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30 Jun 2017

Bring Your Pets to Hassalo on Eighth!

By: Management

The phrase “pet friendly” takes on a whole new meaning when it comes to Hassalo on Eighth. Live here and bring your pets with you! We welcome your cats and dogs with open arms and tasty treats, and we designed our neighborhood with your furry friends in mind. Keep reading to learn more about our pet friendly amenities and policies!


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The phrase “pet friendly” takes on a whole new meaning when it comes to Hassalo on Eighth. Live here and bring your pets with you! We welcome your cats and dogs with open arms and tasty treats, and we designed our neighborhood with your furry friends in mind. Keep reading to learn more about our pet friendly amenities and policies!

  1. No breed, weight or age restrictions. Not a lap dog? Not a problem. At Hassalo on Eighth, we understand that your pets are part of your family, and we want your whole family to feel welcome in our neighborhood! That’s why non-aggressive dogs and cats of all ages, sizes and breeds are invited to live at Hassalo on Eighth.
  2. Doggie lounges in every building. We added this feature because we believe that your pets should live in pet friendly luxury too. Two of our three buildings have their own doggie lounges, complete with washing stations, and all buildings have outdoor pet relief spaces. No more baths in the tub, and no more scavenger hunts for that stand-alone patch of grass peeking through the city sidewalks!
  3. Close proximity to local pet boutiques. With Furever Pets boutique a few blocks down NE Broadway and doggie daycare No Bonz About It just a short drive away, spoiling your furry friend has never been so easy. Heartfelt Vet, also located on NE Broadway, makes vet visits convenient, too!
  4. Pet sitting, dog walking and pet taxi services. We’re all about quality service, and we never want you to worry when it comes to your pets! Hassalo on Eighth is partnering with Peaceful Paws NW to provide a variety of pet friendly services for the pets in our neighborhood. If you can’t skip work for a trip to the groomer, we’ve got you covered.

Find the perfect pet friendly home for you and your pets at Hassalo on Eighth. Visit our website to apply today, or stop by our leasing office to chat with one of our leasing professionals about pricing and availability.



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16 Jun 2017

Tour Portland on the MAX

By: Management

If you’re new to Portland, the public transit system can be a little overwhelming. But with three of the biggest MAX lines stopping on our block, it’s easy to get to where you need to go! We took a look at TriMet’s Rail System Map this week to narrow down ten popular city locales that can be reached easily from Hassalo on Eighth. All you need to do is hop on at home, and hop off at the right MAX stop!


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If you’re new to Portland, the public transit system can be a little overwhelming. But with three of the biggest MAX lines stopping on our block, it’s easy to get to where you need to go! We took a look at TriMet’s Rail System Map this week to narrow down ten popular city locales that can be reached easily from Hassalo on Eighth. All you need to do is hop on at home, and hop off at the right MAX stop!

