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San Francisco, CA
Square Feet:
What I Love About My Small Home:
This is the first space I've been able to really make my own, from paint colors and furniture to designing and remodeling my kitchen, so the result is a space that truly reflects me, my travels, and my favorite things, and I love that I feel fully at home here. I love that even though it's small, it’s perfectly sized for me and for my favorite things. And I LOVE the sense of history created its beautiful 1908 Edwardian architectural details: softwood fir floors, coved plaster ceilings, bay windows, built-ins, mantels, and trim.
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
1) Use a continuous color palette. Unifying the color palette of the space makes it feel continuous and bigger. I’ve used mostly cool neutral tones from grays to greens with pops of darker wood for contrast, and my guests always say that my home feels much bigger than it is.
2) Let the space speak for itself. I’m a photographer, and originally I planned to fill my home with my photographs. But my home has so many gorgeous original details and rather than compete with them, I’ve minimized art on the walls to let the architecture be the artwork.
3) Leave some breathing room with intentionally open spaces. I supposed this is a similar idea to the old cliche “avoid clutter”, but I have intentionally left spaces open that could otherwise be occupied by a chair or small piece of furniture. It’s tempting to have extra seating or storage space, but having some open floor space makes the room feel larger - more like a home and less like an apartment.
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