AvroKO, the single open room takes many different forms. The roll-out bedroom, now a spare room for Anil and his wife Shannon, gives guests their privacy. An office loft helps keep work separated, a key for a couple that works long hours. And the living room and kitchen area are purely for relaxing and fun. Dahon bicycles in a closet. Biggest Challenge: Living in a prototype. Some things just didn’t work. Lots of trial and error in the early days. What Friends Say: Wow! Where’s the bedroom? Proudest DIY: A custom-built media cabinet that began with sketches on a napkin. Neither of us have any training in design but had fun seeing it come together. We also worked with AvroKO to ensure we used the same materials and the design fit with the rest of the apartment. We wanted that sight line to remain streamlined and integrated, and it worked, like the rest of the apartment, to help us stay organized and relaxed by hiding cords and unsightly digital devices. Biggest Indulgence: Custom built furniture, like the kitchen table and rolling drawers. It makes a difference and supports the artists and architects that build them. Best Advice: Keep your work/live space separated. In small spaces it’s especially important. We created an office in our loft and do most of our work there, which makes the living and sleeping area feel like a place for relaxation and fun. Green Elements/Initiatives: Milk Paint. O-Zone lites that kill bacteria, viruses, mold, odors. Negative ion air filters. Having a great recycling bin and system. Moss for whimsical objets. Etsy (and soon Artsy) for art. Eskayel for wall coverings. Appliances: KitchenAid and Kohler Furniture: Natuzzi, Knoll, Design Within Reach, custom Accessories: Le Labo candles. Dwell Studio and ABC Carpet & Home pillows right now. Thomas Paul prior to that. We rotate pillows and throws by season and mood! Lighting: Koncept. They are beautifully designed and energy efficient. And they have the best customer service. Tiles and Stone: Glass mosaic bathroom tiles by Hakatai Beds: Tempur-Pedic Artwork: Only from friends or Etsy! Carson Ellis' rock posters. Charcoal etching by Ekaterina Smirnova. Paper collage portraits of our favorite authors from Etsy. We had these made for our wedding but kept them out once we moved our library of books and vinyl to storage. Paint: Milk Paint Other: Fortessa and Schott Zwiesel restaurant grade glass and tableware. Simple and literally unbreakable. Apartment Info: The apartment is currently up for sale.
(Thanks, Anil & Shannon!)Green Tour Submission Form. (Images: Liz Vidyarthi)