Small...The New Big
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Row Home Art House
Three art students share a 1,000-square-foot, two-story row house in the heart of Baltimore's art district and use their living room as a shared art studio. Creativity abounds in style and purpose here. Album covers decorate the wall and store LPs. A sled found on the side of the road is now a coat rack. Unusual and fresh ways of organizing the space and a willingness to live with bizarre twists on standard accessories set the tone for this chic abode.
Sharing living space to create art appeals to these pals. Work surfaces are multifunctional: the art desk contains materials for a variety of projects and a tapestry hung on the wall pulls aside to reveal a drawing surface.
Once upon a time it may have heated coffee; these days it's a microwave coffee table. Narrowly avoiding the garbage heap, this peculiar furnishing stores books to keep an uncluttered surface up top. In a word: memorable.
If you can't hide it, stylize it. Art student Katie Miller arranges her garments in rainbow color order on an open clothing rack. This is a girl who likes lots of color and patterns—and it shows.
Clotheslines aren't just for the outdoors anymore. Art student Michelle McCoskey keeps her scarves and hats organized by hanging them on a line with wooden clothespins.
People downsizing to loft living seek 'authenticity' with urban culture and amenities.