SMALL LIVING ep.2 – Small Spaces Lifestyle Show LOCKDOWN SPECIAL

as lockdown continues so does our
special lockdown series while production is temporarily paused for our regular
never too small episodes we're excited to offer you a different kind of
inspiration for your time at home once again we're collaborating with our
talented friends youtubers and favorite architects and designers to bring you
episode two of small living thank you to our community for the kind messages of
support and appreciation for our launch episode of small living in this episode
minimalist Bonita Larson in Stockholm shares her tips and ideas on how to
organize our small spaces Jason from Plant Society returns to show us how to
take care of our plants at home our London contributors Celeste
Treach – award-winning designer Nicolas gurney and answers some of our audience
questions first up Sharon from the cementery
share some quick and easy fermentation experiments suitable for even the
smallest of kitchens hi I'm Sharon the founder of the firm entry we're here at
the rain house in musk and I'm going to talk to you about wild fermentation pickles now is something that you buy on
the shelf in the store and that is a vinegary what seems to be magical to me
is that whenever you brine something with just a salt water and let it sit
you get the same beautiful sour flavor it's a little more subtle and sometimes
a little fizzy but it feels really good in your gut as opposed to a very good
preserved vegetable I think the most popular ones that I found with not just
children by the way everybody the dill flavored beans and just carrot sticks so
it's as easy as this popping your beans into obviously a really clean jar we're
trying to create an environment that's inviting bacteria to be here we don't
want to kill it off so hot water really hot water is enough so I'm just going to
pop my beans here the next thing is flavor is
important a lot of dill is beautiful in your beans and in fact we call these
jelly beans it's quite common rather than garlic I've got these
beautiful corns of garlic amazing I'm gonna use those in here thank you grab
another one oh you could put peppercorns mustard seeds coriander seeds whatever
you like but in this case I've just got garlic and dill and then here's my water
1 liter of water I measured this out earlier and this tablespoon measures to
about 30 grams so I'm going to stir it in the water first so for this
particular ferment for the onions cauliflower celery the percentage of
salt water is 3% 3% of liter water is about a big full tablespoon of salt
well that's dissolving I'll do my carrots there's one little challenge ii
aspect is that you want to make sure that the veggie stays beneath the brine
nothing will go bad really but sometimes you can attract calm yest ka hm and it's
not dangerous it's not going to make you sick but it can like a little white film
that can grow on top and it can be off-putting to beginners it can also
make the veg a little bit softer and slimy you see it happening you can
actually tip that brine out and start again and then what's really good about
this is it's fast so you could make these on a Monday for
Saturday they'll be ready put this mr.

