One Room, Many Ways: In Paris

Two years ago, my husband and I rented a tiny apartment on the top floor of a gorgeous Haussman building in the Canal St. Martin neighborhood of Paris. There was a diminutive kitchen, a miniscule bathroom, and one other small room. Over the next two days, we'd eat here, sleep here, and work here. See pictures from our trip after the jump.

During the day, the little room was an office. I set up a makeshift desk that looked out upon Paris' beautiful apartment buildings. In the evening, the little room became an intimate spot to share our memories of the day over a cup of tea. And once bedtime rolled around, the double mattress, outfitted in soft, luxurious sheets came down from the wall where it had been leaning. And this little room became a bedroom.

Everything we needed was there: a pair of folding chairs, a little antique stool, a handful of vintage silverware, a few dishes, a mattress, and some lovely C.O. Bigelow hand soap. That's the nice thing about living with less, you can invest in some really good quality things, like linens and toiletries.

Do you have a room that you use many ways?

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