Monday, March 10

In The Library: In The City.

I recently got this great new book, The Way We Live In The City, and wanted share a glimpse of what city living can be like, for maybe some of those of you who aren't city dwellers. Living in a city brings on its challenges - parking, space, proximity to maybe those you don't wish to have such close proximity to. But I revel in its splendors - walking wherever I need to, corner markets, the neighborhood-ness, culture and shops and cafes of all kinds at your fingertips. I love city living. And this book, In The City celebrates that lifestyle.



I enjoy the challenge of the small space conundrum and relish designing ways of making it all fit within intimate city dwellings. This book offers some inventive and inspiring solutions on just how to make your belongings, well, belong in the tiny spaces apartment living allows. You take advantage of every nook and cranny, and it's considered perfectly normal to have your office sitting smack in the middle of your living room, and it's not unusual for your bed to just fit, and not much else.


Our kitchens are exposed, sometimes very exposed. I had friends who used to call their kitchen 'the betchen' because their bed was in their kitchen's dining nook! You gotta work every bit of space to its best advantage, and having your dishes on display can look great - mix and match or go for a clean, stark white.






Every wall becomes a gallery, or family album full of kids' drawings and art projects. Every shelf a place for books and memorabilia. I guess when you're a city dweller, all things are just a bit more shared, and more exposed, it's all out there in the open. But I wouldn't have it any other way. City Living is the life for me.






29 comments:

Mrs.French said...

oh, oh I was going to lay off of amazon for awhile....I'll start fresh tomorrow.

Chelsea said...

Thank you for sharing! I love this.

Spoon&Tamago said...

Last image on the left... that may be the most gorgeous staircase I've ever seen.

katie said...

What a fun book! Wish it had been around when I lived in a tiny apartment in NYC!

Keyse said...

this looks like an amazing book! Cant wait to see it. I love that white opened kitchen, reminds me of my new place.
-K

sfgirlbybay said...

You're all quite welcome!

Keyse - congrats on the new apartment - have a blast decorating! :)

Topsy Turvy said...

Great inspiration - even for those of us in small houses! Lana

lilia said...

OMG. Must. Have. This. Book. :-)

karina said...

Great book,i`ll check amazon!

Lola Is Beauty said...

I was given a really beautiful book just called "The Way We Live" a few years ago - amazing photography like this...this must be the next one in the series...oohhhh...

SimplyGrove said...

I love the nursery wall!!! Is it pieces of wallpaper or fabric?

stephanie said...

Hello !

I really love the nursery wall also!

We are buying a new flat, and it gives me great ideas!

Thank you for sharing all!

Anonymous said...

lovely post. thanks for all the great pictures!

katherine. said...

I just adore this book. It was a recent gift and I can't seem to put it down!

robyn said...

I love this book and have given it as a gift. I posted some of the flower pics first, you chose great rooms to post! : )

sfgirlbybay said...

lola - yes - i believe they are of the same series of books.

simplygrove - i looked it up in the book and it says screenprinted, so i think it was done on fabric and affixed to the walls.

Anonymous said...

I just spent my Saturday on the couch looking through this book, and my usually uninterested husband even leaned over my shoulder a few times and said "Oooh, look at that..." great book!

Alya said...

This is really helpful and sooo inspiring. I really must post pictures of my old apartment in London. So tiny, but you learn to make it prettier.

Cindy said...

Wonderful book -I just ordered it from Amazon!!

I like the idea that it isn't embrassed at (and it revels in) showing small spaces and how inventive people are in coping with them (stylishly).

My friends from outside of DC are always horrified that I went from 2600 sq feet to 400 but I love my tiny place.

Casey said...

this book looks great. i love the photos. may have to pick it up myself...

Janelle said...

Wow - I must order this book. Thanks for posting it.

I feel like you actually learn to use the space that you have much more efficiently when there is less of it. My current apartment is slightly smaller than my previous one (tiny by suburban standards, but quite comfortable), and in the process of adjusting to the tighter quarters I learned a lesson about what I really need out of a home, and what is just fluff.

I'm in love with the fourth photo -- of all the pictures lined up on the shallow shelves. I may have to implement that in my place.

Sparkie said...

I've owned this book for a while and every time I pick it up I catch something new, for instance: did you know the cover photo is a San Francisco apartment? I also love "How We Live, By The Sea". They look great together on a bookshelf...

historybuff said...

I live in West Texas, so I am especially envious (I love San Fran! by the way) of you urban dwellers!
I love the picture of the two rows of art/pictures the length of the bedroom wall. But framing so many pictures get a little pricey. I wonder how it would look without all of the frames?
Anyways, I enjoy your blog and thanks for all of the pix in this book.

dmstudio said...

I'll have to check this out. I have another you might be interested in. It is titled "City Living" creative design ideas for the new urban home by Sharne Algotsson.

massi said...

well...i live in the city...or i should sayt a big town. there are so many advantages (in 20' minutes by bike i am in the office, everything is just around the corner...) and so many problems (traffic, noise 24H, pollution...) but actually NOW i prefer staying inside the city.
I also have a small apartment...and I have to learn How to "gotta work every bit of space to its best advantage". Sometimes it looks great and cozy as You displayed...sometimes it is only a big mess!
Anyway, GREAT post, thank You.

Cindy said...

I bought this book just based on your posting!
Thanks,
Cindy

(BTW am in a 500 sq ft condo in DC area ---everything is sooo tiny)

stephmodo said...

I miss city living. San Francisco makes it so easy to love the city. What I wouldn't give for the bus to stop outside my apartment 13 times a day. Sigh....

stacy said...

I love this book. What they all have done with such small spaces.

LadyYing said...

So happy to have come across this book via your blog :)

I live right in the heart of Montreal and lucky to have snag a spacious place but the rooms are so long more then wide I sometimes don't know what to do especially my sons room is angled so oddly. Love this book it really helped me with some ideas I could try out.
But I love living in the city and always have from L.A, Chicago, N.Y, Taipei and now Montreal.