Small Cool 2009: Bonnie's Former Hotel Room

Small Cool 2009: Bonnie's Former Hotel Room

Gregory Han
Apr 15, 2009

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Who Lives Here: Myself and my papillon puppy, Isobel
Location: Sydney, Australia
Size: 258 square feet

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home? My favorite element would have to be my bedroom space. I love that even though I live in a studio, all I need to do is draw the curtains and my bed is totally closed off and private. Being so high up already, then being in a loft bed and having cockatoos that flutter onto my window sill every morning really gives a feeling of sleeping in a tree house every night.

By the way (I know I will get questioned about this :P) the hanging red basket is a puppy elevator. It allows my dog to get in and out of bed on weekends without disrupting sleep-ins.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your small home? The biggest challenge was turning a tiny space (my apartment was formerly a hotel room) into different "rooms" without making my flat too boxy or dark. I tried to pick furniture that would serve multiple functions so it would not be too cluttered and design so that each zone could be used for different things. The TV area turns into a guest room when I pull out the sofa bed, the study area into a reading & music nook and dining room when table is unfolded, and underneath the loft bed are pull out wardrobe racks on castors & dining room chairs (yes, you can have a dinner party for 6 in a tiny studio!) The resources that helped the most: I pored over the Ikea catalog for weeks and also at the time I was moving in there was a lot of apartments for lease in my building, so I sticky beaked around to see how other people had laid out their flats (and I still do!)

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