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New York, NY
Square Feet:
What I Love About My Small Home:
Apartment hunting in NYC is not easy. I kissed a lot of frogs before I finally found the one. I knew the minute I walked in the door that this little jewel box would be mine, even though it wasn't meant to be at the time. I fell in love with the pre-war charm, lots of windows, and northern city exposure that goes for miles. So I waited until the timing and price were right, and eventually fate intervened. What's most special about my apartment is the home I've created inside. Since I have a limited floor plan, I keep things fresh with an evolving mix of art, accessories, and statement pieces, like the vintage x-bench from my mother recently reupholstered in a John Robshaw fabric. All of my treasures have special meaning, particularly the trinkets from my grandmother and the large modern canvas painted by my uncle, an artist in Washington, D.C. But what I love most is that feeling I get when I walk in the door every evening. I'm always happy to be home.
Biggest Challenge of Living in a Small Space:
Although it had good bones, the apartment came with a few draw backs. The kitchen is tiny and had a dorm-sized fridge, and the bathroom was a green-tiled disaster. After a year, I gutted the kitchen and bath. I couldn't add any more square footage, but the clean, white design with Carrara marble makes both rooms feel bigger than they are. And I was able to adjust the kitchen layout to make way for a full sized refrigerator, which was a huge win.
If I am the Grand Prize winner of Small Cool, the item(s) or project(s) from my home design wishlist that I'd like to spend my winnings on are::
I have my eye on a small Saarinen table for my dining room area, and a vintage bar cart that would make a perfect end table. And I can never have enough art, there are still one or two blank spaces I'd love to fill.