December 23rd, 2011
Here’s a really quick sketch of one idea for my loft. We’ll see what I am able to do once I actually get a better look at the space next week! May put the television on my dresser. Wanted to use the curtains behind the bed as a room divider behind the dresser but the fan is in the way I believe. Who knows, I may go with something completely different than this, but I like the openness of this option.
Happy holidays everyone!
December 20th, 2011
I finally found the key furniture piece I was searching for to accent my loft’s style! I am love with it and cannot wait to see it in there. I feel like it perfectly represents the classic vintage/contemporary style that I am going for. In terms of minimalist design, it definitely isn’t streamline but with such few pieces of furniture within my home, this is going to my character piece that ties everything together. Can’t wait to see it in person in a couple weeks!
December 19th, 2011
I move into my new loft in January and have started the packing and decluttering process. My current apartment is 600 SF in Uptown Dallas and I’ll be moving into a 500 SF loft in Deep Ellum. I am quite sad to leave the convenience of my current one bedroom… it is within walking distance to my work, restaurants, bars, etc. It’s in a lovely historic neighborhood with a beautiful downtown view, which you see above, and I love walking my dog around here! But I will save a considerable amount of money by moving and will still only be a couple miles from work. The area I’m moving to has a lot of character and I am excited for a new experience, just wish I could take my view with me!
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December 18th, 2011
Images from: Freshome
I am absolutely in love with this small space. It is around 600 square feet and truly maximizes the small footprint and creates a lovely, practical tiny home. I’m not so much a fan of the use of orange as the accent color, but other than that I find this design is an elegant use of such a compact, linear space. The spiral staircase up to the loft sleeping quarters is my favorite element. Loft spaces can add so much character to a tiny space and definitely are beneficial in seperating the bed from the rest of the home in such a small space. The whole design says contemporary functionality to me, and it is the perfect combination of minimalist simplicity with the clean lines and no clutter area, and a very personal space with the strong accent color and pieces.
December 13th, 2011
Image from: DigsDigs
If you surf the web for multi-functional furniture and minimalist furniture design you will find pieces similar to the one in my post about all-in-one furniture. These great designs that combine the clean lines of minimalist design with the functionality of the minimalist lifestyle would be perfect for us, right? But the problem is there is a disconnect between furniture manufacturers and their audience in terms of budget…
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December 12th, 2011
Images from: Apartment Therapy
This week’s small space is found in Houston, Texas. Again, the room may not be quite as minimally decorated and organized as some might prefer, but it is a tiny ass apartment that calls for clever design in order to maximize space. The apartments most unique feature is the space dividing panel that doubles as a projection screen. This panel is used to give a sense of seperation between the living area and the sleeping area, while still maintaining the openness of the room so as to not make the space feel smaller. I love the idea of using something such as a panel or shelving system, to divide up a single space, and this method uses something simple and elegant that adds to the design instead of taking away from it in the name of function.
December 7th, 2011
Images from: Matroshka Furniture
There are quite a few modular all-in-one furniture combos due to the popularity of the contemporary, minimalist design movement. Of course they are typically very modern and boxy. I found this one recently and love it’s concept. It is very similar to what I was thinking for my own loft and I hope to build something like it! I think it is a great combination of living room, bedroom, office, and dining area for a small space, and I don’t think it is too modern for most spaces. I believe its casual design is not only multifunctional but attractive and not forced. Many of these furniture sets can start looking very futuristic and uncomfortable in my opinion. What do y’all think of the idea of all-in-one modular furniture? Do you believe they are practical for the average person?
December 6th, 2011
Yesterday I put down the deposit for my new loft! I am in love with it and cannot wait to move in February. It is 513 SF with hard wood floors and wood rafters. There is a storage loft above the kitchen/bath/closet area. Beautiful windows and brick wall. Now it’s time to come up with ideas for what to do with space! My cats are going to have a hayday with the upper loft area so definitely need to build something for them to be able to get up there. Going to design some sort of bed hideaway or possibly a murphy bed. Because the windows are too high for my dog too look out of, I am thinking of designing some sort of raised platform to stow away my bed under. This would allow me to continue to have the floor space but would also hide my bed and raise my floor for him! Wish I could do some permanent upgrades to the space but unfortunately I don’t believe I will be able to. So have to think in terms of being able to take everything down when I move out, which hopefully won’t be for a few years! I’ll have more pictures to come later, just wanted to share my apartment hunting update. Now all I have to do is get rid of my current apartment in 60 days or I’ll be in trouble paying two rents for a month or so, since I am shortening my current lease. Definitely looking forward to the $375 a month savings in rent compared to my current apartment. Should be an interesting two months! I’ll keep y’all updated on my design ideas!
December 4th, 2011
Images from: Freshome
This week’s small space is from Freshome and is a tiny apartment in Stockholm. I’m not sure exactly what the square footage is but I’d guess around 400-500. It features a single room with an alcove. An important aspect of design in small spaces is to be creative and use the space to its full potential. This apartment does a perfect job of this by maximizing the alcove area as a bed nook. This nook could have been used as a small dining area instead, but by placing the bed here it stows away an item with a large footprint and also gives it more of a sense of privacy and intimacy by being tucked away in the walls and away from the main living area. They also used another nook at the entry of the home as a makeshift walk-in closet by simply installing a curtain rod and curtain. This apartment reflects an affordable, simple minimalist design style that would be perfect for the average person looking to downsize to a small apartment.
December 2nd, 2011
Image from: IKEA Hackers
This may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I love a mix of contemporary and rustic design. This hack from IKEA Hackers takes the Klubbo coffee table base and some 2x4s to create a perfect minimalist table with character! I love wood pieces and think that this hack provides a functional, natural accent piece for your living room.