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Archive for July 17th, 2004

Jennifer’s Cozy Condo

Saturday, July 17th, 2004

My sister-in-law (Brian’s youngest sister), Jennifer, lives in Washington DC these days. She is a very interesting person and I could write a long time about her work. (She has training as a landscape architect and her specialty is working with large cities figuring out how to make them more friendly to do without your car. She rides public transit or a bicycle to get around, and tries to make it easy for others to do the same.)

I guess the job she has now is good enough to stay in DC for a while, because she bought herself a condo apartment. It’s an efficiency apartment but it looks bigger than the one I had in the late 1970s. She ordered a Murphy Bed (the kind you pull down out of the wall) to make it more roomy and comfortable during the day. The Murphy Bed will have bookshelves on it, for storage, that somehow work even when the bed is down for the night. Sounds like excellent use of space to me.

Anyway, she has put up a page with pictures of the space, before and after. I think she did a great job! She says she wishes the color in the kitchen displayed better. It’s a light yellow-green, greener than it shows in the photos. I think she said that the walls in the living room are all painted slightly different colors. She has a lot of the light green, and she also somewhere (the hallway?) painted a few variants on orange.

The transformation job is quite effective I think. I haven’t seen such impressive before/after pictures since we gutted our bathroom.

Congratulations to Jennifer on her new home!