Hassalo on Eighth’s Top 10 MAX Stops

  1. Washington Park (Blue MAX > Hillsboro): “Park” is an understatement. Far more than just a park, Washington Park includes the Oregon Zoo, the International Rose Test Garden, Portland Japanese Garden, Hoyt Arboretum, Portland Children’s Museum, the World Forestry Center and an archery range to boot. With so many fun activities, it’s easy to spend an entire day at Washington Park.
  2. Cascade Station (Red MAX > Airport): Your one-stop shop for food, drinks and retail favorites such as Target, IKEA, Homegoods, Sport’s Authority, PetSmart, Buffalo Wild Wings and Famous Dave’s Barbecue. Catch the red at Hassalo on Eighth and hop off at Cascades to spend the day at this major shopping center!
  3. OMSI (Green MAX > SW Jackson; Orange > OMSI): Okay, you caught us… this has a train change, but it’s an easy one – and it’s worth noting that you can get to OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) easily from Hassalo! Simply board the green line to SW Jackson and switch to the Orange line to OMSI/Milwaukie at Pioneer Place. Ride over the new Tilikum Crossing bridge and de-board at the OMSI/SE Water stop to get your science on!
  4. Pioneer Place (Red MAX > City Center): Portland’s most popular mall, Pioneer Place, is ripe with fashionable retailers. Pioneer Place is also home to Punch Bowl Social, a fantastic place to gather with friends for a fun evening of food, bowling, darts and karaoke! It’s just a 15-20 minute ride to the Pioneer Place stop.
  5. Portland Airport (Red MAX > Airport): No need to take an Uber to the airport! Save big bucks by riding the MAX instead, and show up early to poke around in the shops near your gate. The red line to the airport begins running just after 4:30 AM and delivers you to the airport’s front door in about 30 minutes. It doesn’t get any better than that!
  6. Art on the Orange Line (Orange MAX > Milwaukie): Up for an adventure? Use this guide to explore the Orange line’s public art features. More than 25 projects between Hassalo on Eighth and Milwaukie reinforce the uniqueness of Portland’s culture and help to encourage sustainability and environmental stewardship. Board the green line to SW Jackson and change trains at Pioneer Place… then sit back and enjoy the scenery.
  7. Providence Park (Red MAX > City Center): If you’re a Portland native, then you already know that easy access to this stop is a big deal… and if you’re a newcomer, we’d be surprised if you haven’t already heard about the Timbers (2015 champs!) and the Thorns! These two teams are the center of Portland’s attention during soccer season. For a spirited experience you’ll never forget and yearn to relive, attend a game at Providence Park this season!
  8. Pioneer Courthouse (Blue MAX > Hillsboro): Commonly referred to as Portland’s living room, Pioneer Courthouse Square is home to the Portland Art Museum and many of the city’s major events, including the annual tree-lighting ceremony, Holiday Ale Festival and NW Book Festival. The square’s brick foundation in and of itself is built on a tradition. Portlanders are invited to buy a brick and have their name inscribed on its face as a symbol of the people who make the city so extraodinary.
  9. Waterfront (Green MAX > SW Jackson; Orange > SW Moody): 
    Another quick and easy train change will get you to South Waterfront, home of Portland’s summertime farmer’s market. Ride the green line to Jackson and transfer to the orange line. Hop off at South Waterfront/SW Moody on a Saturday morning to enjoy local restaurants, a walk along the water or Portland Saturday Market (opening March 5th)!
  10. Clackamas Town Center (Green MAX > Clackamas): If you’ve got time for a ride, you can take the green line out to Clackamas Town Center. It’s a slightly longer commute, but certainly worthwhile! Clackamas Town Center is another major shopping destination for Portland’s residents. Shop until you drop, and then grab lunch or dinner at the RAM, a favorite local restaurant and brewery.

Clearly, whether you’re vehicle-free, looking to save on gas or simply not in the mood to drive, the MAX can get you just about anywhere. At Hassalo on Eighth, public transit is truly at your doorstep. In short, what we mean to say is, “No wheels? No problem.”



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31 May 2017

Urban Water Conservation: How We Go Green in the City

By: Management

If you have visited our community or leased with us, chances are good that you’ve heard about NORM, our natural wastewater treatment, re-use and disposal system. In short, the system recycles 100 percent of the black and grey water used at our community. It creates non-potable water for toilet flushing, irrigation and air conditioning. What makes NORM even cooler? It’s the largest (and only) urban-scale residential wastewater treatment and reuse system in all of North America.


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Meet NORM: Hassalo on Eighth’s Ticket to Urban Water Conservation

If you’ve visited our community or leased with us, chances are good that you’ve heard about NORM, our natural wastewater treatment, re-use and disposal system (otherwise known as a Natural Organic Recycling Machine). In short, this urban water conservation system recycles 100 percent of the black and grey water used at our community. It creates non-potable water for toilet flushing, irrigation and air conditioning. What makes NORM even cooler? It’s the largest (and only) urban-scale residential wastewater treatment and reuse system in all of North America.

