Monday, March 23, 2009

Lotta Jansdotter in San Francisco

I was browsing the Sunset Magazine site and found this great feature on designer Lotta Jansdotter and husband Nick Anderson's tiny 735 square foot apartment in San Francisco. Lotta and Nick are in New York now, but it's lovely to be able to revisit their old home and see their great ideas for living large (and inexpensively) in a small space. Have a look at more photos of their San Francisco home here. And visit Lotta's online shop here, too.

From top to bottom: The living room transformed quickly into a guest room when company visited, with a futon that unfolded into a bed, and the coffee table becoming a nightstand; The bedroom was created when Jansdotter and Anderson found that their full-size bed fit perfectly in their oversized storage closet; The dining room was a desk for two by day; In the kitchen the walls became storage space; The printed linen bags in the hallway were designed by Lotta; The old school lockers, repurposed as storage, were salvaged by Lotta off the street, and stored light bulbs, linens, laundry detergent, towels and such; Even the tiniest space was used, such as this tall narrow shelf unit tucked between two doors.

Haciendo el Indio

I had a lovely email from Cristina recently about her utterly charming shop Hacienda el Indio. Cristina is an illustrator and designer and sounds like a fascinating person to know — she grew up in different countries, her richly creative childhood eventually leading her to study at Central St. Martins School of Design and Parsons School of Art & Design. Following this she worked for a variety of large communication, decoration and entertainment companies. One day she decided to leave the big city and settle near the Mediterranean with her family, where with the help of her children she rediscovered the joys of childhood and started her lovely shop Hacienda el Indio. Now she designs and creates felt and linen dolls, unique wall art, beautiful printed cotton accessories, illustrations, small jewels, and stationery. You can see more of her enchanting work at Haciendo el Indio here.
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