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Display Name: patrick74
Member Since: 3/27/07

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I love stairs that creatively utilize the oft-neglected space underneath. Like these. Or my staircase.

Apartment Therapy New York | What Kind of Stair Person Are You?
5/15/09 02:45 PM

Yes, please!

Apartment Therapy New York | Thursday Giveaway: Eames Molded Plywood Lounge Chair in Red
7/10/08 10:31 AM

Congrats guys! It's great to see the top prize go to a place rooted in functionality.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Small Cool 2008: First Place
5/16/08 11:51 AM

Hi pbphoenix. I'm not sure why its bugging you so much. Like it or not, it exists as is, and as described. Is our place the ideal, super-designed hyper-perfectionist place of people with impeccible taste? No. We built it with practicality in mind first. Then tried to make it look nice. Works for us, not for everyone.

Apartment Therapy New York | East Finalists: Fantasy League Thread
5/15/08 08:53 PM

Wait, are we critiquing the design of their house or their lifestyle? I don't understand the huge debates that come up around houses with kids. The thing is, when you live with kids, there will always be toys and such out. That's what kids do. But a well-designed home for kids will have places to put them away easily, which is exactly what you do when you are photographing the space for a home feature (but that's the photgrapher and/or art director's job - they could prop it a bit more of they wanted to).

For a family home, if anything, my aesthetic is to have the "put-away" state a bit too sparse, so when you are living your life and things are actually out you're not tripping over the visual clutter. Plus, more importantly for safety's sake, you don't want anything accessible that doesn't need to be - young kids will pull it over, get paint on it, stick it in their mouth and choke, etc.

Love the place - it stopped me in my tracks when I got the mag. The finishes, particularly the wall, are amazing. And fyi, the stairs are encased by a glass wall so kids don't fall off.

Apartment Therapy New York | Queens Modern New York Magazine 5.19.08
5/15/08 11:39 AM

Thanks allisonlindsay, selena, Devyn and everyone else for your kind words!

Melinda, for the record we're not actually in the Archive building - good guess though! We're in a smaller former horseshoe factory a few blocks east.

Goonie, we actually have some art up in the bathroom, on the opposite wall immediately behind the camera position. Couldn't show it all...

And Amybell, the blue is Benjamin Moore Tranquil Blue, eggshell finish.

Apartment Therapy New York | East Finalist: Family of Four’s “Two Bedroom” Studio
5/13/08 07:26 PM

Bummed I can't make it. We'll actually be in Chicago next week, but couldn't swing it earlier.

Any interest/possibility of an NYC gathering that nite? We seem pretty well represented.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | RSVP: The (not so) Small (very) Cool Party
5/12/08 09:05 PM

Greer, thanks for the compliment! Since we're in the finals, more pics are on the way. And I am happy to pass along the contact info - drop me an email to patrick at ultravirgo dot com. Best of luck with your renovation!

Apartment Therapy New York | East #5: Family of Four’s “Two Bedroom” Studio
5/6/08 02:01 PM

We have storage cabinets and drawers under our stairs, and love it (as seen on our Small Cool entry: ). We actually took out a closet to put the stairs there, but ended up with more usable space due to the increased organization inside. Now, when I see places with solid walls under the stairs, all I can think of is the wasted space.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Roundup: Best Staircase Storage Solutions
4/28/08 12:26 PM

Hi aptsr4kids, thanks for the compliment! As for the kids' space, we got the crib type where it converts to a toddler bed (frame drops, sides come off) so he could sleep there as he gets older, and not take up any more floorspace. When he outgrows that, we'll need to readdress the layout; though there is length there to extend to a twin bed. As for toys, we don't keep many up there - to encourage playing in the communal space.

Apartment Therapy New York | East #5: Family of Four’s “Two Bedroom” Studio
4/17/08 01:44 PM

It's great to hear other parents and parents-to-be considering smaller space! It is indeed a constant battle to stem the tide of stuff that comes in with/for kids, but one that needs to be fought regardless of size. At some point the little ones will surely outgrow it, but we hope to have a few more years.

Dahlia, I couldn't agree with you more - bedrooms are for bed activities. Even when we had bigger bedrooms, we didn't hang out there at all, so we really don't miss much there.

And the high ceilings are indeed what keep it from feeling cramped, and a big part of what drew us to the space initially. It's a great value since no one charges by the cubic foot!

Apartment Therapy New York | East #5: Family of Four’s “Two Bedroom” Studio
4/11/08 09:10 PM

Wow! The interplay of colors is great, and love that you grouped all the "messy" stuff into one big group of shelves. My only minor quibble is how jammed into the corner the dining table feels. But you've really fit a lot into a small space.

Apartment Therapy New York | East #13: Kayla's Hall of Blues
4/11/08 08:52 PM

Super cool. Very tasteful use of color and a great, well-organized layout.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Southwest #10: Kelly and Josh's Work in Progress
4/11/08 08:39 PM

I believe that photo is Gregory Crewdson's.

Small Cool Judges: Kara Mann
5/4/07 10:07 AM