Location: Cape Cod, Massachusetts
I moved into my 370 sq ft Cape Cod cottage after several years in NYC, so the small footprint wasn't an issue -- but the lack of noise and the abundance of bugs were! When I first moved in, I wanted to avoid the typical coastal style trap, while acknowledging that I indeed live in a cottage on the Cape.
I started out with not much more than a lot of books and a few vintage chairs, but was able to furnish the whole place cohesively with thrifted or family-gifted pieces (and of course a few IKEA staples!). Over the course of the year that I've been here, I've seen my style evolve toward the end of the "cottage" spectrum, but with my trademark shot of eclectic glamour that makes visitors describe my place as something like a "Parisian spa cabin" or a "Brooklyn brownstone on the beach".