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K & K's Creative Space

Name:

K&K

Location:

Washington, Washington D.C.

Division:

Tiny

Square Feet:

500

What I Love About My Home


We have laid out the space so we can easily access the tools we need to be creative. Cooking and baking are easy because the kitchen isn't cramped. We store art materials in the space under the bed, and there's a corner full of electronic equipment and musical instruments (in addition to the yellow piano!). The clean, open, comfortable vibe really makes it a home for us. There are enough neutrals to be relaxing and enough splashes of color to be energizing. We really enjoy spending time here - it's our place to recharge.

Biggest Challenge in Furnishing My Home


Balancing neatness with accessibility. We created easy-to-reach storage for most things. But we also just accepted that instruments and electronics need to be available for the creative urge to strike at any moment!

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Very nice. Extra points for the cats and the schoolbus-yellow piano.

posted by cvgmiami on April 25, 2011 at 9:00am
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also love the piano...and am obsessed with the floral fabric on the chair? Any chance you would share the source?

posted by npedroza on April 25, 2011 at 9:43am
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yeah...I'm going to need that yellow piano...

posted by lorrinm on April 25, 2011 at 10:40am
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Cats :) I love how they were in every picture...Like furry tour guides.

Also love the yellow piano.

posted by pheebs79 on April 25, 2011 at 10:42am
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Love the yellow piano and the style around it. Very nice. The pictures of the bedroom area seem a little awkward to me, it would have been nice to see it in it's whole rather than pieces of it. But it might be the camera angle. Lovely apartment and the cats are adorable!

posted by Tracy333 on April 25, 2011 at 12:23pm
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i don't appreciate the "artsy" photos. you could have used that photo space to show us your loft bed, your office, your entry or your bathroom. it would help us get a better sense of the space.

posted by thekatpack on April 25, 2011 at 2:07pm
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holy moly! I love your piano bench!! is it custom made for the piano??

posted by pier723 on April 25, 2011 at 2:20pm
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kitty looks like he/she is thinking about destroying those guitar strings.

posted by ec05 on April 25, 2011 at 3:24pm
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Haha another one where the pet(s) manage to be in every photo.

posted by Lilah on April 25, 2011 at 3:56pm
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Very nicely done. Great kitchen/living/dining room. And that wall of windows! No need to tell you that's fantastic. I like seeing your musical instruments, and of course, the kitties.

posted by GreenKey on April 25, 2011 at 4:31pm
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So much light, thats wonderfull. Nice cats.

posted by Ofelia on April 25, 2011 at 5:00pm
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I'm afraid the cat on the table where one eats is a huge turn off.

posted by gb on April 25, 2011 at 5:49pm
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I need a piano to feel at home. Where did you get that light over the dining table? I love it.

posted by mollyfields on April 25, 2011 at 7:57pm
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Great use of space. It doesn't seem like 500 sq. feet because of how you've laid things out.

posted by sparklefluff on April 25, 2011 at 7:59pm
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The floral fabric on the chair is from Ikea. It's great stuff -- I've made several things with it, including a couple of bolster pillows and a little makeup bag. It's even better in person.

posted by artnerd on April 25, 2011 at 8:20pm
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Hi! I have a space very similar to yours, also in DC -- open kitchen situated on a wall with the "living area" being just one big room about the same size as yours (I have a separate bedroom, though).

Might I make a kind suggestion of simply rotating the sofa+ottoman 180 degrees so it faces the wall instead of facing the kitchen? Then you can put your console along the wall facing your sofa instead of on the adjacent wall. You can get a narrow sofa table to anchor the sofa and create a "hall"-like space for your kitchen.

I tried a layout like yours with the sofa facing the kitchen and I did not like it because I hated always staring at the dirty dishes :) Guests to my place have commented that not being able to see the kitchen from sitting on the sofa in the living area makes the space feel more broken up (in a good way) and cozy. Best of luck!

posted by Scoot on April 25, 2011 at 8:36pm
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You had me at flying V guitar. Looks so much bigger than 500 sqft!

posted by highondesign on April 25, 2011 at 8:46pm
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Love your cats, especially the black and white one. Cute little place.

posted by Florida Joyce on April 25, 2011 at 10:47pm
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I'm a little confused by the furniture layout. I've been studying it for several minutes. You have your sofa facing the kitchen? That seems a little odd to me, does it work for you? Have you played with different furniture layouts?

