When people first enter our apartment, they look around the living/dining room/kitchenette and say “Oh, it’s not that
small.” Then they venture into the bedroom and become confused: “Wait, that’s it?” If
one thing became even more painfully clear when creating my floor plan it was, that really is it.
Metal dining and accent chairs are an excellent alternative to conventional wood seating. In addition to offering a different texture to your space, steel and aluminum furnishings can help alleviate the pressure to match wood tones. Whether you prefer a distressed rustic finish or a shiny powdercoat, these classic metal chairs will give a warm industrial touch to your space.
Name:Janelle Pietrzak, textile artist/weaver, and Robert Dougherty, welder and carpenter Location: El Sereno; Los Angeles, California Size: 700 square feet Years lived in: 1 year
Janelle and Robert moved from Philadelphia a year ago. It was time for a change, and Janelle accepted a job in Los Angeles. At the time, their decor — taxidermy, rustic Americana — was a reflection of the East Coast, where they both grew up. But that was before they fell in love with LA.
Name:Ryan Cassidy Location:
Brooklyn, New York Size:
square feet Years lived in: 1.5 years; rented
Ryan Cassidy has the kind of loft most people dream about
before moving to New York. Big, bright 15’ windows; a common area perfect for
gatherings and stop-bys; an open kitchen connecting the living and dining area;
paintings and obscurities decorated throughout. It would be easy to get jealous
of Ryan, except that he is a down-to-earth sweetheart with a great sense of
humor and an infectious smile, offering you a glass of mint water and some fresh fruit on a hot summer day.
Most conventional advice recommends keeping work outside of the bedroom to boost calm and serenity within a sleeping space. But apparently most conventional advice givers have never had to make it all work with just 550 square feet. The bedroom-plus-office combo has always been a solid solution for tight quarters, and here's one more tip to keep a dual duty bedroom comfortable.
I recently spent a couple hours on the tiny living inspiration blog Tiny House Swoon. There are small dwellings from all over the world, from treehouses to huts on the beach, but what caught my eye were the ones on wheels and the fun vacation rentals. Who's in for a road trip?
When you're an avid gardener working with a small footprint, you inevitably learn how to get creative with the space you have. I'm one of those gardeners and I try to not look at my limited space as a disadvantage, but instead as a challenge, which is why I'm always on the lookout for innovative gardening ideas. This vertical garden tower might be the perfect solution to house my abundance of potted edible plants and herbs.
Name: Chris Apollo Lynn Location: Bouldin Creek; Austin, Texas Size: 650 square feet Years lived in: 2.5 years; Rented
Chris Apollo Lynn always smiles when he
speaks. A calming personality, he's equal parts exuberance and enthusiasm,
especially about the city of Austin
and its community. His small apartment in a tiny converted house in South Austin doesn't have expensive furniture, big rooms
or a private backyard, but Chris doesn't need those things, instead combining a
simple style and a make-the-most-of-what-you've-got attitude to create a
welcoming home and a thriving urban garden for entertaining his friends.