Small Cool 2009: Jemma's Convertible Layout

Tiny Division #21

Who Lives Here: Jemma McPherson
Location: Washington, DC
Size: 490 square feet

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home? I love the convertible layout. The bed opens up to be two couches, the tables slide around easily, the red horizontal book case is on wheels, and the screens move easily to cover the windows or separate the space. There about 5 totally different layouts. I also love the Moroccan alcove, which houses most of my seascape collection (we turned the closet in the hallway into an alcove by taking off the doors, painting them, and putting them inside the closet at an angle, to give the closet some depth).

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your small home? The biggest challenge was balancing solid elements, like the couches, with more transparent elements, like the screens, and totally transparent elements, like the glass table, to keep the space open. Careful shopping helped from both IKEA/CB2 and antique stores helped. The big gold mirror from an antique store on U Street opened the space: I am keeping my eye out for two more in a similar style and plan to hang them on the same wall.

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