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Madrid Spain
Square Feet:
What I Love About My Small Home:
Its wonderful location and eccentric character. We moved from LA to the Malasaña neighborhood of Madrid a year ago, and this was the second apartment we saw. The minute we ducked through the narrow Frank Lloyd Wright-style entryway, and were greeted by the high slanted ceilings and dark wooden beams of an oddly converted L-shaped attic, we knew we were home. It’s a hundred-year-old building without a single right angle, with a series of floating platforms dividing the space, a little wood-burning stove for heat, and the bath tucked directly alongside the bed. We’d never seen anything like it.
Biggest Challenge of Living in a Small Space:
The lack of storage and the miniature kitchen with just a countertop oven and icecube-tray-sized freezer. We have become pretty disciplined by necessity, grocery shopping every day, and regularly divesting ourselves of clothes and objects we don’t need or use. We would be completely lost without our canapé bed and the wall of hooks we hung in the foyer, the former holds everything from suitcases of winter clothes to Christmas ornaments, and the latter accommodates all our coats and bags. Moving into a teeny-tiny studio in a new country together has been an interesting challenge for our first year of marriage, but it’s working out so far.

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