Some parents worry that their baby's closet is too small, but what if all you have for a nursery IS a closet? Kari has been inspired by all the small nurseries we've shown in the past and wanted to share her own small space baby project: her closet turned nursery.
My apartment fits perfectly to my needs. The layout with the combined living-dining-working-sleeping-room gives a huge flexibility for arranging and designing the apartment. And I love the mountain view from my 6th floor and the location inside the city with very green surroundings.
I'm an artist, designer, and writer, as you can probably guess from my floor plan, and my place is the perfect cocoon for being creative. I used to live in a smaller unit in the building, and decorated it pretty darn nice. So when the tenants in this unit moved out (they had it decorated in "squalor chic"), it was easy to convince my awesome landlord to upgrade the floors, the ceiling fixtures, the window treatments... and let me pick them out! If it's not a lot of square footage, it doesn't take a big investment from her to make a huge return in the future, when she rents it out after I leave. The small space also forces me to curate (overused word of the decade) really carefully, and make smart choices about what I bring into it.
That it's all mine and I can decorate it however I want! And that it's filled with things that are special to me - my nephew's artwork, a patchwork quilt made for me by a family friend, the rocking chair my mother bought when I was born.
I love that my home is a personal reflection of who I am, where I've been and how far I have come from as a person. It is my tiny sanctuary where I can be surrounded by my favorite colors, textures and collections of silk screened prints and urban vinyl toys I have collected over the years through my travels across the US and Japan. I don't like to own a lot of 'stuff,' but each item displayed in my tiny home holds sentimental value and is a documentation of a life event. Coming home to me is like walking into by own brain, uncluttered yet colorful - a place I can recollect my thoughts and escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. I also love being on the top floor, and with west facing windows I wake up to the sun glaring in my face with the nested birds on my roof chirping all around - it helps me forget the fact that I do live in the heart of downtown, across the street from a hospital.
Designers always have tricks up their sleeves to be pulled out in challenging situations. We've gathered some of the most helpful small space design tips and tricks to get all you can out of any size space. And these tips are not solely for the square-foot challenged — they can work in every home.
Small?! We prefer the term square foot challenged. When we got our hands on this space, it was nothing more than an empty garage. It was tiny and so was our budget, which encouraged us to look in unconventional places for building materials. The maple flooring was rescued from a flood at a local school gym. The vintage orange fireplace once housed a family of mice in grandpa’s abandoned farmhouse. Our big red headboard hung for years as the “M” on an old WalMart before it took its rightful place above the bed. The lovingly restored rocking chair rocked my wife’s great grandma to sleep and has rocked every generation since. The carefully selected décor was either fabricated on our kitchen floor or found on a stroll through the flea market. Even the IKEA items come with laughable memories of how we felt like the Beverly Hillbillies as we drove home with boxes sticking out in every direction! We remember the love it took to build this house and can’t help but love it back!
We've all got friends like this (or maybe you're the friend). You go over to their house, and it's covered in pet hair and smells like a barn. There's no reason to blame the pets in this instance — there are certainly things that you can do, even living in a small space, that will keep you from being the "smelly house friend."