Small Cool 2009: Catherine's Traditional & Modern

Small Cool 2009: Catherine's Traditional & Modern

Aaron Able
Apr 8, 2009

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Who Lives Here: Catherine plus 2 extra large cats
Location: Somerville, Massachusetts
Size: 528 square feet

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home? The high ceilings — 9'-6" — are great for someone tall, like me, plus, they make the space feel bigger. It's got really big windows, too, which even though it faces north, bring in lots of light. The floors are fabulous — gorgeous old pine, and I love the color palate, of light grays and white, and how it makes a traditional space feel kind of modern. The idea to paint the back of the bookcase a vibrant red (mostly hidden by books) came from Martha Stewart, and it's great — brings color into the room really subtly.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your small home? Trying to get the color/s to work right. I repainted almost every year, until I read somewhere that painting a small apartment all the same color, preferably a light one, made it feel bigger. It worked!

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