My husband and I met in college where we secretly shared a single, twin-bed dorm room for three years. Moving into a studio and upgrading to a ‘full’ bed made us feel like we had all the space in the world! I have enjoyed the creative and organizational challenges of living in a small space, while still making it feel welcoming and comfortable. We love entertaining in our small space because guests always comment on how cozy and relaxing it feels. I love all the natural light we get, the pleasing color palette and all the personalized touches that really make it feel like our own. Plus, our home only takes about an hour to clean from top to bottom! It’s the perfect size for the two of us.
First, I love that I have a view of the city, and that my corner lets in plenty of sky. It's especially dramatic at dusk, when the changing color and light bring a feeling of serenity inside. Second, I adore the kitchen. It's tiny and old, so it's bare-bones, but still easy to cook in. Luckily it has a dining area, and the walls hold some favorite stuff. Third, I have a large entry hall for a place this size. I used to think I should put it to some clever alternative use--only nothing but the hall-as-hall ever worked, and now I see its point and enjoy it. Fourth, I like the bedroom for its difference from the rest of the place. I wanted it to suggest, not with objects but with texture and color, that the ocean is nearby.
Mother's Day is this Sunday. If you've procrastinated on picking up a gift, there are still a number of Mother's Day sales in the Weekend Guide. If mom's taken care of, then treat yourself to a weekend of fun and shopping. Check out all the sales and events in the Weekend Guide, pass it on and be sure to send us your own sale or event.
New York City — if you can make it there, you'll make it
anywhere. But what if you made it there, and now you have to move?? Will you ever find a neighborhood in your new
city that suits you as well as your NYC one did?
Last night I was lucky enough to attend a remarkable event — a warm, festive, stimulating gathering in which a family opened their home to over 60 people, some friends, some friends-of-friends, and some several more steps removed (like me). The friend I went with said something like, "With everything going on in the world, this openness and trust is all the more amazing. And encouraging."
Name:Andi Forker Type of Project: Kitchen Renovation — full gut remodel Location: San Francisco, California Type of building: 1890's Victorian condo
We've been following along with Andi's renovation from the very beginning, through demolition, refinishing floors, assembling cabinets, and even a few surprises. And after all that hard work, it's time for the big reveal.
The first real taste of summer is here - it just feels like time to let off a little steam and get out there and enjoy. In today's calendar, we've got a full roster of ways to make the most of the weekend AND possibly pick up a few goodies for your home at the same time. Happy (finally!) May, everyone!
Name: Eunice Chang, Senior Principal User Researcher at Autodesk, a 2D and 3D design, engineering and entertainment software company Location: Eureka Valley, border of Castro and Mission; San
Francisco, California Size: 1,073
square feet Years lived in: 3 years; Owned
The soothing coast meets San Fran city living inside Eunice’s sophisticated-yet-laidback urban hideaway. After years of moving
around from place to place on the East and West Coasts and Hawaii, she returned
to her home state of California to put down roots.