Small Cool 2009: Claudia's Calm & White

Tiny Division #51

Who Lives Here: Claudia + 1
Location: Bronx, New York City
Size: 500 square feet

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home? I love white — it makes me feel calm. But I enjoy my kitchen. It is tiny and it is the only place that has color. In the kitchen I went the opposite and painted the wall a really strong, bright green. I love it. I love the contrast when you walk into the apartment. All you see is white except that strong green kitchen wall.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your small home? The apartment was horrible when we moved here. Linoleum floor tiles, brown fridge, 60"s kitchen and wallpaper. I did everything myself, over time. I removed tiling, reinstalled new ones. I installed the kitchen cabinets myself, including new sink and countertop. I took out the old bathroom wall and shower tiles, re-tiled, installed new sink, faucet, toilet. I did one thing at a time, on weekends. I love white, and the biggest challenge is finding white furniture when one has limited funds.

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