Kim Lucian's Recent Articles
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Kelsey and Mike’s Laid Back and Cozy California Rental
Name: Kelsey and Mike Sheofsky (and Louella and Bird Sheofsky) Location: Mission; San Francisco, California Size: 750 square feet Years lived in: 2 1/2 years; Rented Kelsey and Mike make their living by creating beautiful outdoor spaces for their pop-up lodging service Shelter Co. They bring the same effortless style, laid back attitude and appreciation for travel to their San Francisco home, which they share with their perpetually chatty 7 month old Louella and their dog Bird.
Aug 26, 2013
A Cozy & Eclectic California Apartment
Name: Allison & Luke Location: The Castro; San Francisco, California Size: 715 sq. ft. Years lived in: 2 years; Rented It all started with a table. While visiting a friend recently I remarked on her amazing barn wood kitchen table, “Oh, it’s not mine. It’s on loan from a friend. Seriously, though — you should see the rest of her place.” With those magic words, she put me in touch with Allison, and a week later I found myself standing at her front door.
Aug 15, 2013
Keith and Paige’s Scrounge n’ Lounge
Name: Keith and Paige Location: Belmont Heights, Long Beach, California Size: 1,100 square feet Years lived in: 1 years; Rented The day of Keith and Paige’s tour I am embarrassed to say I was running late, plenty late. Making my way from a shoot in Laguna to Long Beach, I called from the 405 (Hello, Californians!) to see if I needed to reschedule.
Jul 15, 2013
Windowsill Gardening on the Cheap: Vintage-Style Tin Herb Gardens
I stumbled on the idea of using tea tins for a mini container garden the other day when looking around for an attractive option that would fit on my windowsill. Perusing Pinterest later I found that plenty of people have had the same thought with great results. The concept is pretty simple, it’s a great way to recycle pretty tins that usually get tossed out and is a perfectly fitting addition to a kitchen windowsill.
Jul 8, 2013
10 Bonus Benefits to Small Space Living
We spend a lot of time throughout the year doling out advice on how to make the best of small spaces. Which got me thinking — I actually enjoy a lot of things about living in my rather petite abode and want to focus on the upside. So in classic Letterman fashion, here is my top ten list. It’s easier to clean. You’re less likely to overshop when space is a priority – so you save money. Small versions of furniture cost less. A lot less.
Jun 10, 2013
Hide That Remote! 5 Pretty Storage Boxes
Advances in technology are making excessive wires and cables slowly go the way of the buffalo but, the remote? It looks like we may be stuck with that one for a while. So if you can’t beat it, hide it! (Along with those goofy 3D glasses that seem to come along with every new TV.) We’ve rounded up a few options that you won’t mind leaving out based on the average size TV remote (7.5”) though you may want to check them against your own. 1.
May 21, 2013
Sirima’s Vintage Industrial Artist’s Loft
Name: Sirima Sataman Location: Dogpatch, San Francisco, California Size: 800 square feet Years lived in: 2 years; Rented Walking into Sirima’s loft, I was blown away by the openness of the space.
Apr 16, 2013
Amy’s Light & Bright Small Space
Name: Amy Yvonne Yu Location: Downtown, San Francisco, California Size: 400 square feet Years lived in: 4 years; Rented Amy lives downtown in the bustling hub of the city, and her innate energy and enthusiasm are a perfect match for her surroundings. As an art buyer, producer and creative consultant (she works with the Selby), her artistic eye and ability to edit carefully shines through in her space. The things that do make the final cut?
Mar 27, 2013
Christine’s Traditional N’East Style Abode
Name: Christine Mitchell and Ted AdamsLocation: Cambridgeport, MassachusettsSize: 850 square feetYears lived in: 1.5 years, rented Style blogger Christine Mitchell of N’East Style has an aesthetic all her own. Inspired by her upbringing in New England, her blog is filled with the lifestyle, fashion and folklore of the region, along with her unique hand-drawn illustrations. Her home reflects both her upbringing and the style she embodies.
Dec 12, 2012
Jennifer’s High-Low Mix in Boston
Name: Jennifer, Paul and SheaLocation: Boston, MassachusettsSize: 840 square feetYears lived in: 3 years; Rented When I met Jennifer Allen of Market Home she was selling her housewares at the South End Open Market. A set of pristine Kartel ghost chairs, a cast iron antler candleholder and a curvy vintage settee were among the goods that made me stop and take notice.
Nov 22, 2012
How To: Create a Repurposed Wine Crate Planter
While the concept of creating a planter out of a crate is nothing new, it can be tough to find a comprehensive tutorial that addresses the waterproofing aspect. After a few failed attempts (Danish Oil did not work for me) this planter has stood the test of time and inclement weather.
Oct 21, 2011
No Fridge for a Week! Do You Know Your Renter’s Rights?
A few weeks ago my fridge just quit and within about 24 hours of its final shudder everything inside was at room temperature. I contacted my landlord and heard back a day later via voicemail that someone would come to remove it next week. Momentary panic set in. Remove it… what about replacing it? Next week? It was only Monday so that was at least seven days away.
Aug 12, 2011