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Tuesday September 2nd, 2014

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A Lesson in Design Compromise

For anyone who moves to New York City’s West Village, it’s location, location, location – after all, you’re just a stone’s throw from some of the city’s best restaurants and shops. But that premium on location means you sometimes have to settle for a smaller space with a challenging layout. So two years ago when…

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Monday July 21st, 2014

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A Tiny Cottage in Venice Beach

Whitney Leigh Morris and Adam Winkleman don’t let size define their tiny cottage in Venice Beach. It might only be 362 square feet but they’ve managed to make use of every square inch of space. In designing the space, Whitney put her experience as a stylist and designer to work.  She is inspired by simplicity…

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Monday June 16th, 2014

Monday April 28th, 2014

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A World Traveler Creates a Home Base

A former corporate attorney, Rena Thiagarajan spent seven years with start-ups in Silicon Valley, funding her travel obsession before she started her own travel-inspired company, Project Bly. Named for turn-of-the-century reporter Nellie Bly, who went around the world in less than 80 days, Project Bly is an online shopping site that allows visitors to explore…

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Monday April 14th, 2014

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Carroll Gardens Apartment Remix

In addition to getting a peek inside the homes of so many creatives, we also love being able to showcase how spaces change over time. Back in 2011 we featured the Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn home of Maayan Pearl.  Maayan is a graphic designer/illustrator/artist/animal petter. Originally from Israel but living in the US for 20 years now,…

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Monday April 7th, 2014

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Light and Bright on NYC’s Lower East Side

After almost twenty years living in a crumbling tenement building on New York City’s Avenue C, food stylist Toni Brogan and her husband decided it was time for a change. The couple embarked on a six-month long apartment hunt before they found this building in the Lower East Side. The building was constructed in the…

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For Two Creatives, Making a Rental Their Own in Ohio

Danielle and Jarrod Evans live in the tiny Discovery District of downtown Columbus, Ohio. The area is home to many historically registered residences, from sprawling mansions to smaller, more affordable apartments like theirs. While they love the historic aspects of their apartment, what they really wanted was a modern space for work and play. They…

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Monday March 24th, 2014

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A Textile Artist Lives and Works in Brooklyn

Before Rachel Gottesman moved into this Crown Heights, Brooklyn apartment (just 2.5 months ago), she lived in a small one-bedroom in Chicago. While her Chicago apartment was nice, it was also very dark. Rachel embraced, what she calls, the apartment’s cave-like nature, painting the walls a deep slate blue and accenting the dark color scheme…

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Monday January 6th, 2014

Monday December 16th, 2013

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A Minimalist Nashville Abode Home to a Textile Designer

Han Starnes runs a knitwear label – Josi Faye, named after her mother – that designs and produces small batch handworked knitwear in Nashville pulling from traditional textile methods and using handspun yarn. Two years spent in New Zealand, learning about natural fibers from local experts, also has played a major role in her work….

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Monday November 18th, 2013

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In Brooklyn, A Nomad Puts Down Roots

For the past two and a half years, Farah Malik has lived in this apartment in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Being that the United States is the eighth country she has lived in, Farah has accumulated quite an expansive and, as she says, sentimental collection of objects, representative of each phase of her life. After completing…

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Monday October 28th, 2013

Monday October 21st, 2013

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Making the Most of a Tiny Studio

This tiny apartment in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn is the happy home of Kay Wang, her boyfriends Christopher Tryens, the couple’s dog, Corn (short for Conquistador), Chops, the cat, and Sushi, the cat. In case you’re counting, that’s two humans and three animals under one tiny live/work studio apartment. The apartment is a…

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Monday October 7th, 2013

Monday August 5th, 2013

Thursday August 1st, 2013

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A Williamsburg Apartment for Work and Play

Being that space is at a premium in New York City, apartments are frequently used for multiple purposes, most often for work and living. I’m always impressed when someone manages to create a space that incorporates both of these realms, but even more impressed when they blend seamlessly together. In designer Leta Sobierajski’s Williamsburg, Brooklyn…

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Monday June 10th, 2013

Friday June 7th, 2013

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In Los Angeles: making a small space feel big

Prior to moving into this 900 square foot home with two bedrooms, Sunny Lee, director for Brand Strategy at Applied Storytelling, had lived in a one-bedroom bungalow for 7 years so she came into this new space in the Brentwood district in Los Angeles, California with practically no furniture. Her first priority was create as…

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Monday June 3rd, 2013

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Amelia the Airstream, a Vacation Home on Wheels

Back in 2011 we shared the Cleveland home of Charity D’Amato who is behind design studio Charteuse and the voice of I Heart Cleveland. At the time she mentioned a little side project to us that we’re excited to reveal today. “Amelia the Airstream” was named after Amelia Earhart, pioneer & fellow dreamer. As a…

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