Lauren and Kyle purchased this 1910 home and have transformed the small, choppy 970 sf home into a modern dwelling that still has the original original character of the home. They removed almost all the interior walls  to create a large open home but kept such details as the exposed beams to retain some of the original charm. Lauren and Kyle updated the kitchen in a modern style and chose to use a dark cork flooring through out the entire home. The dark floors and the light walls create a nice contrast that does not make the space feel small. Their apartment is part of the “Small Cool 2012” contest at Apartment Therapy so click the link below and vote for their space.

What I Love About My Small Home
Our 1910 home was dark and cramped when we moved in, but now it’s open and filled with natural light. We love that it’s modern while also celebrating original features, like the exposed joists in the living room. We also love that everything has a purpose and that many elements serve double duty. (For instance, the studio loft doubles as a guest sleeping area, and the guardrail for the stair doubles as a storage “fauxdenza”.) Our house is now more functional, more efficient and a reflection of the way we live.

Biggest Challenge of Living in a Small Space
The biggest challenge of living in a small home was to transform the original layout to meet our current needs (while living in the house and doing the work ourselves!). By removing walls and reconfiguring spaces, we were able to add a second bedroom without increasing the overall footprint. We also took advantage of every square inch – a small studio space was carved out of the attic, the porch was closed in to create a mudroom (so important in Seattle!) and the ceiling was vaulted over the kitchen and dining area to create more volume. A wall of sliding doors maintains privacy for the bedrooms and bathroom without taking up precious floor space, and carefully placed built-ins provide valuable storage for a house that had not a single closet! Because everything is so open, we chose a cohesive palette of bright whites, warm wood tones and pops of color to create a cozy yet modern space that we call home.

Via Apartment Therapy


This is a sweet little lamp that combines my two fetishes, cork and Apple products. I mean, how awesome is this nicely styled lamp that has a built in USB cable so I can charge my iPhone. The lamp comes in 2 different sizes and the smaller one has a digital clock which makes it perfect for the night stand. The base of the lamp is made of cork so it doesn’t scratch the surface it sits on and also creates the interior base so my lovely phone has a soft cushion to sit on. I only wish the USB cord was longer for the night stand version so I could charge my iPhone while it is under my pillow because I like to wake up to the soothing vibrations of my phone’s alarm clock. Maybe that is to much information…..

Unveiled at Maison & Objet 2012, Hodge Podge USB Lamp creates a little dome beneath which you can keep and charge your beloved items like MP3 players and smart phones. A cork base gives the aforementioned electronic items a safe haven, so they can recharge without getting lost or damaged. Hodge Podge USB Lamp is also a great place to keep other essentials of daily life—keys, wallets, etc.

A smaller version of the table lamp exists which, aside from the USB port, comes equipped with a small alarm clock. Hodge Podge comes in three colors: grey, green, and off-white. The smaller version of Hodge Podge is available in grey and off-white only. Hodge Podge is an excellent choice for bedside tables the world over. People who lose their phones because they always charge them in a different spot will love Hodge Podge.

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Maybe I am a petty person but there are certain people in this world that really bug me. I usually just send mean brain wave mojo at them but I get very little tactile satisfaction out of it. So I have a new plan and it involves these cork voodoo dolls. So this is fair warning to all those people who have crossed me, if you feel a painful jabbing in your shoulder or your head or your belly ITS ME!!!

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I just have to say that this person has Style (yes with a capital S) and their kitchen renovation is absolutely amazing. From the glass back splash, to the metal farm sink and columns that frame it and the amazing stove, I am sure this will be the envy of many. Oh yeah, the flooring is cork and it adds a nice understated texture to the whole room. The real kicker on this renovation is that the home is located in Hawaii. Why do some people have all the luck. Oh yeah they are probably Uber Rich!

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Check out this great cork installation in this home owners craft room. This is a great looking flooring, that goes well with her wall and accent colors. The storage system is awesome but if that was in my office it would look like that for a week and then be a total disaster. I have a problem putting stuff back neatly.

OMG! Talking about my death is kind of creepy but I guess it is something that will eventually happen, so when I am cremated I want my ashes to be put in this awesome cork urn. India based industrial design student, Margaux Ruyant has created a cremation urn that has a ceramic memorial engraving on the top and a cork base. You insert a boxwood tree (with bio degradable container)  through the top opening and into your ashes, which fertilize the tree and allow it to grow. The cork base will slowly dissolve, letting the tree roots expand and continue the cycle of life. I always thought I would want my ashes to be scattered in the sea but this is definitely another great option. Still kind of creepy thinking of my death.

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Steven Leslie is a San Francisco artist who has been creating sculptures from wine cork bottles since 2002, when a friend of his, who owned a restaurant, asked him what he should do with the old wine corks that he had been collecting for years.

Steve blurted out “I’d make the Eiffel Tower” and so began a year long journey of Steve trying construct “Le Courk Eiffel” for his friends restaurant but during the process he really connected with the material and  has continued building amazing cork bottle sculptures. Read a excerpt from his website below and please visit his website where you can see his other creations and call him to purchase. Make sure you look at his cork trivets. They are really cool.

My next creation was a six-foot tall vase I called “Cork in the Road.” We’ve reached a fork in the road as to how wine bottles are being stopped. In ancient times vases and jars were used to carry and preserve their contents. Some vases unearthed hundreds of years later prove that the corks used long ago can maintained their integrity through an incredible test of time. As my own years have gone by I’ve taken notice that the use of plastic corks and screw caps to bottle wine is becoming more and more popular. I prefer natural corks. And I like the idea of preserving these tiny little artifacts of life and history. I feel corks represent something important. I view Cork In The Road as a symbolic image; preservation of a huge assortment of natural wine corks in the form of a corks preserving counterpart a vase.

Being involved with wine corks as constantly as I have been for the last few years has allowed me to explore new ways of using the beauty of natural wine corks to create objects more functional than what has yet been done with used wine corks. I created this new method of removing the rich and interesting outer edge of the cork to produce a used-cork-skin veneer which I’ve been applying with great care to everything from Lazy-Susan’s and serving platters,  to coaster sets and chess boards.

For years I’ve passively pursued the collection of more used wine corks in order to continue building my cork creations. But finding a great consistent source of corks wasn’t easy.

I would drive to different restaurants and wine bars and ask them to collect their corks for me. More often than not they would willingly begin collecting them. still it was a tedious process. But in summer 2008 I was introduced to Christine Lemor-Drake a local Re-cork America coordinator. She was happy to see what I’ve been up to with used wine corks down in Redondo beach and offered to help me in the way of supplying me some corks for my projects. I still drive around to pick up used wine corks. but the quantities at each location are increasingly great as the popularity of Cork recycling grows. I moved to San Francisco in 2009 producing smaller more functional pieces at prices more attractive to the crowds in and around the ferry building and Justin Herman plaza. I began expanding the number of items I produce with cork veneer.

Read more about Steve and purchase his creations at  One Of A Cork

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