Shanly in there give it a little bit of
a radish a flavor maybe a garlic clove it seemed to have a lot sitting here so
I'm just going to keep it really simple maybe a bit of dill all right for my brine over exactly the
right amount because there's gonna be a lot of action happening now and gasses
so you want a way that the gas can get out but no air can get in I love an
airlock lid and there are so many kinds of a lot lives you can get this is just
a simple airlock lead system and the beauty of this one is that when it's
finished and ready I can take that lid off this contraption and put on a
regular lid and pop it into the fridge the way that you stop the fermentation
is by refrigeration all right so I've got this lid I'm gonna pop it on I'm
gonna put my airlock in there actually first and there's a little bit of water
left so I'm gonna pour some more in here don't let this this looks a little more
sciency than it is okay it's just it's just two tubes and when air comes out
you know go bloop bloop bloop and this water is stopping air from getting in there we go and there we go that's it that's a
brined veg and the main thing to remember is this is a faster ferment
than say sauerkraut or other vegetables so when you brine something after about
five to six days take the lid off and try one and if it's ready and sour and
good put it in the fridge you're done and it can stay in the fridge for months
okay so if you're curious to learn more you can find my book ferment for good
the website is full of recipes stories things you can buy to help you on your
way there's a lot of stuff being added all the time so check us out there the
fermenter EECOM today you and I'll see you next time my name is Benita Larsen
I'm from Stockholm Sweden I create videos for my namesake channel on
minimalism organization and the Scandinavian lifestyle I'm excited to be
making a series of videos in collaboration with never too small I'm not much of a chef but I do enjoy
having my kitchen drawers organized it just makes every day so much easier
before organizing your space I like to get everything out in the open to assess
what I have then I sort like items would like and anything that doesn't belong in
the drawer or that can be done away with is removed I like using felt to line my
kitchen drawers it prevents things from rattling around when you pull and push
the drawers I got mine online and similar can be found on Amazon and that
idea on top of the felt I use drawer organizers I got these wooden ones
locally put there tons of options on Amazon you can also most likely shop
your home and find things you already have obvious bread pants shoe boxes
candy containers and trays to keep my kitchen doors organized in the past when
things go in the drawer I consider the size obviously so they fit in each
section but also how I use them most often use items at the front of the
drawer and less often use that towards the back for more videos like this visit
my channel pin at the lashon where i share all things scandinavian for my
part mentiras comm and beyond hi I'm Jason Chang co-founder of the
plant society and today I hope to inspire you to bring more plants into
your home in small spaces were always concerned about how much space our
plants and furniture take up so here we have some plants that won't grow too big
and are perfect for dining tables window sills as well as benches we've got
peperomia abscissa folia which is has a spicy leaves and also really compact
we've also got just red solace which is a rainforest succulent
so these can be pruned back as well they get to be one of my favorites is the
hoya so these have a binding nature but they can stay in smaller plots as well
we've also got another type of peperomia you can see that they've got a very
different foliage so within the families you can really find that they've all got
a range of different characteristics which was – your different styles at
home as well so these generally will like brighter light if you do have lower
light your best to try the hoya but the peperomia and rhipsalis will
prefer brighter everyone is always nervous about
maintaining their plants here today I'll show you how simple it is I don't think
that maintaining your plants should be difficult and there's a few simple steps
to make sure your plants stay healthy throughout the year as well the main
thing is to make sure your plants are cleaned and that will prevent any pests
and diseases so you can use a simple cloth that has a bit of grit to it and
that is lean when it's wet will help clean off any excess dust on the foliage
you'll find being indoors they collect a lot of dust through circulating air
through vents by cleaning the leaves it will allow the leaves to breathe better
as well this is easy if you've got large leaf foliage however when you look at
foliage like this or like this caudatum here it might be easier to take it into
the shower to wash it down or a miss stuff so we're simply trying to simulate
the rain and that will clean off any dust on the foliage as well so when it
comes to plant maintenance think about how the natural environment cleans
environment and that's generally rain winds to get off any dust and you can
see that all the dust is just washing off there
another thing to do is to make sure over time that you flush out the soil as well
so what that means is that toxins gradually filter through and build up so
it's good to flood the pots in the sink and that will allow the toxins to wash
out as well once you've done that it's a good time as well to also prune off any
dead foliage this can be done regularly as well but always make sure that area
above this soil is clean to avoid any homes for pests and diseases so
similarly we'll do the same thing here and remove any dead foliage and this can
be done on a weekly basis or if you don't have as much time you might want
to do it every month or so perfect and we can miss this one down again and that
will keep your plants healthy in you know indoor environments that don't have
good airflow and also when they do collect dust you want to let them
breathe once again and in turn they will help purify the air as well thanks for
tuning in to learn more about greenery within your home if you are after more
information head to our website it's www Plant Society comm you Nicholas Gurney's work needs little
introduction.

Never Too Small viewers will remember the gold artist studio and
kitchen from the Warren, and Nick's signature minimalist approach to his 5s,
Tara, and Yardstix projects. Nick thank you so much for taking some time to
speak with us today. Thank you very much for having me. I'd like to go back to before
you began your design practice what initially drew you to pursue a career in
design. I mean going back a little while now to when you're much younger, and
you sort of don't really know exactly where you want to go where you're going
to end up but I definitely knew that I had some level of creativity about me. I
was very interested in in how people lived and in interior design.

But I felt
Industrial Design was a better fit for me at the time. So I studied industrial
design. How does your industrial design background inform your design process. My work is very much informed by my industrial design background I'm most
interested in functionalism very utilitarian interiors. I see small
spaces as a series of products that come together to make somebody's life better.
A series of small industrial design insertions in a greater whole, being an
apartment space or a house. Yeah I view the design of spaces as a series of
industrial design pieces.

