small space

  • refining a room for two kids.

    It’s a vulnerable, if decidedly lucky, exercise to photograph a room in the place you call home and share it with perfect strangers. Especially when the room belongs to your kids. Especially when you…

    August 14, 2018 35 Comments
  • life in a tiny apartment.

    Tip # 172 – Straighten your stacks (and hide them). I’ve written before that my approach to making room for books in a small space is to not hang on to too many and…

    August 13, 2018 20 Comments
  • life in a tiny apartment.

    Tip #171: Ditch your ironing board. I’m sure I’ve said it before: You don’t need much of anything small-space specific to get by in a small space. But sometimes having something specific helps. Mostly,…

    August 6, 2018 41 Comments
  • a tall dresser in a tiny apartment.

    It’s a chief joy of mine to find something that someone else discarded and to make it mine. One woman’s trash becomes another’s treasure and not much of anything goes to waste. With the…

    July 16, 2018 25 Comments
  • life in a tiny apartment.

    Tip #167: Hang up your swimsuits. It’s splash pad season. That season in the life of a city kid—and the adults who care for them—when parks turn on their sprinklers and children run pell-mell…

    June 27, 2018 20 Comments
  • life in a tiny apartment.

    Survival Tip #162: Where do you put the people? Where do you put all your stuff? It makes sense that most tiny apartment queries I get have to do with managing the stuff in a…

    March 26, 2018 29 Comments
  • life in a tiny apartment.

    Survival Tip #161: Take Your Small Apartment One Day at a Time. Monday: Give fresh water and fresh cuts to grocery store flowers. Precious treatment for $2.99 stems chosen by a three-year-old and bought…

    February 28, 2018 37 Comments
  • life in a tiny apartment.

    Survival Tip #160: Revisit the spaces you’ve resigned yourself to. Next month, it will be four years since we first rented this apartment. Four years since, while pregnant with Faye, I climbed onto the…

    January 18, 2018 40 Comments
  • life in a tiny apartment.

    Survival Tip #159: Put your Christmas tree in a crate. Last week, on Thursday, after both kids were fast asleep, James and I poured a festive glass of cider and sat down to scribble…

    December 7, 2017 29 Comments
  • life in a tiny apartment.

    Survival Tip #158: Get Stubborn/Find Room. This summer, we finally caved and got a window air conditioner. After the third consecutive June night where temperatures in our apartment were just shy of 100 degrees,…

    October 30, 2017 24 Comments