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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 […]

Creating an Organized Multi-Use Room

how to create an organized multi use room

A home is more than just a place to eat and sleep. It’s also a place to entertain, work, exercise and play in as well. With the right multi-purpose room ideas, your home can provide a variety of functions, even without much space. Transforming a home into one that is more functional is as easy […]

Three Sneaky Storage Solutions for Small Spaces

resource furniture shelving

  Living in a small apartment can present a number of challenges in figuring out where to put all of your stuff. When you live in a large home, things disappear because there’s so much space for them to spread out. The problem is you end up accumulating more belongings than you need, not to […]

A Busy Person’s Guide to Getting Organized

Giralot Storage System

Organization (n) ˌȯr-gə-nə-ˈzā-shən: defined culturally as a key characteristic to success and easy living. The art of organization comes easy to some but may be a bit harder for others, especially those who are always busy and never seem to have enough hours in the day. Organization and productivity go hand in hand, each influencing […]

Time To Reinvent How We Entertain for the Holidays

  Several years ago, a book was published entitled Life at Home in the 21st Century: 32 Families Open Their Doors. Its authors, a group of UCLA anthropologists and archeologists, followed 32 ordinary families as they went about their days. They were trying to get an accurate read on exactly how the typical American household […]

Vote for us in Interior Design’s Best of Year Awards!

Flex modular sofa interior design awards

The Flex Sofa has been nominated for Interior Design’s Best of Year Awards, and you can vote until October 14! Reinvent the conventional with Flex: Infinitely configurable and adaptable to any environment, large or small. Plush, innovative backrests can be rearranged to transform Flex from sofa to chaise to tête-à-tête seating, and even a free standing […]

How to Raise a Family in 600 Sq Ft

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 […]