Small Cool 2009: kateheffernan's Giant Windows & Blue Burlap

Small Cool 2009: kateheffernan's Giant Windows & Blue Burlap

Aaron Able
Apr 13, 2009

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Who Lives Here: 2 kateheffernan + Andrew
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Size: 950 square feet

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home? I really love the giant windows in the living room and the door to the small balcony. We can open the door in the summer and have a breeze that flows through the whole apartment. I also love the open kitchen — I love to cook so it's great to have that integrated into the living area.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your small home? The apartment is on the third floor of a very narrow building and there is a split stairwell that leads up to it. Neither the couch nor the box spring would fit up the stairs so we had to find a new couch that we could move up in pieces. IKEA had a couple of good affordable options for this so that worked out well.

The east-facing window in the bedroom was another issue. It's great during the day but waking up at 4am every day got old really fast. The ceilings are 15 ft high — which is great — but it makes it really tough to find curtains on a budget. I was able to get some pretty blue colored burlap for only $6/yard online and backed them with some blackout lining. Then I got a custom cut metal pipe at the hardware store for $10 to hang them on. I'm really happy with the results.

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