Catharine, an architect, and Jonathan, a industrial designer, live in a one-bedroom, 550-square-foot apartment in Brooklyn's Crown Heights neighborhood. When they moved in, they decided that everything in their apartment had to be either handmade or free. "While we do have one or two things we bought (like an IKEA shelf for $15), most of the furniture is either handmade, a street find, or a hand-me-down," says Catharine. "Not only have we saved money, but the apartment is specialized for and by us."
The kitchen shelving unit you're about to see is the result of this commitment to handmade. No more empty, unused wall space! See what this stretch of wall looks like now: