Nicole's Daily Inspiration

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Name:
Nicole
Location:
Raleigh, NC
Square Feet:
306
Division:
Teeny-Tiny
What I Love About My Small Home:
I love how my tiny 306 sqft studio apartment influences my life daily. I'm a young architect, so this studio inspires how I think about space. From the huge windows to the custom built-ins, every part of my apartment feels intentional and perfect. It makes me so happy!

WINDOWS: The large operable windows really make the space. There are three windows in the main space and one in the bathroom -- it's more than enough light to keep my studio naturally lit during the day. The west sun glowing through my translucent curtains makes me smile when I return home in the afternoon, especially when there’s a breeze!

STORAGE: The amount of built-in storage is incredible. With a closet/shelf/built-in nook just outside the bathroom, and a hook/shelf/pantry combo at the entry, there is plenty of space to store or display my items. I even converted a former closet into a bed nook, which helps open the living space while providing a place to display photos and art.
Biggest Challenge of Living in a Small Space
In a space as small as my studio, decorating is quite a challenge, as it can quickly overwhelm the space. I kept my furniture selection as petite and simple as possible. My green mini sofa was the perfect yard sale find, and definitely my favorite item in my apartment. I found my table with expanding leaves on craigslist and lightened it up with turquoise paint. The subtly colored antique bedroom set creates a cohesive look. This combination of furniture adds character and keeps my space feeling open and bright. Then the rest is up to the fun details –- mini cacti and succulents, year-round Christmas lights around cabinets and windows, CityFabric artwork of Prague and Raleigh, hand-screened dishtowels, and an old window on my desk displaying postcards.
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