I'd love to rearrange the furniture, but am not really sure how I'd do it. I do love the yellow piano.

posted by robertspeg on April 25, 2011 at 11:41pm
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Sucker for the cats. And the swell digs. Favorite.

posted by PattyD on April 25, 2011 at 11:49pm
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As a cat owner I'm always interested to see how litter boxes are incorporated into spaces. Where do you keep yours?

posted by Six Twenty Seven Blog on April 26, 2011 at 12:31am
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From: LAST POST---Please share where you put the litter box?
I LOVE your space and love the cats that let you take their pictures (cats own people:-)). I really appreciate the decisions you had to make with access in a small space. You made smart decisions and fortunately for you your guitars/piano are pieces of art.
Also, I love how the B/W cat gives the suspicious look at the guitars.
Great ideas. Thank you for sharing them!

posted by d Elle on April 26, 2011 at 12:41am
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I'm also curious about where the light over the dining table came from.

Lovely place, and it really shows your passion for music. And has great light!

posted by emmelemm on April 26, 2011 at 12:51am
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Great place! The kitties really made me smile.

posted by peggybelle on April 26, 2011 at 1:57am
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love the way you've incorporated textiles. and yes, that pic of the yellow piano and bench is awesome!

posted by aj510 on April 26, 2011 at 2:48am
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Love the kitty on the kitchen table... 'cause that's real life. Very cozy atmosphere you have created with some great personality in your style.

posted by visualeyes on April 26, 2011 at 3:42am
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Two cats in a space so small? My kitty goes mad when she's locked inside the house for the entire day... but maybe she's a little bit crazy. I also wonder where you put your litter box, and admire your placement of the instruments. I'll be facing that challenge soon moving out with my muso boyfriend.

posted by Lunchy on April 26, 2011 at 7:22am
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Clean. Neat. Organized.

posted by elle31 on April 26, 2011 at 8:08am
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Thanks, everyone! I'm always open to furniture-moving suggestions. I rearrange furniture as a hobby. :)

The gray chair fabric is from IKEA.
The pendant lamp is a discontinued style from Viva Terra. I would buy another one if it ever came back. If anyone finds an alternate source, I'd love to hear about it.
My brother made the piano bench!

And about the cats: I've tried to keep them off the counters and table, but we all know that when the humans are asleep or gone, the cats run the place. I just clean surfaces before I use them. They don't seem to think the place is too small: they can quite happily chase each other along the wall of windows.
The litter boxes are in the bathroom. I'm daydreaming about a box-hiding contraption but for now, there are just 2 top-entry boxes along the bathroom wall.

Thanks for the comments and suggestions!

posted by kwp-DC on April 26, 2011 at 9:42am
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I love that you found space in 500 sq feet for a piano! that's awesome. You've inspired me to find space for one too. :)

posted by notyou on April 26, 2011 at 12:43pm
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Oh, I'd also like to ask if you painted the piano? If so, is it the same process as painting a piece of furniture?

posted by notyou on April 26, 2011 at 12:46pm
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Love the yellow piano and that big leaf canvas. is it fabric? and i did enjoy the "artsy" pictures.

posted by conejitoasesino on April 27, 2011 at 5:08am
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I did paint the piano! It was a free Craigslist piano, covered in chipping veneer. The paint gave it new life. However, it's not a great paint job. It's different than furniture - because it's veneer, I couldn't strip it, so I painted a few coats of primer, then 3 coats of yellow. It's tricky around the keys, and I probably should have followed up with something to seal the paint.

The artsy pics were designed to be functional, actually - I had a hard time fitting everything into the frame! The big leaf canvas is just a huge piece of Merimekko fabric, stretched over a frame. It serves as a short room divider, so that you can't see the computer workspace from the bed. The room still looks very open, but the view from the bed is uncluttered. I'll try to get better photos next year!

Thanks so much for your comments! I really love getting the feedback.

- one of the Ks

posted by kwp-DC on April 27, 2011 at 9:59am
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I really like your home! You have packed a LOT of stuff in there without it seeming cluttered. But, where, on the floorplan, is the piano? I can't place it.

Also, I second the suggestion to turn the sofa around so that it backs up to the kitchen space.

posted by Holly14 on April 27, 2011 at 1:54pm
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I absolutely love this apartment and how the space is used! I have thought about moving into a studio but have been apprehensive about a small space. This is just brilliant with the dividing wall and the huge windows. Is there anyway you could share what building this is in? Or at least what part of DC?

posted by DBinDC on May 10, 2011 at 11:01am
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