It’s a perfect match! This 640 sq. ft. Dunbar laneway house is a dead ringer for the property’s beautiful main dwelling and is the perfect space for a single young professional or a couple. The interior design of this lane house focuses on finishes that evoke a classic West Coast feel with a unique aquamarine acid stained concrete floor in the main living area and plenty of vertical grain fir throughout, including the kitchen which also features energy star appliances and a “denim” paperstone countertop of 100% recycled paper.
Built with insulated Japanese-designed glass brick, this laneway house offers both privacy and plenty of natural, ambient light. Its simple and elegant split-level design provides a living area with 14-foot ceilings by recessing the main part of the home into the site while the bedroom is three steps higher, creating a mezzanine at ground level. The under-floor cavities of the split-level also provide additional built-in storage space.
A spacious open plan, vaulted ceilings above the living/dining area, and a walk-out to the patio allow an exceptional play of daylight throughout the main level. The entire interior design scheme reflects the true essence of West Coast.
The wire coat hanger. The story goes that Albert J. Parkhouse, an employee at J.B. Timberlake and Sons, which made things like wire novelties and lampshades, arrived at work one winter day around 1904 to find that all the coat hooks had been taken. He spontaneously bent a piece of wire to create a hanger. Thanks to Houzz for bringing this intriguing exhibit on the beauty and genius of everyday things to our attention. Even if you can't get to the exhibit, check out the Vitra Design Museum’s interactive online version of the exhibition. It's a fascinating trip!
I came across this article by Mikael Cho of Ooomf via Lifehacker: How Clutter Affects Your Brain (and What You Can Do About It) It explains in some depth why ridding yourself of things—both virtual and physical—can cause you pain. It's worth a look for some extra help on how to de-clutter.