Name: Nick LaKind + his dog Dodger Location: Hollywoodland, California Size: 1,350 square feet Years lived in: 2 years; Own
Nick LaKind is the lucky owner of a 2 bedroom home in the foothills, right near the Hollywood sign in Beachwood Canyon. His house is full of modern and vintage pieces which he has collected over the past few years, with a touch of DIY charm. Lucky for us, I got to tour his home right before he put it on the market!
Name: Eric, founder of Fair Coast Goods & Upholstery, and Kellie, advertising account manager Location: Roscoe Village, Chicago, Illinois Size: 1,300 square feet Years lived in: 1.5 years (own)
Eric and Kellie's wonderfully bright and modern loft is punctuated by a serendipitous story (pun intended!). Shortly after moving into their loft, housed in a converted pencil factory, Eric launched his business making handcrafted carry goods. There's something special about a maker living and working in a space that once produced pencils, one of the essential tools of the creative process.
Name: Penny Lee Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands Size: 55 square meters (592 square feet) Years lived in: 7 years; Owned
Penny Lee, an art director and designer from Yorkshire, has been based in Amsterdam for the past ten years. Over the last seven years Penny has created a very chic and modern home in a houseboat located on the Amstel River, directly in the city center. Docked in one of the busiest parts of town, her clean, minimal home is an amazing contrast to the lively and vibrant city outside. It was certainly a special day for me to be invited into this cheery abode!
Name: Jonathan Rubinstein, Founder/Owner of Joe, a coffee roastery and group of retail shops in New York City and Philadelphia; and Sally, age 4 Location: Brooklyn Heights; Brooklyn, New York Size: 1,200 square feet Years lived in: 3 years; Owned
Clean lines define the neat, loft-like space that is Jonathan's Brooklyn home, a well-edited contemporary apartment. Learning to balance his own style desires with the needs of his family has been the key to creating a home that is comfortable and nurturing to father and daughter alike.
Name: The Muse Location: New York, New York Size: 1,000 square feet Years in business: 2 years
The Muse's CEO Kathryn Minshew is dedicated to start-up life. While showing off the career site's fresh NYC space, she laughed about how she took the red eye to Washington D.C. from San Francisco to convince the then-owner of TheMuse.com why he should sell her the domain. The organized, bold, and charming Minshew was successful in her bid. I have a feeling it's not the only big success the Muse Team has ahead.
Name:Lesley & Gus Poole
Location: Mercer Island, Washington Size: 3,400 square feet Years lived in: 2.5 years; Owned
Lesley and Gus have one of those homes where you expect to smell freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies upon entering. Just as lovely, I was gifted with a jar of home-pickled dills! Despite its stylish demeanor, the Poole home is a warm and bustling hub for this sweet couple, their three kids, and a hyperactive (yet oh-so-charming) Lab-Poodle mix.
Name: Taylor and Isabella Crockett Location: Central Phoenix, Arizona Size: 1,200 square feet Years lived in: 9 Months; Owned
While the housing market in Phoenix was one of the first to crash, it's also been the first to rebound. Before the first quarter of 2012, if you were quicker than the investors, you could snag a foreclosed home in an historic neighborhood for less than $100,000. Unfortunately, most of the options were limited to either a house in need of considerable repair, or a flipped house with a new, yet hideous interior. When Taylor started looking for a house around this time, she thought she chose one settled squarely in the middle of those two options. Some aesthetic problems needed to be addressed, and perhaps a few structural repairs here and there, but ultimately she figured she'd be able to live in the house while slowly completing projects. In reality, the problems were so extensive that it would take 11 months of work before moving herself and her daughter into the home.
Name:Deborah Bowness, wallpaper designer Location: St Leonards; Sussex, UK Size: 600 square feet Years in business: 12 years
When Deborah Bowness spotted a run-down former bank on St Leonards seafront, she knew she had found her studio. “When I heard it was vacant, I was so excited. I took it straight away even though I had nowhere to live.” The high ceilings, ample floorspace and huge arched windows, which flood the interior with a crystal clear light, make this an ideal space for Deborah to create her trademark trompe l'oeil designs.
Name: Tori Vaccher of Tori's Bakeshop Location: The Beach, Toronto Size: 800 square feet Years lived in: 1.5 years
To create the perfect blend of classy, clever and eco-conscious elements, sometimes you just have to do it yourself. That’s what baker and entrepreneur Tori Vaccher discovered the hard way when she set out to open her first organic bakery and café. Frustrated after time wasted teaming up with an interior designer who didn’t quite share her vision, Tori headed straight to NYC for a weekend of exploration.
Name: Amy Tremper of Stitch & Hammer Location: Boulder, Colorado Size: 350 square feet Years lived in: 8 months; Rented
Everyone meet Amy, owner and founder of Stitch & Hammer, a leather goods shop based out of Boulder, Colorado. What started as a desire to reconnect with her family heritage led to a serious side project and quickly (and perhaps somewhat unexpectedly) evolved into an established and fast growing business. Taking a peek inside her studio, I was not at all surprised to find it just as inspiring as her story.