Small Cool 2009: Amanda's "Free Isn't Worth It"

Small Cool 2009: Amanda's "Free Isn't Worth It"

Aaron Able
Apr 14, 2009

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Who Lives Here: Amanda + 1
Location: Washington, DC
Size: 515 square feet

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home? My favorite element of my small, cool home is the feeling I get when I'm in it: rest. It took a long time to feel positively towards it (when I moved in, there were unnaturally large holes in the ceiling, walls and floors, thanks to the previous tenant) but after much editing, waiting, and placing, I've come to crave my space more than anywhere else. I love the light (I wake up with coffee and the eastern sun in my kitchen and living room, and wind down with the western sunset in my bedroom), the high ceilings and the fact that even thought it is very small, I never seem to feel small or crowded in it. I'm on the top floor, so I also have the roof and a perfect view of the Capitol building, which makes the apartment feel even more spacious, and serves as a great place for relaxing and entertaining friends.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your small home? I'm the oldest child, and first to leave the nest, which I did two years ago. Naturally, I had very little of my own furniture, and was given everything my parents didn't want or need in their home. This was helpful, but once college is over, it becomes less satisfying to be living in an apartment that still looks like a dorm room. So, with a limited budget and no car, I set to work on the biggest challenge my tiny apartment would work through: realizing that free isn't worth it, if it's not something you really love. Over the past two years, I've weeded out everything in my "freebie" collection to pieces I actually would have chosen. I've built up my own furnishings with a careful mix of will-power and a critical eye and have managed to narrow down the things in my home to those which I need, love and want to keep for good — everything else has gone via the curb. I love antique stores, flea markets and have found many beautiful things from the good people of Washington via Ebay and Craigs List. I'm car-less (a strange rarity in DC), which limits my selection a bit, but there is a story to go with each of my finds, and I never cease to be amazed at what I can carry home on my own back. My philosophy is this: If I don't love it enough to move it with me to the next place, I shouldn't bring it home to this one.

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