Sustain-Able 余 : ♥

….wild is the wind…creative freedom is the seed….

Updated 12/3/13 Lifestyle: 30th Floor Compact/ Tiny Living: Eco-Style Fusion Mission!

I moved to a 30th Floor compact living space essentially just used as my art studio. It has the “feel” of a warehouse space…it is quiet…it does not have the “scene” of e.g. an art studio in London or Paris or Edinburgh or New York(sorry, it is not that I do not love all those in the Modern art scene, but there is a limit to how much work I get done if I am surrounded by art melodrama, not of my making so my art studio space has always, always been spaces that are ” unpredictable”.

****So don’t expect to see any of the exact items in my house…look at these style-guides instead…and you will get the “gist”….:) of where I am going with this.

Style is somewhere between this:

domestic graff

Yes, of course if I touch anything with Graffiti I will get a proper person to do it! No nagging please! It is just a style guide since people objected to the Flowery wallpaper! lol.

Dear God! Yes I know half the room is not quite “en par”…okay!… is just a freaking concept! Yes I got annoyed with the white side and the messy bedcloth lines too! Let it go…see it as a style guide PLEASE! You are making me go Feotal from the Precision demanded of the Elite Graff world..some people just like to decorate…OKay…let them be! Just watch this! hahahaha.

and This:


*** I repeat : This is Style guide only….to give the mood….I got a bit of whining about the flower thing on the wall so changed the picture to reflect a more “wild style” mood…..NO, of course if I am going to do something like that I will not be Domesticating anyone’s School of “wild style” art…seriously….this is a Style guide!

 I set myself a near impossible task of putting it together a list of guidelines for the way I will set about using the space. Actually some people suggested it by getting me to look at “Tiny House” and “Compact LIving” and other such blogs and I decided….maybe I can try it out and if I hated it, I can always go back to the usual artistic “fall where it may” organic swamp….

…and for that I have to thank the real estate prices of Hong kong, New York and Paris for all the wealth of materials about people using tiny spaces:

and commercial use of space to create community space/stores/studios:


Not sure why so many great tiny space designs are clearly done by Asian Chicks in New York! 🙂 I have a theory…oh nevermind…just watch this….

So here are the basic premises of how I’m going to try to work with the space, I hope everyone over at Fluk Eco-tecture Factory AND those Team Robbo’s own Residential Urban Skyscape Architects are proud…(btw. if I fail, I fail…deal!)…The “Rools”:

1) I will buy nothing “made in China” until the Red Commies release our Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo. (I’ve kept this up since 2010 and it has been very comfortable for me!)

****But I have to add that this personal boycott of mine does not extend to me getting nice stuff “made in China” as a gift, as a swap or just because magically the perfect thing appears and land in my lap without costing me anything! I know I will be accused of hypocriscy or something for this one…but you try turning down a gift in a “nice” way just because it is “made in China”‘s abusive slave labour camps….it is impossible….trust me, it is impossible. lol.

Results so far:



I’ve got a whole Industrial Urban decay Italian Steel shelves going with Fluro-fabric boxes “made in India”:


2) Wherever possible I will buy from local sources but not in an insane way….only if they can get me at least a 30-40% reduction from the known brand advertised price.

Results so far:


3) If I buy from known brands, I have to get something that is at least 50% the advertised price.

Results so far:


(2) and (3) cuts out all my impulse buys. 🙂

4) If I pay full price (from local or known brand) it must be Fair Trade and Ethically sourced (ie. Not made in China via a slave labour factory where convicts are worked to death and then have their organs harvested for profit!)

Results so far:


5) Wherever possible if I can find a way to Super-Up-cycle instead of doing (2)-(4), I have to take that option.

Results so far:





6) If do-erable, I have to do swaps and trade in non-monetary currencies to achieve whatever design effect I want.

Results so far:



7) I’m allowed to use e-bay and other online searches but not allowed to bid more than £100 on any item…no matter what it is.


Results so far:

There is nothing a can of Gold or Silver paint can’t fix! 🙂

Spray cans with Arabic name tags on it

8) Every time I get something new I have to get rid of something else or make the old thing  “feel new ” in lieu of buying….

Results so far:




9) If there’s any item of anything I own that has never been used, I will USE it as a priority before buying anything new at all.

Results so far:




10) I have to “by any means possible” create as much open space as possible, fusing Scandinavian ergonomic functional minimalism with far eastern style miniaturization and exotic flair. ****I have to achieve all this without just BUYING the damnably expensive Scandinavian and/or Antique Eastern solutions! It must be recycled, super-upcycled or follow game-rules.

Results so far:

27 March Delivery






These are not easy tasks. Think about it. It combines the eco-fascism of a group of Doctorates in Sustainable Green Tech 100% off-grid sustainable living in Canada with the design specs. of a bunch of very particular Green Eco-techs in the Far East along with a kind of Urban commonsense of the lean, mean, “Subway Art” machine’s creative aggression. You have no idea how difficult it is to bring all that “home” in one space!

Mission Impossible. Accepted!

6 comments on “Updated 12/3/13 Lifestyle: 30th Floor Compact/ Tiny Living: Eco-Style Fusion Mission!

  1. Winston
    July 18, 2013

    Hi Cecilia there would you mind letting me know which hosting company you’re utilizing? I’ve loaded your blog in 3 different web browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot faster then most. Cheers, I appreciate it! Winston


  2. Tarcia
    May 5, 2013

    Do you mind if I quote a couple of your articles as long as I provide credit and sources back to your blog? My website is in the exact same niche as yours and my visitors would definitely benefit from a lot of the information you provide here. Please let me know if this ok with you. Thank you

    from Cecilia: Yes, Tarcia. You are welcome. just give a linkback to and read the Creative Commons 3.0 section on the left hand side of the Home page if you have any questions. Thanks. have fun!


  3. dysturbia WAG
    April 4, 2013

    Hi! Would you mind if I share your blog with my twitter group? There’s a lot of people that I think would really enjoy your content. Please let me know. Cheers

    From Cecilia: Now problem, Dysturbia WAG..thanks for your interest. Give me a link back and we are all good. Please post your twitter so I can follow you. Cheers. 🙂


  4. Slerway
    March 27, 2013

    This seriously answered my dilemma with having to move to a much smaller city space, thank you! It goes to show, your creativity is not confined to four walls. You are wonderful and everyone is waiting to see your next project. I wish you would post pictures of your space, it sounds amazing.


    • ceciliawyu
      March 27, 2013

      Thank you Slerway. That is so kind of you and goodluck with your new city space. Actually while I love the idea of living in a cottage..I’m actually allergic to pollens so hahaha…it never works out unless it is by the sea! 🙂 I will definitely post some pictures when I get the Chandelier up….I love these Coral/Octpus arm inspired one in this place…I know putting a chandelier in an art studio is a bit OTT…but I promise I will do it in the “best possible taste”…lol.


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