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New York , NY
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What I Love About My Small Home:
We love so many things about our home. Even though it's teeny-tiny, there's an incredible amount of storage and ample room for us (and our cat). Every inch of space is utilized thoughtfully. From the underbed storage area to the floor to ceiling shoe closet to the hidden kitty litter box built into our bathroom vanity, we've incorporated storage and function wherever we could. The kitchen is all we could ask for, with tons of counter space, cabinets, and updated appliances, the bathroom is modern and streamlined, and the "bedroom" is a cozy, secluded getaway. Within our space, we were able to create separate living areas: the living room/kitchen, the bedroom, the dressing area, and the bathroom. We wanted to preserve the charm of this 1937 apartment while modernizing it. The dichotomy of the sleek kitchen opposed to the painted brick wall with decorative fireplace almost makes the space feel like two separate rooms. Lastly, we love that it's located in the East Village.
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
1. Embrace dark colors. When we painted the bookcase dark blue (Gentleman's Grey/Benjamin Moore), it made the wall recede and the ceiling look much taller.
2. Make sure you have a designated space for EVERYTHING. But seriously, everything. Down to the minutia. If you're not organized in a small space, things get chaotic quickly.
3. In a teeny-tiny home, you must be extremely selective with your furniture choices. It's important to wait for the right item to cross your path. We only have three pieces of floating furniture: our couch, our chair, and our coffee table. I was determined to find a coffee table that transformed into a dining table/desk. Luckily, I was able to find a vintage one on eBay!