Ryan's Heart of the City Home

Ryan's Heart of the City Home

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Janel Laban
May 12, 2015
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Name:
Ryan
Location:
Grand Rapids, MI
Square Feet:
600
Division:
Tiny
What I Love About My Small Home:
So many things! I live in a beautiful registered historic building in the heart of the city, and it is humbling to be apart of the history of the building. As a renter, I've been very lucky to have hardwood floors, lots of natural light (despite not having any vertical windows in my living room!) and 10 foot ceilings throughout my place. Having a (smaller) apartment has definitely made it easier to make my space feel pleasantly comfortable and cozy. Although the rooms in my apartment are relatively small, the way they were laid out allows for them to feel sizable and open. Also, BONUS! The smaller the space, the less time it takes to clean it!
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
1)Keep spaces opened, organized + put clutter away. This is something I've worked really hard to keep up with. Sometimes when I'm really busy, clutter finds its way on countertops & tables, or I'll leave a pair of shoes in the middle of the hall. Keeping things organized makes my place feel larger and more pleasant. If it doesn't have a place to be put in the open, then put it away in a closet. 2)Greenery. I live in the middle of the city, and although I'm a short bike ride away from several beautiful woodland areas, having plants has been a delight. It definitely livens my space up & I've become really fond of indoor plants and can't imagine my place without them! 3)Furniture! I've found that having bright, airy, non bulky furniture with raised legs (which compromises my entire collection of furniture) helps make my place feel larger. I can't image having skirted furniture or a big boxy sofa. Instead I've compromised with a bench + desks, chairs, & tables with long legs.
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