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Seattle, WA
Square Feet:
What I Love About My Small Home:
I love that my home is a personal reflection of who I am, where I've been and how far I have come from as a person. It is my tiny sanctuary where I can be surrounded by my favorite colors, textures and collections of silk screened prints and urban vinyl toys I have collected over the years through my travels across the US and Japan. I don't like to own a lot of 'stuff,' but each item displayed in my tiny home holds sentimental value and is a documentation of a life event. Coming home to me is like walking into by own brain, uncluttered yet colorful - a place I can recollect my thoughts and escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. I also love being on the top floor, and with west facing windows I wake up to the sun glaring in my face with the nested birds on my roof chirping all around - it helps me forget the fact that I do live in the heart of downtown, across the street from a hospital.
Biggest Challenge of Living in a Small Space:
The biggest challenge WAS moving into a small space. The last few years I have been living in a roommate/or boyfriend situation, so I had to find an affordable studio that would allow me to have my own space. I am young, poor and somewhat irresponsible, so that leaves you on a strict budget with a "make it work" attitude. I managed to furnish my apartment with this attitude. My 60's pull out couch was a bedbug free $15 Craigslist find; the TV console was a free curbside dresser; the tiger rug was a child's playroom mat; and my bed is a sawed down frame with egg foam, creating quite a comfortable bed!
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've always been a fan of Kartell, so I would probably get one of their ghost chairs (or two!). I would also like to own a mid century coffee table.