Re: Photos of Community Interiors
From: Carol Agate (
Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2014 10:56:50 -0800 (PST)

For many years we had a donated dresser in there. It was a high dresser with 
seven drawers - not exactly what a guest room needs. A guest who stays there 
every now and then was frustrated by not having a desk to put her computer on. 
She gave us $500 to buy guest room furniture. We bought the desk and drawers at 
Ikea. There aren’t many drawers, but it’s enough for people staying only a few 

If you have an Ikea within a reasonable distance it’s a great place to get 
inexpensive and decent looking furniture.

Carol (from Cornerstone) 

> On Dec 13, 2014, at 10:36 AM, Sharon Villines <sharon [at] 
>> wrote:
> I was recently at Cornerstone which has a lovely guest room. It was light and 
> airy and very conveniently furnished. I took pictures to bring back to our 
> guest room pod. Our strategy has been pretty much Salvation Army and 
> donations. 
> Our rooms don't have sun and donations have been of very dark wood. Not a 
> happy sight. We are now refurbing and the ideas from Cornerstone were very 
> helpful in convincing the Pod that we could do better. (It also helped to 
> have evidence that others _were_ doing better.)
> BUT the point of this is that it would be nice to have an archive of pictures 
> on the site of:
> Guest rooms
> Laundry rooms
> Kids rooms
> Workshops
> Dining Rooms
> Kitchens
> Etc.
> It would a fabulous way to do research. Many communities are now old enough 
> to begin redesigning spaces. We are planning to redesign our kitchen in the 
> next 5-10 years. This kind of resource would be so helpful.
> I am not offering to build the archive but would contribute photos from 
> Takoma Village if we had such an archive.
> Sharon
> ----
> Sharon Villines
> Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC
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