How NORM Helps the Environment:

  • Treats roughly 47,000 gallons of water a day, reducing our contribution to the city’s sewer system significantly.
  • Gives back to the landscape by creating non-potable water used for irrigation.
  • Doesn’t generate any waste of its own. Biosolids are used for fertilizer off-site, and fats, oils and gases are used for fuel.
  • Reduces water usage for our buildings by 33 percent, or 7,300,000 gallons of water per year.
NORM Water Conservation

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How NORM Helps You:

  • As a resident, you could experience significant savings on the water/sewer portion of your utility bill.
  • Enjoy being part of the change as we work together to create an EcoDistrict in the heart of the city.
  • Reduce your carbon footprint – just by living here!

Read about NORM in the News:

As many know, sustainability is of paramount importance to us here at Hassalo on Eighth. This is just one of the many ways in which we embrace the “green” lifestyle. We are extremely excited to have brought NORM to life and our sustainability efforts to another level. Just think: You could reduce your carbon footprint just by living here. W



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12 May 2017

Crafty Wonderland at the Convention Center

By: Management

Mark your calendars for one of Portland’s largest handmade markets! On Saturday, May 20th, the Oregon Convention Center’s Hall D will be packed full of unique crafty vendors! You’ll find clothing, jewelry, stationery, sweets, bath & beauty, ceramics, spirits, and more! 


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Guest Blogger: Alissa Thiele

200+ Artists Selling Their Goods

Hassalo and Lloyd District residents: Mark your calendars for one of Portland’s largest handmade markets! On Saturday, May 20th, the Oregon Convention Center’s Hall D will be packed full of unique crafty vendors! You’ll find clothing, jewelry, stationery, sweets, bath & beauty, ceramics, spirits, and more! Find some new wall art for your apartment or that perfect candle to make your home smell amazing. To get a little preview, check out all the vendors here.

Crafty Wonderland Spring Art + Craft Market
Saturday, May 20 at 11 AM – 6 PM
Oregon Convention Center • Hall D
FREE admission and all ages are welcome

Crafty Wonderland Booth

Photo by Shannon Rowland

What can you expect at the mega-wonderland?

  • Free Goodie Bags to the first 200 people through the doors!
  • Craft your own drawstring canvas backpack in the DIY AREA by stamping, stenciling and drawing on blank bags provided by  COLLAGE! It’s FUN and FREE!
  • Make a Spring + Summer banner with creative reuse materials for free – sponsored by the folks from SCRAP!
  • Meet artist Susie Ghahremani of boygirlparty.com and get a signed copy of HER NEW BOOK “Stack the Cats” in the Land / buyolympia booth #1 from 12:00-3:00!

You really don’t want to miss this – it’s going to be HUGE!

Crafty Wonderland shop

Did you know that there’s also a Crafty Wonderland shop in downtown Portland? This brick-and-mortar store is located at 808 SW 10th Ave and is stocked exclusively with goods, gifts, and art created by Portland’s best and brightest.

Shops Hours
Monday – Saturday : 10am-6pm
Sunday 11am-6pm

 

 

Crafty Wonderland Shop

Photos by Eleanor Gorman and Shannon Rowland

Crafty Wonderland

About Crafty Wonderland

Crafty Wonderland is simply what happened when two Portland artists, Cathy and Torie, decided to create a venue where they could sell their own handmade goods and help friends do the same. Both were members of the all-ladies craft collective Portland Super Crafty, and together they conjured up all the things they’d want in a perfect Portland fair: regularly scheduled, indoors, juried, with a kids’ area for budding artists and a free DIY section where artists teach guests how to work their crafty magic. Thanks to immense community support, this vision became not only a reality, but a huge success. Shoppers and vendors flock to our colossal spring and holiday craft market in the spirit of celebrating all things handmade. It turns out, shoppers and tourists are super inspired by the creativity of Portlanders. They love it so much that the Portland Business Alliance and Portland Development Commission asked them to participate in their downtown pop-up shop program for the 2010 holidays. The temporary, 10-week long pop-up went so well, they decided to keep it going. They leased the space next door and set up Crafty Wonderland’s retail shop so that visitors can always get their handcrafted fix with goods and art made exclusively by Portland artists. Now people can meet the makers and own something unique that can’t be bought in a big box store, and they can stop in anytime (that they’re open, of course).



