North Bethesda, Maryland
600 square feet
At a certain point you realize you’re getting a little old to be living with roommates. When Ken’s best friend and roommate got married last fall, he took the opportunity to really branch out on his own. Building upon his natural design talents as creative director for Digital Studios
and timed nicely with his company’s move to North Bethesda, Ken chose a modern high-rise just down the street for a quick two minute walking commute. His clean and simple style shines in this sweet bachelor pad.
Unplggd Tour Survey:
The inspiration for my home office/home theater:
I've always been drawn to clean, modern interior spaces. I wanted to incorporate all my tech toys into the apartment without sacrificing its minimalistic appeal.
Favorite element in your space:
I personally like how the living room design turned out. I like how the clean, simple design is a stark contrast to the vibrant, busy street and city views of the floor-to-ceiling windows. I tried my best to incorporate a key number of less expensive pieces of furniture from Ikea with a couple more expensive pieces to try to make them look more classy.
Biggest challenge in designing my space:
For me, the biggest challenge/limitation was the size of the apartment. With just over 600 square feet of space, roughly 100 of which is oddly shaped hallways, I was very limited in the number of pieces of furniture and focal points that I could draw attention to.
What friends say about my space:
My friends all assume that I had female help with decorating the space. I guess that's a compliment, or an insult, or both.
Area where there is room for improvement/future projects:
I'd like to incorporate my high-definition projector into my space at some point, but putting it up on the wall has proven to be quite a challenge in a rental space.
Proudest DIY (do it yourself) project:
My laptop is hidden beneath the taller of the two coffee tables, which allows me easy access to the internet (ie. fantasy football scores) without cluttering the living room.
Biggest indulgence with respect to my space:
The space itself is my indulgence. The floor-to-ceiling glass windows provide a built-in focal point, and elevate the level of sophistication of any style interior decoration.
Best advice about organizing or incorporating tech into the home:
An easy way to manage tech clutter is to stand at the entrance to your space, and note the areas behind furniture that can't be seen, and utilize these areas to hide wires or store media. Site lines are very important to maintaining a clean and minimalistic space.
Dream source for stuff:
and Bang & Olufsen
are two stores that I'm hoping to purchase goods from at some point. Jesse does a good job of making minimalistic still feel homey, while B&O's toys just look and sound so good.
Home Tech Hardware:
Verizon FIOS Cable/Internet
Surround Sound Home Theater Audio System
Sony VAIO Laptop
West Elm low wood cutout headboard
and wood bed frame
Crate and Barrel Spotlight Ebony Desk
CB2 Big Dipper arc lamp
Ikea Tirup swivel chair
, Klubbo coffee table (rectangular)
, Klubbo coffee table (square)
, Mongstad mirror
and Andrea rug
Photos by Jason Yang and Ken Yang