Living Large in Teeny, Tiny Spaces

As much as I may long after a castle to call my own, I’ve always been fascinated by small space living both from necessity and environmental reasons. I’m a huge fan of Sarah Susanka’s “Not so Big House” books and the idea of designing better not bigger.

I also have a brain that likes puzzles and organization so am impressed by spaces that take on an almost origami approach to storage and function. Plus my brother lives full time on a boat and we’ve spent weekends with him and his girlfriend, so I’ve seen small space living up close (really up close!) and personal. And with various family members living in and around NYC, we’ve seen the best (and the worst…) of small space living.

And I just watched this video and had to share. It’s an apartment of one of the founders of TreeHugger and it packs 8 rooms worth of living in 420 SQUARE FEET…and it’s amazing! Check out the video below for all the neat nooks & crannies & various functions. And an interesting side note, they crowd sourced the design and the winning selection were two architectural students. Gives me hope for the future!

GIZMODO – The Tiny Transforming Apartment That Packs Eight Rooms into 350 Square Feet from Gizmodo on Vimeo.

Mental Health Break: The ABCs of Architects

Everybody needs a little mental health break, especially at my office/house where we’ve just spent our first full week back to work after the holidays…with head colds too.

So enjoy…

The ABC of Architects from fedelpeye on Vimeo.

 

Make some mistakes in 2013

With a new year comes a new start in our work and personal lives. I start to think about new projects and sources of inspiration. Found this great quote via writer Neil Gaiman’s tumblr page. He writes a ‘wish’ every New Year’s and this one from last year struck me. I urge us all to take more risks in your work…and make mistakes too!

And for this year, my wish for each of us is small and very simple.

And it’s this.
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.
So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.
-Neil Gaiman, December 31, 2011
For this year’s New Year’s wish, visit http://www.neilgaiman.com/

“Clean Start” Laundry Room featured in Albany Times Union

An amazing laundry room I worked on for Burlingame Interiors was recently featured in the Albany Times Union. Kitchen design was by Fred Hershey of Burlingame Interiors and I did all the CAD construction documents for this project. The fabulous high end cabinetry and appliances were supplied through Andrea Langford of Andrea Langford Designs.

Stunning results. Who wouldn’t mind laundry day in a room like this?

Room view of the laundry room designed by Fred Hershey, Burlingame Interiors

 

 

Opalescent glass and stone backsplash, custom anigre wood Neff kitchen cabinets and energy efficient LED under cabinet task lighting

 

 

Neff kitchen cabinets. Style chosen to evoke the classic cars housed in the garage next door.

 

Full Article at Clean Start: Out of the basement and into the home, laundry rooms can be more than a place for washing and folding

 

 

To Do. To Think. Or to BE…

I’m a Type-A detail oriented person. Those traits make me a great interior designer since I’m really focused on the big AND small stuff and will obsess over it for you. However, when applied to my own creativity and personal life, sometimes all that ‘do-ing’ overrides just being. Earlier this year I stumbled across Laura Lee Gulledge’s graphic novel “Page by Paige”. It was recommended by other women artists we know for my teenage daughter.

But as it kicked around our house I took a peak too….

And found a wonderful coming-of-age tale that was also a great ‘call to arms’ to reclaim creativity.

Here’s a quick peak at a page from the book:

Sample page from Laura Lee Gulledge's "Page by Paige"

Sample page from Laura Lee Gulledge’s “Page by Paige”

The family and I spent an amazing weekend recently at New York Comic Con and Laura Lee was one of the people we made sure to find in Artists Alley. She was just as lovely as you’d hope and ended up finishing our convos with hugs all around and early holiday present for me of the print below. Because I’ll need that reminder that while I keep “do-ing” to NOT forget just to “be” sometimes too.

So I need to get this framed soon and hung over my computer in the office for that daily reminder.

 

Laura Lee Gulledge print

Laura Lee Gulledge print

Pick up a copy for any young people who may be in your life AND yourself.

To look up more of Laura’s work visit http://whoispaigeturner.blogspot.com/

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