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28 Apr 2017

Live Sustainably at Hassalo on Eighth

By: Management

At Hassalo on Eighth, we pride ourselves on our sustainable approach to urban living. Wake up every day in a fresh, beautiful home and become part of a vibrant, eco-friendly neighborhood just minutes from downtown!


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LEED Platinum certification was a driving force behind our community’s design; We took great care to ensure that our LEED features fit hand-in-hand with our stunning interior and exterior spaces. This week, we thought we’d share our top five sustainable features here at Hassalo on Eighth. Check it out:

#5: FRESH AIR

The indoor air system in our apartments offers heating and cooling, but there’s more: a vent in the system also pulls fresh outside air into each home. Additionally, the kitchen hood vents out any unwanted odors and moisture, and low-VOC finishes are used on floors, doors and walls. This keeps our homes free of harmful toxins!

#4: SUSTAINABLE ENERGY CHOICES

Built with high-efficiency appliances, overhead lighting that uses 20+ year LED bulbs and exterior wall insulation with an R-Value insulating power of over 20, Hassalo on Eighth is a leader in energy conservation. This saves our residents money, and the earth resources!

#3: RECYCLING AND COMPOSTING

Each of our three buildings offers on-site composting and recycling services, allowing residents to easily and effectively manage waste. Composting is a great way to save the earth’s valuable resources by keeping them out of the landfill. This in turn reduces waste management costs, which then reduces fuel use. It also supports water conservation since compost helps with moisture retention. It’s a beautiful, sustainable, earth-saving cycle!

#2: TRANSPORTATION

MAX and Portland Streetcar lines hug our neighborhood, and we have over 1,000 bike parking spaces on site along with access to some of Portland’s most frequented bike routes. With immediate access to TriMet’s MAX line and Portland Streetcar, we are the premier transit hub on the inner east side. It’s easy to get to where you need to go when you’re coming from Hassalo on Eighth!

#1: WATER CONSERVATION

All of our low-flow fixtures automatically reduce water usage, and then of course there’s NORM, our Natural Organic Recycling Machine. With NORM, every used drop of water from sinks, toilets, showers and laundry (also known as black and grey wastewater) is collected and stored by NORM. Norm then uses innovative treatment technologies to process and clean the wastewater, to be repurposed for lanscaping and toilet flushing. NORM is the largest natural urban wastewater recycling system in North America, and we’re proud to provide this benchmark for sustainable living both locally and globally!

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NORM: Sustainable Wastewater Treatment

At Hassalo on Eighth, our residents get to wake up every day in a fresh, beautiful home and be part of a vibrant, eco-friendly neighborhood just minutes from downtown – all while reducing their carbon footprint! If you want to become part of the change with us, find the building that fits your lifestyle and come in for a tour. Let’s talk leasing!



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10 Apr 2017

GARDEN BAR Comes to Hassalo on Eighth

By: Management

We are so excited to announce that GARDEN BAR at Hassalo on Eighth has finally opened its doors! Visit the restaurant between 11am and 2pm today to help us celebrate.


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We are so excited to announce that GARDEN BAR at Hassalo on Eighth has finally opened its doors! Visit the restaurant between 11am and 2pm today to help us celebrate. Check out the lineup of amazing vendors that will be joining us:

Pok Pok Som samples
Fire Brew samples
Marshall’s Haute Sauce samples
Information and specials from FlyBuy, Portland Center Stage, YoYoYogi and MobCycle

There will also be some fantastic giveaways, and of course, delicious salad! Let’s show some support for our new neighbor. We hope to see you there!



