An Open Place to Grow: the Matsuki Residence by HEAD Architecture and Design

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The challenge: with a limited budget and on a short time schedule, combine two apartments into one space for a family. The answer? This residence design for the Matsuki family from HEAD Architecture and Design. Now, there’s an open plan and flexible spaces that can be altered to fit the family as it grows. You see a living/dining combination with bright golden and orange wall accents, lots of natural light and an inviting L-shaped seating arrangement over a fluffy spring-green carpet (which the puppy apparently likes). Notice the piano at one end — handy for those lessons every week. The dining area is only steps from a galley kitchen organized for streamlined efficiency; fun touches include a “hot air balloon” ornament next to a white shelf of cookbooks.

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Multi-use space abounds here: a dining table becomes a work area when needed; what looks like a plain white wall is, in fact, a media screen. Tiny white lights along the windowsills provide a soothing glow in the evening (plus the proper ambient light for movies!). A child’s bed is casually placed on the wood floor; no dangers of falling from a high mattress. And how convenient is a bath that’s literally only a curved ceramic-tiled wall away from bedrooms? Candlelight plays a key role here in “prettying up” a round white soaking tub — not that it needs much! As the designers conclude, “Like a blank canvas, the spaces are currently rather bare, but, as the family grows and memories are created, the walls will quickly fill up.” Indeed, this Matsuki house is “open” to possibilities for the future, from HEAD Architecture.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).