MINI LIVING | designlovefest

i’m working on a six month long project with  that i’m feeling really excited about! it’s a company created by MINI (the car brand!) that is focusing on sustainability in our homes (they’re calling them urban cabins). what would it look like if we used design to focus on creating living spaces that have a smaller footprint but that don’t take away from your quality of life? it’s focused on urban life and sharing space within a community, and maximizing what we get out of every square inch of our homes. the cabin in LA is only about 160 square feet so every design decision really counts. it was really amazing to see how they used the space, i actually felt like it would be possible to live well in something that small. part of the project was creating a video that will introduce the concept of , which was filmed on location in LA and then we’ll be traveling to beijing and tokyo later this year to see the cabins being built there. i also hosted a dinner on the roof outside the cabin with a few friends and spent the night there as well!

MINI LIVING | designlovefest
MINI LIVING | designlovefest

i toured the home which was set on the rooftop in the arts district of LA, in a very stylish new area called . you should definitely check out all the hip shops and restaurants happening there!

MINI LIVING | designlovefest
MINI LIVING | designlovefest

now let me show you inside! i love how the plants come through on the ceiling and make it feel like a greenhouse. in each location a local architect is asked to design part of the space and have it represent the city. in LA, designed this center portion that felt almost like an optical illusion. colorful graphics, open air, metal and plants. it’s definitely appropriate for LA, since so much of our lives here have that indoor/outdoor way of living. (thanks, weather)

MINI LIVING | designlovefest
MINI LIVING | designlovefest
MINI LIVING | designlovefest

my favorite part…well that’s hard to choose. i absolutely loved the wooden panels that swung open and made the house feel open and airy, and i especially liked the tiny cutout shapes in the walls that created awesome light effects throughout the day. there were also a ton of fun surprises like the terrazzo tile in the kitchen, the iridescent mirrors, the moveable shapes that functioned as hooks, and the garden on the roof. it felt like the future in there!

MINI LIVING | designlovefest
MINI LIVING | designlovefest
MINI LIVING | designlovefest
MINI LIVING | designlovefest

the bed actually even rolls outside so that you can sleep under the stars! you can see my friend jesse and her babe checking out the view.

MINI LIVING | designlovefest
MINI LIVING | designlovefest

it was a really special night. i kept having this very grateful feeling all day. to be working with such a talented and kind crew and client, to be doing something i really believe in, and to be having fun while doing it! and i definitely started thinking about tidying up my life, living with less, and what actually creates happiness in a home…it was very thought provoking.

after everyone left, denise and i watched netflix in bed with a glass of wine and pushed the bed outside. it was a fun little adventure with my friend!

MINI LIVING | designlovefest
MINI LIVING | designlovefest

what do you think about MINI living? do you think less in more? i would love to know your thoughts!

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    This particular “mini” cabin is probably the most design forward we’ve ever seen. Love the peg wall and moving parts to create more space. It would be nice to see how it works in an actual location surrounded by others or in the urban environment. I think it would change your overall perception of safety or sense of claustrophobia. I can see a park of these surrounded by green communal spaces, but the cost of living would probably be high. Anyway, the concept is well executed. Thanks for sharing.

    this looks amazing!!! I would love to be able to live mini. it is so hard for me to declutter being a mom of two young kiddos, and I wish someone could just come to our condo and help me whip our home into shape so that I can create a home I truly want my family to live in.

    Kath says:

    Hi Courtney!!

    Also a SGV native! Wish we lived closer – I LOVE helping friends declutter and live a better life!!

    Your Insta is super cute – will be following!

    Kath 🙂

    Stephanie says:

    Wow saw your IG posts and stories and it looks amazing! Love this mini cabin and how sustainable it is!Great pics and what better location than The Row in DTLA, such a cool new space!


    Kath says:

    Super cool concept! Trying to grasp the inside of the middle area..are those mirrors reflecting the outside or are the colors part of the structure? Visited the MINI site to see a floorpan or pictures of the entire space – didn’t find “exactly” what I wanted, but was able to find a floorplan on Freeland Buck’s site.

    Excited to follow along on your journey 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!!

    Liyana Aris says:

    What an incredible, super cool concept! I’m a fan of Mini cars (Mini Cooper especially, but ugh I’d love to have the old-school version) and the Mini living concept looks just as cool.

    PS: LOVE your tan blazer + blue dress pairing, just gorgeous <3

    Aah! Great concept – would love to see more such posts from your end.

    Staci says:

    I would love one of these! It would be so cool to see how one was designed for living in Chicago. I’d be happy to test it out for the builders 🙂

    Lauma says:

    Just love it! Amazing!

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