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13 Mar 2017

Spring Cleaning: Apartment Maintenance Edition

By: Management

It may not look like it with the weather we’ve been having here in Portland, but Spring is on the way (we promise)! Now is a great time to give your apartment a maintenance check-up as part of your spring cleaning checklist. Here’s a short review of the parts of your home that you should take care of and keep an eye on regularly:


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It may not look like it with the weather we’ve been having here in Portland, but Spring is on the way (we promise)! Now is a great time to give your apartment a maintenance check-up as part of your spring cleaning checklist. Here’s a short review of the parts of your home that you should take care of and keep an eye on regularly:

LIGHT FIXTURES

When cleaning your apartment, it’s easy to forget to look up! Clean dust off the faces of your light fixtures, and remember to put in a work order with maintenance if one of your bulbs die!

VENTS & FILTERS

In order to ensure that all of your appliances continue to work properly, it’s important to clean vents and filters regularly! As part of your spring cleaning routine, you should clean the hood vent filters on your stove. They can easily be removed from the hood and cleaned using soap and water. It’s best to make this a regular habit, because the oil build-up from your cooking can get nasty fast!Another vent to clean regularly is your lint filter. Make sure that you are removing the screen and cleaning it out after each load of laundry. This is an extremely important safety precaution; Dryer fires accounted for 4.5 percent of all home fires in 2016!

To ensure that your bathroom fan continues to work properly and protect your home from mold & mildew, give the screen a good dusting at least once per month. If you can see dust on the screen, it’s time for a good cleaning!

Lastly, and perhaps the least obvious, is the importance of cleaning the filter in your air conditioning unit. The filter needs to be cleaned monthly with soap and water. Regular cleanings don’t just prolong the life of your equipment, but also keep it running efficiently, so poor maintenance could ultimately lead to higher energy bills. Additionally, a clean filter protects you from allergens in the outside air!

WATER LEAKS

Take care to always keep an eye out for water leaks in your home! Contrary to popular belief, even the smallest of leaks can lead to significant damage. Just because it looks harmless, doesn’t mean it isn’t! Failure to report a leak could result in damage fees at move-out, so we urge you to take tiny leaks seriously.

If you notice any leaks coming from the appliances or fixtures in your home (like faucets or sink pipes in the cabinets below), place a work order immediately so that our maintenance team can get the leak resolved before serious damage is caused.

CONTACTING MAINTENANCE

There are several ways that you can contact maintenance if you need assistance with any of the above items. You can:

  • Put in a work order with concierge, leasing or management
  • Put in a work order through ActiveBuilding

Our maintenance team is extremely responsive, and usually responds to requests within 24 hours. One of the many benefits of living at Hassalo on Eighth!



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03 Mar 2017

It’s Portland Dining Month!

By: Management

The month of March is a special one for Portland’s foodies. More than 100 of the city’s finest chefs are participating in what is known as Portland Dining Month: a month dedicated to celebrating the restaurants and dishes that have helped shape Portland culture. Feast now, before the month ends!


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The month of March is a special one for Portland’s foodies. More than 100 of the city’s finest chefs are participating in what is known as Portland Dining Month: a month dedicated to celebrating the restaurants and dishes that have helped shape Portland culture.

The best part about it? The deal you get when you participate in Portland Dining Month is better than any Groupon. Incredible chefs at popular restaurants such as Brix Tavern, Serratto and RingSide Steakhouse offer three-course meals for just $29.

Here are a few participating restaurants in Northeast Portland worth exploring before this month comes to a close:

  • Altabira City Tavern: Altabira is one of the very best American restaurants in the Lloyd District, with beautiful views of the city from its terrace atop the new Hotel Eastlund.
  • Autentica: Love Mexican food? Check out Autentica. Just as the name implies, this stylish cantina serves up authentic mexican cuisine (and delicious margaritas!).
  • Old Salt Marketplace: Described as a “New American supper club and bar with a lunch deli, butcher & pastry shop in loft-like digs.” If you’re looking for a tasty meal at a pretty cool locale, Old Salt Marketplace is the right place to be.
  • Pono Farm Soul Kitchen: It’s not quite what you think; though you won’t be finding any grits or gumbo at Pono Farm, what you will find is creative farm-to-table Japanese dishes from sushi to sirloin steak.
  • Salty’s on the Columbia: If the term “surf and turf” sparks a craving, Salty’s is your best bet in Northeast Portland. With an elegant atmosphere and superior waterfront views, Salty’s is the perfect option for date night or a weekend brunch.

