All posts by Laura Anderson

The Future of Senior Housing

The majority of attention surrounding micro-apartments has been focused on millennials and their needs. But it might be seniors who are most likely to enjoy the benefits of compact, affordable and centrally located housing such as micro-apartments. In 2016, noted New York City architect Matthias Hollwich wrote a treatise of sorts that attempted to rebrand […]

How to Raise a Family in 600 Square Feet

Small-space living

Can you really raise kids in a one-bedroom condo? Some Vancouver parents are trying – and guess what? It’s not all bad, and it could get better. In Vancouver, Alison and Trevor use their Penelope queen sized system in the living room while their two kids sleep in the bedroom. Alison chronicles her small-space lifestyle on 600SquareFeetandaBaby and recently […]

The Difference Between Green Furniture and Sustainable Furniture

eco friendly furnishings

Many furniture companies claim their products are “green,” a designation usually referring to material sourcing. Maybe their sofa frames are made out of dumpster-sourced scrap metal or their cushions are filled with used ticker tape. Responsible material sourcing is important, but it does not necessarily make something sustainable; that is, able to exist in perpetuity […]

Ron Barth Responds to New Yorker Article on Carmel Place and NY’s Affordable Housing Situation

A recent New Yorker piece entitled “Are Micro-Apartments a Good Solution to the Affordable-Housing Crisis?” by Elizabeth Greenspan reminded me of a quote I once heard: “[The person] Who knows only his own generation remains always a child.” In order to understand the micro-apartment conversation, it’s essential to understand its historical context. Modern micro-apartments such […]

Getting Your Small Space Ready for the Holidays

Flex Sofa

Whether you’re hosting a large holiday dinner, a festive cocktail party or a casual brunch, the key to getting the most out of your space this season is with a flexible mindset.  Use these tips to get inspired for this year’s festivities and to plan ahead for next year: Rearrange (and get creative!) Rearrange your furniture […]

SMART, SPACE-CONSCIOUS STYLE IN BROOKLYN

Smart, space-conscious style in Brooklyn

Originally posted on Domino Magazine by Shani Silver Jacqueline Schmidt, Founder of Screech Owl Design and Director of Design at Ollie, and David Friedlander, Director of Communications at LifeEdited, took a space that once wouldn’t prompt a second glance, and transformed it into a vision in streamlined, chic functionality and smart, space-conscious style. Intelligent livability merged with inspired design […]