small space

  • life in a tiny apartment.

    Tip #181: Daydream a little. Five years ago tomorrow, James and I got our keys from a real estate broker and shared a pizza for Valentine’s Day dinner. We sat on the floor of…

    February 13, 2019 19 Comments
  • life in a tiny apartment.

    Tip #180: Less and good enough. The famous Dieter Rams quote, and title of his 1995 book, “Less, but better,” gets used a lot in minimalist circles. (Full disclosure, I used it myself in…

    February 7, 2019 55 Comments
  • life in a tiny apartment.

    Tip #179: Hide it in plain sight. What’s a thing in your home that you use regularly but that doesn’t have a home of its own—a special spot to return to? A laptop? Your…

    January 29, 2019 9 Comments
  • simple matters 12: gina stovall.

    GINA STOVALL | TWO DAYS OFF Gina Stovall is a climate scientist turned researcher and practitioner, living in Los Angeles, California. During the day, she connects climate researchers who have mitigation and resilience solutions…

    November 28, 2018 31 Comments
  • curbside treasures and brand new bedding.

    This post is sponsored by Parachute. My older sister and I are not the twins in our family, but our very similar taste in home furnishings might have you fooled. Whatever we lack in identical…

    November 19, 2018 15 Comments
  • 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 36 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 22 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