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Washington, DC
Square Feet:
What I Love About My Small Home:
The two "L"s - light and location. The apartment is flooded with natural light, and steps from my door are some of the most scenic spots in D.C. I started decorating from scratch and kept things simple by choosing just two colors, green and white. I love Chinoiserie and Palm Beach style (can you tell?!) – not exactly D.C. chic, so furnishing the apartment turned into a treasure hunt through vintage and thrift stores, where I found almost all of my furnishings. For instance, the Chinese screen/headboard was scored in an antique store and the credenza was ordered on eBay (and refinished from a terrible cream and blue paint job). I also got creative with DIY, making curtains and painting the "artwork" that hangs over the credenza. The result is a bright, beachy space that feels like an oasis in the city.
Biggest Challenge of Living in a Small Space:
I'm a bookworm, so finding a place to store my books is a constant challenge. I turned my bookcases into walls; with a double-sided EXPEDIT shelving system from IKEA, books can be displayed spine-out on both sides of the shelves separating the living and sleeping spaces. The other challenge was fitting in normal furniture; it was important to me that my studio didn't feel like a doll house. I balanced larger pieces (the credenza) with smaller items (a dining table that will someday become a piece of accent furniture). Surprisingly, the layout feels spacious, with comfortable seating for eight (10, if guests are willing to perch on the Chinese garden stools that double as side tables!). Be sure to check out my blog, Sanity Fair, at sfair.blogspot.com.
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