#2: Suzanne's Studio of Salvage

#2: Suzanne's Studio of Salvage

Apr 10, 2007

Name: Suzanne
Location: The Biggest Little City: Reno, Nevada
Size & Type: 156 square feet [155.25 to be exact] studio

Favorite resource: Architectural salvage yards (specifically, Berkeley's Omega) and various textile prints: Endless inspiration and unique materials come from the treasures one finds in salvage yards, much like in vintage clothing or record stores. The bathroom print is a hand-painted and personalized version of a favorite textile pattern.


This place went from profound disaster to petite delight with some ardent persuasion, personal labor, invaluable lessons, and six hundred dollars.

Pitch Cont'd:

Renovating the previously unlivable, free-standing structure included wood flooring, a salvaged tile backsplash, a new countertop and cabinet hardware in the kitchen, salvaged tile flooring in the bathroom, paint everywhere, and the shower (literally, a metal box) was refinished inside with marine boat paint! By day, a simple duvet is rolled camp-style and the ends of the single-width bed fold to create a couch, allowing the (only) main space to function as both living and bed room.

Your favorite element:

The Kitchen and the Light: As one who loves to cook, with its vintage chocolate tiles lit by saturating morning sun or the delicate overhead lights by night, this kitchenette is a pleasure to use. Regardless of its modest size, the three windows receive sun all day and flood the space with light, bringing a sense of life and openness into the space.

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