Small Cool 2009: Josh in NYC's Organized Landscape

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Who Lives Here: Josh in NYC Location: Greenwich Village, New York City Size: 622 square feet

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home? My favorite element would be the geometric layout in the living room area. I tried to emulate the organized landscape you see when looking down from a plane on farming country, with specific emphasis on rectangular shapes and healthy colors. I've always found this view to be both compelling and relaxing at the same time. Starting with the greens in the sofa and through the earthy shades in the area rug, coffee table, and ottomans, I replicated a miniature version of a pleasant countryside aerial view (at least I think I did!).

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your small home? I've lived in NY now for 10 years and have yet to enjoy the luxury of a separate room, i.e. a bedroom, an office, etc. However, while my current apartment is indeed a studio, I think the unique layout gave me an opportunity to take on the challenge of achieving some sort of separation into different functional areas, while keeping each with the right amount of energy and inspiration. I used bright colors and active decoration for the living space, minimalist design for the upstairs bedroom area, a calm motif for the kitchen and bathroom, and installed a mini-California closet and bookshelf for storage in the entry hallway. For my "office" corner, I also ended up removing floor cupboards, cutting back the countertop, and building some inset shelf space to store some books and supplies. For my "breakfast nook", I installed a separate railing to partially enclose that area.

In terms of resources, I must admit to being a nerd and designing/planning my entire apartment as well as my wine cabinet and custom-built bathroom furniture on Microsoft Excel (change the height/width of the cells to create a square grid where one cell = 1x1, and draw away). Surely I'm not the only one who does this? Other helpful resources would be my friends, Apartment Therapy (especially for colors), ICFF (for ideas) and archiexpo.com.

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