Interested in getting a taste of Portland? Check out Portland Dining Month’s information on OpenTable for a comprehensive list of all 120+ participating restaurants. Book your reservations online now!



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17 Feb 2017

Orangetheory Fitness: What’s All The Hype About?

By: Management

Orangetheory Fitness offers a popular interval-training fitness program at a number of different locations. Their approach encourages a healthy lifestyle and makes staying fit fun!

 


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Their studios are popping up all over the city. In fact, you’ve undoubtedly already seen one (or several)! Orangetheory Fitness offers a popular interval-training fitness program at a number of different locations. Their approach encourages a healthy lifestyle and makes staying fit fun, which is why so many have gotten hooked on the program.

The name “Orangetheory Fitness” derives from the concept of staying “in the orange zone” for a certain amount of time during a workout. In other words, your goal is to maintain your body’s ideal heart rate/workout intensity level. By engaging your body in this way, you end up burning additional calories for up to 24 hours after your workout.

Orangetheory’s 60-minute workouts are exhilarating, with lively music, a high-energy studio and a talented group of fitness coaches who guide your workout to suit your individual needs. It’s also a great way to meet new friends, and each session is different so that you don’t get bored!

By showing you (and your peers) how hard you’re working at any given point in your workout, Orangetheory pushes you to try your hardest to get the most out of your workout. Many of us have a hard time holding ourselves accountable, but this program makes it easier. As a member, you’ll also get pre-booking capabilities through their mobile app to help hold you accountable for attending your scheduled sessions!

Become An Orangetheory Member

Interested in being a member at the Lloyd District location? Choose from their basic, elite and premier packages. Orangetheory’s memberships are month-to-month with no contract, and your first session is free! Stop by the studio or contact their office at (503) 946-9409 to learn more about their program.



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03 Feb 2017

Making Small Spaces Feel Spacious

By: Management

A guest post by Elwood resident Henri Martinez-Lessard

Open the door of your apartment at Hassalo on Eighth and you’ll be invited into a world of mingling social movements. You’re greeted by bright, open floor plans fit with modern finishes, and smart technologies. Explore further and you’ll realize these spacious-seeming units are mostly between 500 and 700 square feet. You’re now at the intersection of the small house movement and green living movement.


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A guest post by Elwood resident Henri Martinez-Lessard

Open the door of your apartment at Hassalo on Eighth and you’ll be invited into a world of mingling social movements. You’re greeted by bright, open floor plans fit with modern finishes, and smart technologies. Explore further and you’ll realize these spacious-seeming units are mostly between 500 and 700 square feet. You’re now at the intersection of the small house movement and green living movement.

These spaces offer more than the eye can see. Tiny living and low-impact/green living offers numerous advantages, unique opportunities for design and introspection. When faced with limited living space, questions present themselves: How will I use this space? What is important for my daily life? What do I want and need to surround myself with in order feel at home? The list may be long and never-ending, ultimately square footage will dictate which items make the list and which are cut.

Make living in your space successful and enlivening by creating multipurpose spaces decorated with multipurpose furniture. I’ll share some of my favorite ways to design a small space that will give you big time vibes and pack maximum impact into every single square foot.

Believe That Unconventional Can Work

Make your home a place uniquely suited to you. Don’t get stuck on the idea that a dining area is only for dining or that a spare room must be decorated as a guest bedroom. If you don’t need a dining table or have room for one, give your space a live-work vibe by making the dining area into your office. Clear your desk for special occasions requiring a dining table. Have a second bedroom but no real need for a second bed? Turn it into a dressing room, gallery or indoor garden space. If you don’t have a lot of furniture, consider anchoring a room with something unexpected like an imposing garden pedestal or sculpture. Adding elements meant for outdoors can add unexpected dimension.