You do do a lot of small spaces in your practice is this
something that you know you've actively chosen to pursue? Certainly, certainly it
comes back again to that idea that I realized very early on I think it was
about the time that I chose to go and live in the middle of the city. And about
the time that I became fascinated with how people lived I realized that we
would be living in a period of reduction going forward. In every facet of our
lives we would need to reduce our footprint on the planet and and that
starts at home I think. We need to stop the constant urban sprawl, we need to
make better use of things that we have and all these things that are related
for me to need rather than to want or to vanity.

These are things that we need.
I want to work in a space where we solve problems for need rather than purely for want. How do you approach the challenge of maximizing
living in a small space? You know we talk about a lot more people sort of moving
towards smaller spaces or living in urban environments. How do you make the
most of those kinds of living environments? When I enter a small space
it's immediately obvious for me that the the answer or the solutions, are already
inherent within that space and what I mean by that is that you know if you
have a very tall space, then you don't need to use the walls. You use the floor
or you use the ceilings space and if you have a space with a very small footprint
and very small ceiling height then you need to be very careful not to put too
much stuff on the walls.

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You know immediately the design of small spaces
sort of unwraps itself, simply by being in the space and listening to the space.
And what are some considerations that come with designing small spaces? Ceiling
height being, one floor space being another. I imagine lighting and material would play a
big role here too? Absolutely I mean in the case of Tara apartment for instance. There
was a single window in the space, so in that particular instance we decided to
embrace the notion of the studio and not employ any delineation in the space and
instead insert a sort of an almost white shroud around that singular window so
that it would bounce all of the light into the space. In the case
for instance of the 5s apartment it had a very small footprint but they
needed really great storage requirement so rather than employ a whole mass of
storage units dotted around the apartment. We instead employed very deep
storage there, and so that it meant that it put all of the storage in a
cluster and it didn't detract from the ceiling space.

You know in the urban
centers as they become busier we see an increase in multi-generational housing
as well. You know young people are constantly or consistently being locked
out of the market older people are at risk of isolation your project Yardstix is a fabulous example of backyard architecture you might call it. Can you
tell us some more about this project? Because this is quite different from
sort of the apartment living that you've previously worked on. For a long time we
built big houses in the suburbs on on big blocks and the backyards are
underutilized and what we wanted to do is we wanted to resist the sort of cheap
and cheerful granny flats.

But rather we wanted to create a home that people
could be proud of and could be beautiful and could be functional and could be
tailored to a specific block in an underutilized backyard space. I
particularly enjoyed the lime washed apply interiors. You know what materials
are you drawn to? Probably very obviously I like humble materials hardwearing materials and primarily inexpensive materials. Because these materials tend
to be made of renewable resources and they tend to be less manufactured in
comparison to precious materials. I mean it all comes back to having a
sustainable grounding for each project. In the Warren particularly I mean we've
seen a quite unusual use of material there's a central artists pod that is
clad in mirrored gold sheeting and it sort of creates this really interesting
glow throughout the apartment and similarly in Tara.

You know the functional
was clad in in metal. Do you look for materials that have a different point or
how did you specify these materials and and what do you look for other than sort
of I guess low intervention? We might say in materials. For me finish is right there and that's the face of the space right it's the
presentation. So once once the the amenity is realized and the spatial
organization is realized you can dress up the space. I think too often we think
about aesthetics too early just purely for the point of applying materials and
but when you when when a spatial organization and the utility is
settled upon you then can make a correlation between the owner and their
personality and then and then apply materials to that.

And in the case of the
Warren there was so much personality in the space I wanted to reflect that
and the seemed logical to use a mirror. When I came across the gold mirror I
knew that he would absolutely love it and it does just that it reflects his
personality. He loves it! And you are I mean your flinders lane apartment as well is all
another material use that I really love twists these sort of corrugated was it
like a corrugated glass in the bathroom? It's actually a plastic so again it's very inexpensive but it looks quite expensive.

And I mean it's translucent so
the idea is that we can borrow light from a space and that has plenty of
light because the bathroom in the Flinders Lane apartment had no lights no
access for light. So it had the dual purpose of providing light and and
privacy at the same time. Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with
us today it was fantastic to get your insights. Thank you so much, thanks Celeste next episode will speak to nina toll
strip from studio mama in london and share some more ideas for your time at
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