Small Cool 2009: Laura's Small & Snug

Tiny Division #29

Who Lives Here: Laura
Location: Washington, DC
Size: 425 square feet

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home? I wasn't too crazy about the apartment itself when I moved in, but I tried to make it a place that I could call home. My favorite part of the apartment is how the dining nook has a cozy little cafe vibe to it. I'm really proud of how it turned out, especially since I personalized it quite a bit, including painting the chairs and making the lampshade myself.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your small home? While I love the fact that my home is small and snug, it was important for me to carve out separate areas for eating, sleeping, and entertaining, as I didn't want to have to sit on my bed while talking to my friends, or eat on my couch, etc. I tried to do this without sacrificing too much, and I think I was able to accomplish this through using elements like the bed canopy, divider screen, lighting, and rugs to define the separate areas. I used a lot of resources in planning my apartment. Design websites (especially Apartment Therapy) were a great resource for ideas, as well as magazines, and store displays.

Budget was also a constraining factor, so Ikea, Craigslist, and flea markets were my favorite resources for furnishing my apartment. Aside from my mattress, nothing in my apartment cost more than $250. I also like to incorporate accessories that I've picked up on my travels, such as Delftware china that I bought in the city of Delft, a table runner from Botswana, and crosses from Honduras and Texas, just to name a few.

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