesday
The Style Sister's Centerpiece Wednesday
Between Naps on the Porch's Tablescape Thursday
No Minimalist Here's Open House Thursday
Shabby Creek Cottage's Transformation Thursday
French Country Cottage's Feather Your Nest Friday
My Romantic Home's Show and Tell Friday
At the Picket Fence's Inspiration Friday
The Charm of the Home's Home Sweet Home Friday
The Tablescaper Seasonal Sundays


  1. So many great ideas! I'm so impressed!

    1. We have had so much fun working on the Rabbithole! And it has been the perfect excuse to go and spend time in the city with our daughter! I will be posting some more of our projects as I get a chance to work them up! Thanks for your lovely comments.

  2. It sure looks like you too advantage of every inch of that room that you could. I love seeing DIY furniture projects since this is a skill I don't have. I also liked seeing the chandy decal over the bed. I've seen those decals at the store, but never really known how to use them in my decor. It's pretty the way you used it. Thanks for sharing your ideas at my party!

  3. How fantastic is that! Love the storage built in that bed! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!