The location, the landlords, and the neighbors are my small, sweet home's best attributes. It's an adorable little studio apartment in the historic Old Louisville neighborhood (conveniently less than 10 minutes away from the downtown hotel I work at). My landlords are kind and understanding and keep the building and grounds in pristine care. And even better, close friends live in the apartment upstairs. Of course, the space itself is something I'm proud to occupy. After a few different layouts, I am so happy with how the apartment looks AND functions; each part of the space feels separate, like a room of its own. This is only enhanced by a nearly detached kitchen space and ten foot ceilings.
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
1. Organization - The chaos of a small space is contained when everything has a place of its own. Because there's only 340 sqft, my apartment only ever feels terribly messy or wonderfully clean--unfortunately there's no in-between. Being organized makes cleaning, living, and simply thinking innately easier. 2. Beauty + Function - I live my life by the rule of William Morris: "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." I'm a style-obsessed artist so having something that works but is an eyesore is just not option. Great design includes both great function and great beauty. 3. Work with it, not against - Having a small and unusual space can be discouraging or frustrating, but not with the right attitude. By working to find solutions, rather than accepting quirks as limitations, I've found ways to have a welcoming space with all the furniture that I want. Don't let the size of your home be an excuse to not host friends or enjoy life.