My building was built in the 1800's and last renovated sometime in the 50's/60's. This mishmash of styles is something I loved from the minute I walked through the door. Big, beautiful original wooden windows and forced-steam radiators mixed with midcentury built-in storage and leftover vintage appliances make my home unique. I also love my location. In the heart of the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood of Philadelphia, there are always plenty of interesting people to see and things to do right outside my door.
The box shape and skylights. Hallways in an apartment are often wasted square footage, and ours practically has none, with a shape that's more square than rectangle. Also, skylights are a MAJOR contributor to our endless natural light. It seriously makes us want to stay in and just relax at home more because it's so cheery!
I love that we live in a space tiny enough that every single thing we see is something we love! We can clean the entire house in an afternoon, and have had the best parties here! We feel totally blessed to have our little garden oasis in the city, and living together in a space this size has definitely brought us closer together... necessity, am I right?!
I love the challenge of figuring out the best way to fit everything into a tiny space. This process causes you to be more intentional about what pieces of furniture you choose. It took a while for me to find the perfect table, because not only did it have to expand when I had people over, but it had to be tall enough to function as my counter space, and also have extra storage underneath. My dad built the daybed in the living room from pieces of scrap wood he picked up in alleyways. It has lots of storage space underneath for my shoes and extra books.
The fact that it IS so small. I've been a fan of tiny, well-utilized spaces for so long that to finally live in one feels great! Cleaning, bills, and possessions instantly become simpler. Living small these last two years has made my life much more peaceful and enjoyable.
How the vintage charm of a 1920s building and the magic of light coalesce to create a warm and inviting space with strong connections to earth and the industrial age. As an old soul I’ve always found an affinity to things of the past. Inspired by quality and character, I’ve aspired to create a modern space that is a personal reflection of me: warm, aged, confident, and comfortable. I’ve spent considerable time hunting for vintage industrial and mid-century pieces that reflect these values. Each with a story, a history, and a past given new life.
We love the exposed brick walls and the south facing bay windows, which make the apartment feel really light and open. And even tough it's tiny, we managed to find the right space for everything. But what we love most about our home, is that it is our own and has everything we need to be happy.
The huge ceilings, which makes the space feel much more substantial. Also, the fact that it's well insulated. After living in a period flat for a number of years, we were astounded that we did not need to us the heating this winter at all.