Name: Lauren Yarmuth
Location: New York City
Size: 400 sq/ft
Years lived in: 2.5, owned
Lauren’s 400-square-foot apartment was classic New York real estate: a sliver of space in an old brick building, with little light and even less charm. But in just three weeks, she gave it a clean and natural makeover, putting every inch of space to use with clever storage solutions.
When she bought it, Lauren explained, the building “was a dump.” It was so small and narrow – just about 12 feet at its widest point - that there was no logical place to put anything, not even a bed.
Drawing on her training as an architect and experience as principal of YRG Sustainability Consultants, Lauren set about refreshing the surfaces and adding crisp and functional storage. With the help of Dave Hollier Woodwork and Design, she installed warm wood floors, recycled Icestone kitchen countertops and new cabinet doors, re-using the existing materials whenever possible.
Clean lines of open shelving ring the apartment, adding storage without adding clutter. The custom bed, Lauren’s proudest design concept, houses both dozens of shoes in back and a kayak underneath! Sliding barn doors separate the bedroom from the living area, which welcomes both dinner and overnight guests, thanks to a fold-out couch and dual-purpose coffee and dining table.
Now, she says, it feels wonderful - a cozy refuge from the city.
My style: I’m from Seattle and I think I carry the clean / natural / simple / cozy / modern... style preferences that I experience of that place
Inspiration: Rock outcroppings
Favorite Element: Barn door
Biggest Challenge: Limited light and small size
What Friends Say: Feels wonderful
Proudest DIY: Bed concept design
Biggest Indulgence: Barn door
Best Advice: Keep it simple
Dream Source: Post-mod furniture
Green Elements/Initiatives:Reused a lot of the original materials; flooring, cabinets, etc. Recycled content countersDimmers on lightingDual flush toiletLocal, sustainably harvested wood for windows, casework, bedNon-toxic paints and stains
Appliances: What was there, didn’t buy anything new
Furniture: CB2, ABC Carpet and Home
Accessories: Hearth pottery
Lighting: Lighting by Gregory with design help from Faith Baum at Illumination Arts
Rugs and Carpets: Nope
Tiles and Stone: Nope
Window Treatments: Sustainably harvested wood
Beds: Custom made to allow for lots of storage, from sustainably harvested wood
Artwork: My mom Julie Speidel, mostly
Paint: Benjamin More Aura
Other: Icestone countertops, construction and casework by DHWWD
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(Images: Liz Vidyarthi)