Laura's Historic Building

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Name:
Laura
Location:
Chicago, IL
Square Feet:
956
Division:
Small
What I Love About My Small Home:
There are many things I love about my space and the building, which has been around for over a century in a historic printing district. I love bringing my passion for history into my home by designing with a variety of elements from different eras. Many of my favorite pieces have been handed down or found at yard sales, and I like finding ways to showcase them. I also love the large windows that fill the living space with afternoon and evening light and provide a great view of weather activity. I do everything I can to highlight the view, including wall colors that are based on an evening palette. I love that the amount of light has been conducive to raising a small apartment garden for fresh herbs. The layout of this space has made it easy for me to express my simple aesthetic.
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space:
1. Personality - I like creating a space that is comfortable, and that represents my personality. Colors and pillows are easy to change on a budget, and simple furniture can work well if used strategically. I also like solving design problems. In the entry hallway, I used two different wall colors and merged them with a pattern.
2. Logic - Without organization, small spaces clutter fast. I try to donate old items when I make new purchases, and I utilize my closet and cabinet space fully. I have a few pieces of artwork and posters with sentimental value that I no longer wish to display, so I hang them in closets!
3. Time - I have taken my time to select artwork and furniture. There are still some thrifty items that I would like to replace, but I do my best to make what I have look neat and clean. Taking time to consider possibilities means I'm always finding wonderful things I wasn't even looking for, and that's what makes it so much fun!
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