Name: Jon Hindley & Liezel StraussLocation: Bloomsbury, LondonSize: 980 square feetYears lived in: 5 months With August's Setting Up Home theme I thought it only appropriate to share my new nest! After 7 years of renting furnished apartments in the UK, Germany and South Africa, it was finally time to end the nomad life (for now!) and take the plunge into permanent residency. My husband and I have collected art, chairs and books over the years but buying beds, pots, pans and other function...
Architect Christi Azevedo deployed Ikea cabinetry in the kitchen (left), which spans almost the entirety of the renovated building. In lieu of adding standard-issue fronts to the upper cabinets, she created sliding doors of sanded acrylic panels. A PaperStone work top extends from the stainless steel counter for additional prep space. When not in use, the movable dining table—also designed and fabricated by Azevedo—fits snugly beneath it.
// Slide it away. Built-in storage is the absolute best if you’re at a stage where you’re ready to invest in it. Sliding doors over bookshelves can help hide clutter or a TV with one easy slide. // Go vertical. Use your space all the way up to the ceiling.
Even if your apartment is really little, it's nice to have a dedicated workspace. But how are you going to fit it in? Here's a favorite trick of ours: a wall mounted desk. They take up much less space than a freestanding piece of furniture, and have a nice minimal look to boot. Here are a few of our favorite examples.
How To Live Without a Dining Room: Advice & Ideas from 15 of Our Best Posts
Here's a small space that's both beautiful, and, thanks to some creative furniture choices, incredibly functional. This apartment's main room can serve, by turns, as an office, a living room, a bedroom, or a dining room with a table that seats six.