Small Cool 2009: aka Grace's Efficiency of Mirrors

Teeny-tiny Division #11

Who Lives Here: aka Grace Location: Upper West Side, New York City Size: 270 square feet

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home? I love my kitchen despite its tiny size. I cook and bake often but there is practically no counter space. Any cooking endeavor always involves strategic placement and shuffling of plates, dishes, pots and pans. On the plus side, however, the space is very efficient. I can stand in one spot, and everything is easily within reach.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your small home? My shoe-box shaped apartment has only one window facing an interior courtyard. The sleeping loft cuts across the window and blocks off the natural light. Mirrors from various sources (thrift shops, IKEA, friends' attics) hung near the window and throughout the apartment help open up and brighten the space. I also lined the windowsill with panels of acrylic mirrors from Canal Street to bring in more light. The yellow curtains were made from fabric I got at B&J Fabrics in the garment district; they enhance what little sunlight I do get.
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