January 8, 2015


The Brooks series of wooden furniture by the Greycork company makes a lot of sense. The line consists of three items – a dining table/desk, coffee table and a bench. All pieces feature solid wooden tops, supported by the collapsible legs. The folding mechanism is intuitive enough to make storing and moving this furniture a breeze. I love the grey legs, in particular.


October 19, 2012

Secrets of sleep. Truly fascinating.

– This folding car could probably cure New York parking misery.

– Incredibly gorgeous murals by David de la Mano and Pablo S. Herrero.

– The best view of any house is seen through the eyes of a cat. Toblerone House by Studio MK27.

– A titanium mouse… what will they think of next?

– Trolling in London subway – a collection of hilarious signs.

– Cool bubble wrap ad!

– And one more for the senses – rescued ducks take their first swim.

Have a wonderful weekend, everybody!

August 6, 2012

I am incredibly delighted to be interviewed by Say Daily. As some of you may know, Shoebox Dwelling became a recent addition to the SAY 100 design channel curated by Tina Roth Eisenberg of swissmiss, which made me one happy blogger indeed. In this interview I talk about the dignity of small spaces, design trends relevant for urban living and even some memories of my Soviet past… Enjoy!

November 8, 2011

A bit of an event here, at Shoebox Dwelling. One year ago, today, I started this blog in hopes to create a resource for the fellow urban folks who put location before square footage and enjoy the consequences. Little did I know that my blogging adventure will become such a big part of my life. I have met amazing and talented people, created friendships, found inspiration for changing my own ways (not to mention – was kindly featured by my highly esteemed colleagues – swissmiss, Craft, Die Zeit and others – and even made it to the wordpress frontpage for some 4,5 minutes). Thank you, gods of Internet!

But most of all I thank you, lovely readers, for sticking around and being such a kind and graceful audience. I appreciate you all tremendously and promise to keep bringing more good stuff for your designy pleasure. Happy shoebox dwelling to us all!

October 20, 2011

I am incredibly honored to be featured in Die Zeit, one of Germany’s most popular publications. Having been a design journalist for years, I have never found myself on this side of the table before. It is a great joy to be recognized by peers. A big thank you to the writer, Philipp Wurm, and all involved.

Here is the link to the article: Die wunderbare Welt der Natalia.

March 23, 2011

Dear readers, forgive the silence this week. My husband just went through a transplant surgery, and I am spending my every waking moment trying to help his recovery. I hope to be back in full capacity in a few days. Thank you for your patience and understanding!