ATLA On The Town: The Container Store and Dwell

ATLA On The Town: The Container Store and Dwell

Beth Zeigler
Oct 22, 2008

102208store-01.jpgAlways up for a trip to The Container Store, we were super excited to walk the red carpet at a special evening hosted by Dwell with The Container Store. The format was a discussion by KCRW host and producer, Frances Anderton. We were expecting a detailed how-to lecture on organizing a small space but the symposium had its own direction...

Margaritas in Container Store Containers

The pairing of Dwell and the Container Store arose from their shared interest in simplicity and order of space. So naturally the event offered all the appropriate swag to accompany this great evening ($25 gift card to the Container Store, new issue of Dwell Magazine, great food and drinks). The topic of discussion revolved around a new appreciation of living in a small space.
Frances began by sharing the fact that she, her husband and her child live in an 800 square foot home. This statement was greeted with an audience gasp. We happen live in a space that is smaller than 800 square feet (plus a roommate) and have plenty of room. We were bummed but not surprised that the audience gasped--the majority of Americans think bigger always means better. While Frances noted that her space is small, she also said (rather warmly) that her family really likes the size space, and think of it as a nest. Her exact words describing her family life in her undersized home were "close presence." The discussion moved to other areas but we were most interested in the idea of redefining what it means to live in a small space.

We were wondering, those of our readers who live in smaller spaces, what's your relationship to the size of your home? Do you consider it a cozy den or are you space envious?

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