What I love most about our home is that it feels cozy like a cabin in the woods. Although we live in the suburbs, our little historic area called Sleepy Hollow is nestled in the canyons surrounded by nature. Our home has many windows and glass doors that let in natural light and the view of our green surroundings.
What I love about my home is it encompasses warmth and is a space where tranquil is infused with curiosity and I am surrounded by the design that influences me. My aesthetic was to create a classic home that is a time travel to a simple Victorian period with a modern twist. I hunt for unique pieces with characteristics that make my apartment whimsical and otherworldly. I was able to accomplish this by selecting seating that combines the natural tones of linen and are elegantly constructed from elaborately carved wood with matching legs and beautiful curved lines. The medallion side chairs add the element of French romanticism and play off the shade of my tufted sofa and large arm chair. I modernized and lit up the space by juxtaposing a mirrored side table and a contemporary white square coffee table.
I love all of the natural light, and the exposed brick wall in the main room. I also have a view of the downtown skyline, and a more immediate view of the local YMCA's basketball court, which is on the top level of its parking garage. I spend a lot of time working at my kitchen table and its nice being able to look out my window and watch whatever pick-up game is going on.
Moving from a 1000 square foot Harlem two-bedroom to a tiny studio in a small town in the Midwest was a challenge, but I'm proud of how I've set up my space. My home suits my needs while making the most of the architectural details the apartment affords: high ceilings, wood floors, and the beautiful exposed brick walls. This apartment is a rental, so I'm limited in what I can do, but in the nine months I've lived here I've made the place my own with the best furniture and art I can afford on a grad student salary.
Our home took us a while to find but it was worth the wait. It's in a fantastic vibrant neighbourhood, and is about 100 years old - a rarity in our young city - which gives it oodles of character. It has great bones that have made it a joy to decorate and live in. It's got high ceilings (high enough to include a shallow storage loft in our bedroom!) and it's well laid out so that it doesn't feel cramped - it's perfectly petite. My favourite feature is the walkthrough bookshelf wall that we built in, which works overtime as storage and an architectural feature. The ongoing decorating process has been a labour of love for both of us, and we couldn't be happier with the home that we've created.
When I saw my house with white primer after the previous owner's beige, it was so beautiful I worried that I was making the wrong call with the saturated colors I'd chosen. But as soon as the colors were up, I was so happy to see them. White can make a small space gloriously clean and calming to the eye--but colors suit me better. I also love being able to get all 104 framed pieces of art on my walls!
I love how cozy and comfortable my little cottage is; despite the fact that it is in the middle of a city, the lush backyard and small street that it sits on makes it feel like a retreat. The living room and kitchen are also very generously-sized given the size of the house—and there is an astounding amount of storage.
I really love that my house ('Minim House') contains everything I need to live fully, without feeling compromised or cluttered. I can have a dinner party for 8, take an overnight guest on the 8' couch, cook in a highly functional 10' galley kitchen (with space for the KitchenAid, food dehydrator, bread maker, 60 quart jars of dried food, etc), keep a guitar and a full size keyboard (under the folding desktop), have movie night with friends on the pull down projection screen, keep plenty of clothes and equipment in a 5' closet, and have plenty of shelf space for a bar, 200 books, sewing machine, etc. I also love that the house is almost entirely off-grid, with PV panels on the roof for power and an integrated rainwater catchment and 3 stage filtration system for potable water. And it's great that if I needed to, I can move it anywhere- it's on a trailer bed.