Northwest #19: Cooper and Ali's Wee (Yet Wondrous) Work/Live Space

Name: Cooper and Ali
Location: Oakland
Size: 502 sq. ft.
Rent/Own: Rented apartment

What is the advantage of SMALL? As most people have mentioned, small spaces are the best way to keep materialism to a minimum and they are easy to clean, but we actually love the creativity involved in trying to fit our life into a nutshell. ..

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What is the advantage of SMALL? CONT'D

...It makes every little detail that much more important and we can literally change the entire look of the apartment by swapping two or three pieces of art or furniture.

What's your favorite resource for your home?

Surprisingly, some our favorite pieces of furniture were found on the street (i.e. the Steelcase desk and office chair). When we're not looking for free retro modern loot we occasionally get crafty and make our own creations (fir desk lamp and black rolling cabinets w/ solid cherry doors). We also turn to companies like Design Public (where Ali works) for inspiration.

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home?

What initially sold us on the apartment was the revolving wall (a former murphy bed). It is still a great feature but we now realize how impractical it is because you can't place anything within its 360 degree radius. Overall, our favorite element is the way the abundant window light and old craftsmanship lends a comfortable open feeling to the space in spite of its size. Cooper runs a wedding photography business from home and he regularly has clients over for meetings so having an inviting atmosphere is essential.

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