And like everyone else died over their salvaged pink wallpaper project.
Here are my thoughts on it lately.
Tiny living. I used to be physically tinier that I am now. My husband is not tiny, and neither are our two dogs. But we are living tiny. All four of us eating, sleeping, hoping and dreaming in approx 250 square feet.
To be fair, the apartment is adjacent to a larger abode (my parents house) that we have free access to, but we don’t really take advantage of the other facilities. The 250 square feet is the actual living area. There are two separate attached bedrooms, one where we sleep and the other we have set up as the nursery for GMcB. Also, it is a very well appointed 250 square feet, so I am not trying to make it sound like we are roughing it.
We are, however, spending nearly 24 hours a day together in those confines. I have always worked from home, but Petey was off at school during the day or at work in the summers. Now that he is studying for the Bar Exam we are experiencing a lot of togetherness.
Which I enjoy. Especially because we are both aware that this is the last time for a long time that it will be just us two, so this kind of complete immersion therapy is really sort of nice. But I think that is because we both know that it is temporary.
I have always been enamored of small space living, and I will say that the reality has its charms as well. Back to the House Beautiful home though…
This place is 390 square feet for 3 humans!! I cannot even imagine. Could you? I know you New Yorkers and the like are used to smaller digs.
But there is something else that always kind of bothered me about this place, as much as I appreciated what they did with what they had…
Just seemed wrong to me.
Sharing an 8×8 bedroom with your child.
And I remember reading a lot of blogs praising this space at the time and no one mentioned what to me was way more impactful than the cool wallpaper. And am I just a rude boy for mentioning it or…
HOW IN THE SAM HILL DO THESE PEOPLE DO IT!?!?
Am I the only person who was concerned/disturbed by this? I still just cannot wrap my head around it.
This one came to me yesterday as I was searching for this article and googled “tiny House Beautiful apartment”- and this, one of my all-time favorite Miles Redd spaces came up.
-But I guess that is the charm of Miles.
And let me be clear, I am not criticizing Kaihoi in the slightest even if he did set out to replicate Miles. Although I am surprised that HB didn’t recognize the similarities between the two spaces they featured and maybe choose not to print a picture of Kaihoi’s kitchen.
**UPDATE**- I have been informed that Kaihoi actually “works for Miles and so he gets to borrow”- word. I agree.**
And that Canadian House and Home number we talked about a few months back.
Hopefully my spin on each space will make them original and inspiring in their own ways, but I must admit I have found it a lot harder when doing our house this time not to be influenced by the insane amount of awesome design inspiration I digest each day. I have been antsy about what y’all will think of the final spaces, if I was just being hard on myself for not being original enough, or if I was being lazy and lame. Maybe I shouldn’t have admitted to my inspiration and waited to see if any of you even noticed.
And I am wondering, how do you all feel on the topic. Any of the topics really. Here is a reminder of what we are discussing.
Thought 1: Tiny Spaces, how do you live in them? How tiny is still comfy for you? How do you make it work.
Thought 2: Doing it. Is it possible when you share a room with your child? Am I a pervert for thinking about that when looking at that room?
Thought 3: Inspiration vs. Copying in design. Do you think this example- especially the kitchen- is as blatant as I do? Or do you think it’s just a stylish coincidence? Does it bother you to see spaces that riff off of each other? Does a space have to be completely revolutionary to be inspiring or do you prefer subtle permutations on the same look?
I know y’all aren’t big commenters but I would love to hear your thoughts.