Integrate Multipurpose Furniture

Shop for stackable or modular pieces that stow away easily or serve multiple purposes. Side tables that double as stools are a perfect way to add seating or table space to a conversation area.

Cherish and reflect your own favorite style but consider adding a piece of mid-century, modern or industrial furniture. These pieces are particularly well-suited to small spaces. They often feature minimalist bases or tops, can fit in tight spaces, and typically very strong. Check out Kartell’s Prince AHA Stool or their mid-century classic Componibili Round Storage Module, both are lightweight and stackable.

Add a piece or two of transparent furniture in glass or acrylic, they can add understated “wow-factor” and functionality without visually overwhelming small areas. I balance out the heavy quality of Restoration Hardware’s Flat Iron Desk by pairing it with Kartell’s Louis Ghost chair (in crystal, or smoke) in our dining room-office.

Free Up Your Surfaces

As it often does in my apartment, a desk can double as a dining table. It’s easier to make most furniture multipurpose by keeping its surface clear or clutter-free.

Surprisingly common household items can make artful displays, enabling you to free up most surfaces. Consider what can go on the wall and get creative with your display. Perhaps you have beautiful wooden or copper utensils that can be a hung on the tile backsplash, freeing up counter/cupboard space and adding personality to your kitchen. I hang rulers in a random composition on the wall above my drafting table which frees the space for other uses and allows me to quickly fold up the table top to create more space in the room.

Keep Your Paths Clear

Keeping open floor space is comforting visually and psychologically. Avoid feeling your daily path is impeded by clutter by ridding your space of too much or too large furniture.

Make big pieces blend in and small pieces pop. It’s okay to have large statement pieces but have a few others that blend into the background. Or try using smaller pieces to create negative space in front of large furniture. I have a large blue-green sofa against a white wall and use white side tables in front to create the illusion of negative space. Moooi’s Double Round Table Lamp is large and fills out a corner nicely while its white cloth blends into the wall behind it.

Search for pieces with hairpin legs or pedestal-style bases, they have all the functionality but typically have smaller footprints which keeps the area beneath them free or available for modular storage.

Paint Your Walls with Light

Adding light to a space instantly makes it feel larger and more inviting. If you long for colorful walls adding a Philips Hue Light kit can provide wonderful ambiance for your living space.

Freestanding pieces like Hue Bloom and Hue Go are small, stylish and discreet. Place a Bloom in a corner behind a plant for a striking, glowing silhouette.

Mix Textures & Colors for Depth

Don’t match too many fabrics. Smaller spaces need to pack more visual interest to keep the eye from getting bored.  I find mixing a variety of colors in a small space keeps the eye interested and avoids creating visual blobs or big blocks of color. Split-complimentary color combinations have vibrant appeal (even muted palettes) without being too visually demanding or harsh. Enhance your color scheme and connect colors by layering accessory pieces with different patinas. Stains, washes, or natural patinas are subtle and sophisticated and seem to work better in small spaces than patterns.

Add Plants

Incorporate plants into your décor, they evoke an expansive feeling, it could come from memories of visiting a vast desert, deep forest, or wide canyon. Mix foliage shapes to create depth and urban-jungle appeal. Adding plants not only improves the energy of a space, but also improves air quality.

Clean Living

Keeping smaller spaces clean takes less time but the products used can have a greater polluting impact on indoor air quality. Living in a LEED Platinum building means well-insulated apartments can keep you exceptionally warm or cool but can also occasionally retain fumes. Consider a sizable investment in Dyson’s Pure Cool Link Purifier or Humidifier. The quality of indoor air and humidity plays a big role in our health and well-being. Avoid scent-masking products or heavily scented laundry detergents. Many artificial fragrances contain toxins.  Consider instead, eco-friendly household cleaning products. Check out Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soap and Mrs. Meyers Dishwasher Tabs.

Wherever you call home and however you do or don’t decorate it, remember to consider everything you allow inside and the effects it will have on your well being, sense of safety, and future developments.

Henri and Rusty

 



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