Stuff in the ‘Interior Design’ Category

20 November, 2018

Small Space Living: Expert Tips and Techniques on Using Closets, Corners, and Every Other Space in Your Home by Robert Sandenbergh

Complete with demonstrative illustrations and photographs, Small Space Living offers more than one hundred space-saving ideas from Roberta Sandenbergh, a.k.a the Small Space Architect.

Sandenbergh will introduce you to the idea of space opportunities―untapped areas in every home that can be expanded for storage and organizational purposes. A space opportunity might be as simple as using an empty space under a stairway or above a doorway or as complicated as dividing your entire apartment for rental income.

Each chapter addresses a different kind of space opportunity area, including closets, corners, walls, windows, ceilings, and floors. In these areas, you will be inspired by Sandenbergh’s creative approaches to divided spaces, stacked spaces, empty spaces, mirrored spaces, and multipurpose furniture.

Learn from the author’s stories of her own designs for “small-by-choice” homes―for herself and for her clients―in which she tried to make the best possible use of varied living spaces. Allow Sandenbergh to help you create more space-efficient and attractive areas in your home whether you live in a studio apartment, a tiny home, or a larger home that needs more of a cozy feel.

Learn more about Roberta and her Small-Space living ideas at her website and her popular Small_Space_Architect Instagram

20 November, 2018


Roberta Sandenbergh is a retired architect who worked in New York and South Africa and author of SMALL SPACE LIVING: Expert Tips and Techniques on Using Closets, Corners, and Every Other Space in Your Home which introduces readers to the space-expanding concept of “Space Opportunities” that allow you to make the most of neglected spaces in your home.  It won both an Independent Publishers Association Medal and a Nautilus Book Award.

Born in Brooklyn (née Stoller), Roberta went to Vassar College, graduated from Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture (as Roberta Bocian) and studied Urban Design at the University of Witwatersrand.

After marrying John Sandenbergh, a South African architect, Roberta spent most of her adult life in his country, where she specialized in residential design. One of her projects won the annual Johannesburg Civic Award and two were featured in local magazines, Garden & Home and Habitat.

Her career took a detour when she became a beta tester for AutoCAD (Computer-Aided-Design) and was given rights to the program through a network of dealers and training centers. She travelled throughout the African continent, giving lectures and demonstrations.

Roberta is known for her illustrated columns on ‘Space Saving Ideas’. They have appeared in the Washington Post (the ‘Design Notebook’ series), the San Francisco Chronicle and the Johannesburg Star. She has also written articles about space saving for SA City Life Magazine and The Home Handyman.

After living on 11 acres in South Africa, Roberta was delighted to downsize to a 500 sq. ft. studio apartment in Manhattan. She loves its coziness and efficiency, and is obsessed with maximizing her living space. She says: “I often waste time and sometimes waste money. But I hate to waste space.”

Learn more about Roberta and her Small-Space living ideas at her website and her popular Small_Space_Architect Instagram

31 August, 2016


Paige Rien is a designer and author best known for five seasons on HGTV’s Hidden Potential and for her appearances on Curb Appeal. Paige consults with families all over the world to make their homes more personal, reflecting how they truly live.  After renovating and restoring many homes together with her husbandpaige_rien_pink, Francis, she finds nothing more exciting as a new house project.  Paige’s interest in houses was stoked while studying Urban Studies at Brown University.  She lives near Washington, DC with her husband, three sons and daughter.

LOVE THE HOUSE YOU’RE IN:  40 Ways to Improve Your Home and Change Your Life (Roost Books/imprint of Shambhala Publications, Distributed by Penguin Random House, March 2016).

22 July, 2013


Interior Designer and TV personality, Paige Rien’s LOVE THE HOUSE YOU’RE IN, a guide to transforming your house into a home you love, with 63 simple strategies and tips for creating a space that reflects your lifestyle and aesthetic. (Shambhala/Spring 2015)