Mixed-Use Apartment Living

A while ago, Regina wrote about living the mixed-use life in her Montreal neighborhood. That phrase stuck with us as very appropriate way to describe apartment living. “Mixed-use” is a term architects and developers use to designate buildings and streets that combine a range of diverse spaces from housing to shops to office buildings. On a more micro level, “mixed use” can also apply to a healthy home—one that provides supportive spaces for rest, activity, entertainment, and gathering…

Lack of balance can be a problem in apartments. Things like media centers, computer stations, and storage areas often threaten to overwhelm a home, especially if it’s a small space. To balance these types of functions, it’s important to give some time and attention to those areas of your apartment that support rest and relaxation. For tips on making room for a wide range of uses in your home, follow the links below:

Spaces for Rest and Relaxation
10 Ways to Chill Out at Home
Bedroom Meditation Spots
How To: Have a Spa Day in Your Bathroom

Spaces for Activity
10 Kitchen Improvements for Renters
House Tour Roundup: Hard-Working Home Offices
Simple Joys of Working at Home

Spaces for Entertainment
9 Affordable Home Entertainment Sources and Solutions for Movie Night
Apartment Therapy On: A Space for Music
How To: Make a Reading Nook

Spaces for Gathering
Party Architecture #1: Density
Party Architecture #2: Structure
Party Architecture #3: Lighting
Party Architecture #4: Flow

Photo: Small Cool 2008: Stephanie's Life of Pie