In the next few lines, we will show you Ingrid's 322 square-foot space (30 sqm). Innovative, svelte and refreshing are some of the words we'd like to describe her unit.
*1. I finally framed the poster that made me change the way I see Manila. I thought it would put the unit into context. The more I travel, the more I appreciate home. The santo (saint/image) is an antique from the family - the one that "escaped" the fire. I think I told you the story. The books are all Lonely Planet "Encounter" guides, which I collect. Kulang pa - hindi pa ako nakakabili (I haven't bought) for some of the other cities I've visited.Click "Read More" to view the rest of Ingrid's Prada-esque home.
*2. Underneath is the mess I haven't sorted out. Old books, my travel bag, magazines I haven't read, a nice bottle of wine waiting to be opened, etc. You can also see the SkyCable Digibox, which is useful for a person who switches channels as much as I do.
*3. There's finally a temporary workspace/fold-out desk. It's installed in the formerly useless small foyer. The IKEA thing never came (they ran out of stock) so this was the next best thing. It's functional. Eyelove.
The Gucci chair is nomadic. It becomes a side table, a chair for watching TV, a working chair, a chair to eat in, etc. It's heavy, so exercise na rin when moving it around.
More photos of Ingrid's flat has been featured in AT, seeking professional help on "How to Give the Bedroom More Privacy" because she's using sliding glass dividers (as pictured below).
*MSP and I framed all the maps of the cities that were memorable to us - even those we didn't love, pero memorable pa rin (but are still memorable). You can see right away that Paris is the messiest!
AT Editor's reply: This is a really cool space! I'm not sure you can get less low-maintenance than curtains. Have you considered a hospital tract or inexpensive curtain wire? Floor to ceiling curtains on a hospital tract could look nice when pulled completely back — and are a quick and easy way to hide the bedroom if unexpected guests drop by.Among AT readers' suggestions were:
- Panel curtains from IKEA
- Frosting or window films (which we did on our own window)
- eShoji paper
- Adding a canopy to the bed
We will end this post with an excerpt from one of Ingrid's blog entries:
Many others who have chosen to live in small houses exactly like this cite three reasons why they live the way they do:*photo and text credits: laptop-in-a-prada
(1) No mortgage
(2) Which means more money
(3) And more time to travel, read, do the things they love (because they don't have to work as hard as they don't "need" that much cash to maintain or pay for a conventional house)
If you think about it, living in a small, simple home affords you MORE LUXURY and FREEDOM. This makes me appreciate the small space we own, and just how ideal it really is for a lifestyle of work-travel-work-sleep. In that order.