Kate's Silk Purse

Kate's Silk Purse

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Janel Laban
May 21, 2015
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Name:
Katherine
Location:
Evanston, IL
Square Feet:
481
Division:
Tiny
What I Love About My Small Home:
Built in 1920, my coach house, nicknamed the “sow’s ear” by several friends, came with a long list of issues that would scare off most renters. It was FILTHY with a Pepto-pink bathroom painted (including the exterior of the claw-foot tub & radiator) by an elderly aunt who hid the paint cans under the tub to rust for 15 years, had an odd floor-plan, and lots of, um, ‘cat surprises’. But the details were undeniable; quiet, huge windows, big trees, a quirky step-up bathroom with the aforementioned claw-foot tub, French doors to the living area, kitchen shelves that verge on folk art, and very cool neighbors. After an industrial-strength scrubbing and some paint, it’s a silk purse.
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
Forget the rules. Love dark furniture-moody colors? Not into having a bed in the living space? No problem. Can’t bear to part with the 60’s ceramic lamp with the 3’ orange shade (hello)? Want to cover every inch of wall in art? Okay, then. If it makes you happy to look at it every day, everything will find its place.
Think differently. Assess what you have and the best way to store or display it in the space you have now. DARE to hang your art differently. Example, who needs a dedicated drawer/cabinet for spices when the built-in kitchen shelves have 5” between the top shelf and the dormer ceiling? 8 ft. of spice storage!
Balance, level, whip it. Spread large, heavy, or color-saturated items throughout the space and hang art at a consistent level from the ceiling to prevent decorating vertigo. Color-whipping is an old retail term meaning to unify a space by carrying a similar pop of color throughout.
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