Christopher and Azuree Wiitala Location: Chicago, Illinois Size: 12x15 feet (yes, you read that correctly) When we spotted Chris and Azuree's apartment, we were awed by just how well they were able to organize their tiny space and make it a great place to live and work. Both Chris and Azuree work from home, Chris is a web designer and musician and Azuree is a photographer, so making their space function both as a home and workspace took some creativity. Forced to rethink traditional "home decorations" in favor of using the space to store essentials like guitars, cameras, and film, Chris and Azuree found a way to maximize their storage and work space without detracting from the comfort and coziness of their home and have created an inviting space to live and work.
What friends say about my space: I think our friends are usually impressed with how many people we can pack into such a small space. We regularly have dinner and movie nights at our place with six people! Area where there is room for improvement/future projects: I want to make our loft bed a little more cozy. At the moment we just have a lamp up there and a little cabinet to put our glasses and cell phones on at night. Proudest DIY (do it yourself) project: I think my husband and I are pretty happy with the sliding closet doors that we made. The sliding doors allow us to have a shelf (which is decorative and practical) right next to it and still gives us room to access our clothes and the things we store in our closet. If we had normal pull out doors we would lose that shelf space. Biggest indulgence with respect to my space: There are little indulgences in our small apartment but I suppose it would be having our rabbits. They don’t really take up too much space and make us really happy so it’s nice to have pets even though we live in tiny quarters. Best advice about organizing or incorporating tech into the home: We have a lot of little electronics that have to be out in the open, like hard drives, printers, etc. We make sure to purchase ones that we think are cute and don’t mind showing off. For instance, I bought Lego inspired 1TB hard drives from Lacie to back up my digital photo files on and don’t mind that they are out in the open because they’re so interesting! It’s also important for us to make sure we hide our wires well not only because they can really make a space look cluttered but because our bunnies will chew on them! Dream source for stuff: Thrift stores! We love to find vintage stuff and we love bargains so our passions collide at the thrift store!
- (2) Apple laptops
- Nintendo Wii
- Nintendo SNES
- United Audio Dual 1019 Turntable
- Vintage cameras
Photos by Azuree Wiitala