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Los Angeles, CA
Square Feet:
What I Love About My Small Home:
I love that my apartment is a neutral, boxy space, which makes it very adaptable. It allows me to entertain, make art, experiment with design, work, and relax, all functional components for my happiness. Living on a hill with an amazing view of downtown Los Angeles, and living only 2 miles from work, close enough to commute by bicycle every day, is a rarity for LA. Even though I do pay more for rent than in the Midwest, I love the fact that I don’t have any heating or cooling bills! After moving from Milwaukee to Los Angeles a few years ago, I had to learn to live in less than half of what I was used to. 836 square feet meant having to cull my hard earned and thrifted design collection to make sense. Balancing form and function through patience, persistence, hard work, invested decision-making and over a decade of upgrading, I’ve been able to achieve a deluxe refuge even though my income falls below the bottom third bracket nationally. I’m passionate about my small living space!
Biggest Challenge of Living in a Small Space:
My biggest challenge was learning that efficiency could be fun! I came to an awareness of design through the detail and quality of an object or space. Empathizing with intention, I pursued my knowledge about design through research. Investigating histories and discovering stories are just as exciting as finding a diamond-in-the-rough. My enthusiasm for intriguing design and smart spaces grew exponentially. As an artist, I was willing to treat my home as a thoughtful experiment and learned that efficiency does not mean elimination of personality, comfort or style. My apartment allowed me to be self-sustaining and tackle projects without breaking my tiny budget. I no longer accumulate just to own, which was overcompensation for my financial status. But really, who can pass up a design icon for less than $10? I’ve found that I engage with my peers more, both inside and outside of my home. Having a curated space has definitely given me a healthier outlook, realizing that “less is more”!
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::
In the process of learning efficiency, I’ve come to terms with the aesthetic inadequacies and embarrassments of my apartment (ugly bathroom, tiny kitchen) versus what I am willing invest to invest to make it better. What I honestly drool over is a floor to ceiling glass wall (it really boils down to architecture), something that $3000.00 unfortunately isn’t going to satiate. Luckily, living in Southern California I am able to experience some amazing design, architecture and art on a daily basis. I am very fortunate in what I have access to and can experience, so in response to the question, I would donate the majority of the winnings to a homeless cause/shelter. In return, I would ask for exposure allowing me an access route into the creative job field of design and styling! I am an extremely motivated worker and am sensitive to working with the nuances of art and design. My multi-faceted skills become useful when a project challenge presents itself - that's when I jump into creative problem solving mode. Collaboration, anyone? Thanks, Apartment Therapy!