Katie's Ideal Retreat

Katie's Ideal Retreat

Janel Laban
May 12, 2015
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Name:
Katie
Location:
Chicago, IL
Square Feet:
534
Division:
Tiny
What I Love About My Small Home:
I love that I've taken a little boxy studio apartment and muscled it into my ideal retreat from the crazy bustle of life as a busy student in a big city. It's been a learning experience.
I've stuffed the bed into the little nook adjacent to the kitchen (meant for dining) for privacy. I've discovered the wonders of thrifting and spray paint. I've learned that the only thing that will distract a mischievous kitten from eating plants and playing with the fountain is a little fish tank.
I found that the beautiful angle of warm sunlight through the glass of a southern window almost makes up for having 3 ft of snow on the ground.
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
Indulge yourself with the things that make you happy. Maybe you can tell from my photos that I love books and nature. Living in Chicago, it's not so easy to hit the trails. Surrounded by greenery and listening to the fountain, I can imagine that I'm looking over Union Falls or sitting quietly in El Yunque.

When thinking storage, think outside the box (pun not intended). Hanging drapes along the wall gives a convenient hiding spot for hanging clothes, storing stepladders, mops etc. I also decided not to hide the broom/dustpan but incorporate them into wall decor in the kitchen. The burlap sacks on the wall are useful for storing foodstuffs when you have no cupboard space and no room for a shelf.

Throw out the design rulebook. Having no design background, I've unintentionally broken a ton of rules (too small rugs, no "negative space" and likely many more). I don't care; I adore my home because it reflects the journey of my life so far.
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