House Tour: S and S's Live/Work Bungalow

House Tour: S and S's Live/Work Bungalow

Name: "Istvan and Conchita"
Location: Arlington, MA
Size: 900 sq/ft
Years lived in: Owned 8 years

We love live/work spaces — the challenge of accommodating two totally different functions into a single space always churns up creativity. Our friends' ground level apartment in a two-family home in Arlington is a lovely example. The soft, cohesive color palette of the living spaces keeps the office environment light and refreshing while the organizational attitude of the work space keeps the home environment neat and tidy. Throw in great art and a few design classics and you've got a home that packs quite a punch...

More about this lovely space from the owners:

The apartment is a common layout for the Boston area, built around 1915. It got a basic renovation before we purchased it and we've made incremental improvements. We use one of the two bedrooms as a home office for the two of us, so organization is really important. The closets are jam-packed, but organized with DIY shelving and lots of labeled bins. Soft white, gray, and charcoal black are used throughout; then each room has a different wall color. This means that each one feels different, but we can move furniture and accessories around and they work just about anywhere. We don't get a lot of direct light, so we try to keep things bright with white, aluminum, and glass accessories. We also try to group the necessary clutter so that we can have areas that are clean and open.

AT Survey
Our style: bright, friendly
Inspiration: Charles and Ray Eames, family and friends, Dwell, Martha, NYTimes, online browsing
Favorite Element: multiple spots for reading (i.e. napping)
Biggest Challenge: too many doors, not enough walls, little direct sunlight, hardly any closet space (the usual!)
What Friends Say: It's so clean — should I take my shoes off? Can I borrow some books? (the answer to both is "yes" and you can borrow some slippers, too!)
Biggest Embarrassment: generic kitchen and bathroom cabinetry
Proudest DIY: installing crown molding and a low-energy bathroom ceiling fan/light (plus our garden, which is in hibernation now)
Biggest Indulgence: a ridiculous white couch — but it keeps the room bright
Best advice: pick things that you love and they'll work together
Dream source: Moss, Moroso, Cappellini, Moooi

Appliances: GE (already installed when we moved in)
Hardware: original, Monroe Salt Works, Anthropologie, Home Depot
Furniture: Modernica, Circle Furniture, Ikea, Blu Dot
Accessories: Nomad, second-hand, Black Ink, Koo de Kir, Etsy, home made
Lighting: Wolfer's, MoMA, Nomad
Rugs and Carpets: Crate & Barrel, Angela Adams, Chilewich
Tiles and Stone: already installed when we moved in
Window Treatments: Smith & Noble, home sewn
Bed: DWR, Marimekko, Garnet Hill
Artwork: paintings, photography, and sculpture by family and friends, Mbantua Gallery, gig posters
Paint: Benjamin Moore

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