A NOTE FROM OUR FOUNDER

My formative ideas about space came from growing up in an eclectic bungalow in Denver, Colorado, where I lived with my great-grandfather, grandmother, and mother. Without a lot of resources to redesign the place, I learned from my grandmother to make the most of what was there— to rearrange and update until the space felt calm and welcoming.  

When I graduated from college after studying architecture, my biggest aspiration was to recreate the home of my childhood. In an attempt to do so, I emptied my savings account for a pre-war studio apartment in Central Harlem. 

But as I spent weeks living in an empty room trying to find and organize the right objects for my space, I realized that I needed help. I didn’t want or need to talk to an interior designer though, I wanted to talk to other people living in tiny apartments about how and where they were turning their rented living spaces into homes that truly felt like their own.

Dendwell is an experiment in forging connections around how we occupy our spaces and the influence that the objects we surround ourselves with has on us. To me, home isn’t about design at all, but about the daily ritual of making and maintaining our living space — the backdrop to our lives. 


More to come,

Tenlie

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WHAT WE BELIEVE

DESIGN IS A TOOL, HOME IS A FEELING

Today, the conventions of design say that there are rules we must follow to create beautiful spaces, lives we must lead, and people we must be to occupy them. We believe that with the right inspiration, connections and tools, design at home can become not something to be aspired to, but a daily ritual.

To us, a well designed space is not a luxury of the few but a right of the many.

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