Small Cool 2009: Alex Darling's Unbroken Space

Small Cool 2009: Alex Darling's Unbroken Space

Aaron Able
Apr 10, 2009

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Who Lives Here: Alex Darling + 1
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Size: 1,100 square feet

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home? I'm really in love with the stage that our bedroom is on. I'm pretty sure its what sold us on the place in the beginning. We find that it really adds levels, architectural interest and the opportunity to have a closed space in what is essentially one big room. The wood is also a nice break from the concrete floor. When its particularly nice outside, we like to throw open the windows and hang a hammock between the iron bars and just relax. It's just about the best thing we can do since our neighborhood is a concrete jungle.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your small home? Because our loft is one unbroken space, we found it really taxing to keep everything visually unified, while maintaining separate room identities. We liked the concept of being able to shift items around without them looking out of place and though the photos might not show it, once you walk in, you're presented with everything at once. We ultimately chose to be really restrictive of the color palette with the furnishings and accessories and introduce only a couple of cool colors to keep a calm, harmonious space. We're also totally into mixing high and low. We find the combination of those two creates such a tasteful, casual space.

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