Small Cool 2009: Carol's Factory Windows

Tiny Division #12

Who Lives Here: Carol & rabbit Mies
Location: Jersey City, New Jersey
Size: 500 square feet

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home? My favorite element is the light! This tiny loft studio apartment has a 12' ceiling and two large factory windows; the light fills the space and makes the apartment seem much bigger than it really is.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your small home? The biggest challenge was to fit everything I wanted into a 500 square feet space: a modern open kitchen, a dining area with a 6' dining table, an office, a library, a living room that could accommodate sleep-over guests, a "separate" bedroom area, and lots of storage. Being able to cook and entertain in my apartment is very important to me. By creating a sleeping alcove in the loft, I was able to fit working/living/dining/entertaining functions all in one open plan. I painted the horizontal stripe colors on the walls to visually expand the room, to unify the various elements in the apartment, and to add a playful touch.

Resources: Rakks shelves, IKEA wardrobes and kitchen cabinets, Design Within Reach furniture, FLOR modular carpet tiles and Anthropologie crewel rug.

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