Small Cool 2009: Adam's Edited Bare Essentials

Little Division #37

Who Lives Here: Adam Location: Houston, Texas Size: 710 square feet

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home? It is hard to choose a favorite element.  I love the beautiful old windows that over look downtown Houston.  I love wrought-iron window between the bedroom and the living room.  I love the original sink in the kitchen from when the building was built in 1929.  I love the beautiful non-working fireplace.  But I would have to say my favorite element is the beautiful wrought iron staircase in the living room with the butterflies sculpted to match the lines of the stairs.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your small home? This apartment had several design challenges.  First, the front door is through the kitchen so the first thing guests see is a stove and a refrigerator.  The apartment has high  ceilings so I decided to draw the eye up and created an alter above the stove and utilized the space above the refrigerator as a display area.  Now when guests first enter their eyes are drawn up to a fun whimsical display.  I was inspired to paint the walls Mountain White as a reference to the the time period of the building a Spanish Colonial building from 1929.  The color is a modern interpretation of a mid-century kitchen.

The second design challenge was the split-level apartment.  The living room is made even more narrow by the staircase.  To solve this problem, we decided to paint the rest of the apartment the same color - Finesilver Gray.  We chose Finesilver because most of the furniture had white trims.  Furniture placement was done to make the room wider - the couch is under the windows to give the impression of a wider space.  Finally, since the living room is so small, we decided that there was no room for a traditional entertainment area and instead chose to hang the tv on the wall.  The VCR, DVD player and Apple TV are hidden in the side tables within coffee table books.

With small spaces, organization is always the key.  We edited and reedited until only  the bare essentials were left.

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