East #22: Danielle and Meg Try Color

Name: Danielle & Meghan
Location: New Rochelle, NY
Size: 700
Rent/Own: Own

What is the advantage of SMALL? We like to consider ourselves minimalists, but it’s so easy to end up with more than you need. Having a small space gives us that extra push to say no to the purchasing craving. It also means endless opportunity to use our creativity for storage solutions and design elements. And, it means less to keep clean!...

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What is the advantage of SMALL? CONT'D


What's your favorite resource for your home?

Craigslist! Most of the furniture and decorations in our apartment were found on craigslist and at garage sales. From the West Elm book shelves (free!) to the orange coach (not quite so free). It’s a really great resource for anyone on a budget or if you’re just looking to find that one cool item that doesn’t look like it came from a department store.

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home?

We love the bookshelves in the kitchen. We got them for $5 each at a garage sale a year ago and never really had much use for them. Then we decided to paint the kitchen green and thought let’s paint the shelves too. We like how they look and also that we’ve been able to turn something that was plain into something that is really useful and hopefully looks good.

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.