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My Pad Has Been Crashed

I'm so excited that Sherry and John from Young House Love 
—one of my all time fave blogs— virtually crashed our small abode in New York City. I have no words to describe how honored I am by Sherry's insanely beautiful write up in their fabulous blog. She definitely has a way with words (doesn't she?). But you don't have to believe me. See the beautiful post here and judge for yourself. BTW, I also want to give a warm welcome to all the new fans that have found my blog through this House Crashing. Thanks for the love, YHL!

P.S. The response to their post has been enormous and everybody has been requesting to see a floor plan of the apartment and more details on our furnishings. Everyone is curious how we managed to include so many storage solutions in such a small place. So, not to panic. As a result, and by popular demand, I'll soon be starting a new series in my blog illustrating how to live in 500 sq. feet, and showing examples on how we did it. Stay tuned!

Reader Comments (50)

Just learned about you guys today fromYHL and I'm a huge fan..I'll be stopping by everyday!! Keep up the wonderful work!
Jan 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany T.
Simply gorgeous! I found you from YHL, and you definitely have a wonderful sense of style. I would not change a thing. Beautiful home!
Jan 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSadie Dax
Just found you by way of your site! Your posts are marvelous!
Jan 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterirene g
Another YHL fan-turned-DesignerPad fan here! I adore your place. I currently live in a 900 sf apartment that I moved into from a 1400 sf single familly house. If anything can inspire me to make great use of our space it's your home! I was excited to see your couch pillows. I recently made some for my own modern-looking couch and I used a mix of patterns in like-colors as you did. When my friend saw the fabrics pre-sewing he told me that they didn't "go together" but I pushed on with my creations and love the mix of patterns with a similar color scheme.
Jan 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterClaire
I also jumped here from YHL and I love your home and your site! (And your dog!) Thanks for sharing with us!
Jan 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterann
Saw your home through YHL and WOW! I am in love. You have an amazing eye. I am adding you to my bookmarks, I think I can learn a lot from you!!
Jan 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJesse
Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love, love, love your place. Pleeeeeeeeeeeze come and do our house (next time you are in Dallas!).
Jan 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren J
Hi Karen
Thanks for your loving words. Hey, you never know. If in Dallas, I might crash your home! :)
Jan 21, 2011 | Registered CommenterEduardo
To all my new followers, WELCOME!! and thanks for your nice comments...
You make me blush!
Jan 21, 2011 | Registered CommenterEduardo
Beautiful home! It is inspiring to see what you can do in such a small place. Wonderful :)
Jan 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmily
Wow - I have no words to describe your place. It is that inspiring! I am so glad YHL crashed your place so that so many of us could be introduced to your talent. If ever you find yourself north of the border (Ottawa, Canada), do let me know. I would love to work with you on my place. Or if you would ever, ever consider advising via email, let me know!

Again, thanks :)
Jan 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKiran
HI Kiran,
OMG, you're making me blush! you are so, so very kind and sweet. Your words mean lots to me. I'm not sure when I'll be going your way, but in the meantime, I would love to help you (at least virtually) with any design question or concern you might have about your place.
Jan 21, 2011 | Registered CommenterEduardo
I had already bookmarked your site and didn't realize until I checked back today that it was YOUR place on YHL. Your apartment is awesome. So gorgeous! Very nice work with all the DIY and making such a small footprint seem spacious, homey, and beautiful.
Jan 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate
I also saw your home on YHL and your bedroom curtains are what I have been looking for! Could you share where you found them?
Jan 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaria
Saw your house on YHL. I just love it - everything was so well thought out. I especially love the desk in the corner idea, I am in need of an area like that. And the post mentioned that you made the pillows yourself?? Love them!
Jan 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNancy
love your space... I am another YHL viewer- and I have to say that your modern aesthetic is so great- streamlined and beautiful and functional with some whimsy thrown in. Just finished a huge remodel/addition to my home - my hubby and I did all the work ourselves from the structural framing to the tiling and finish work and now the fun part- decorating! Your blog is inspiring me! Bookmarking you :)
Jan 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKari
Popping by from YHL... LOVE the place. I have a passion to make my home look minimalist-yet-lived in. Very inspired. Will be stopping and checking in again!
Jan 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVillageStreetBarn
I also found your site through YHL. I love your beautiful home and especially your artwall. I will definitely be back! Great job.
Jan 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKathy
So so glad YHL crashed your home! You are inspiring and I will look forward to reading your blog. I love your style and use of color. What a beautiful space. I am a southern girl with a big ole 3500 sf house and I am sure you will provide much inspiration! You almost make me wish I were space challenged so that I could rise to the occasion as you have so brilliantly done - XXXOOO
Jan 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary G.
Simply gorgeous.

And you have a French Bulldog named Oliver??? You are PERFECT. lol
Jan 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHelena

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