Small Cool 2009: Jenny's Hawaiian Shoebox

Small Cool 2009: Jenny's Hawaiian Shoebox

Gregory Han
Apr 7, 2009

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Who Lives Here: Jenny and her sister
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Size: 470 square feet

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home? The layout. Even though our home is the size of a shoebox, it works for two sisters. The bedrooms are of equal size, divided by the bathroom, and the living area and kitchen are open and flow into each other nicely. We have our own spaces and a nice space to share. It's very comfortable and we get great cross breezes and plenty of natural light year round. The porch is a nice plus!

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your small home? Lack of options. We live on an island with limited home furnishing resources. Think no IKEA! No Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, Anthropolgie, nothing. We did a lot of online shopping and scouring some of the few, fun local home decor shops. We also have a good collection of stuff we kept from living on the East Coast, as well as things we picked up on trips to the Mainland. A good thing about a small place is that you don't need a lot of furniture. We chose carefully, over time. Painting every room also made a huge difference in creating a serene place we love to come home to.

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