Small Cool 2009: Kevin's Triple Threat

Teeny-tiny Division #15

Who Lives Here: Kevin Location: Upper West Side, New York City Size: 210 square feet

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home? That would be my sculpture of Mao. I picked it up at a street market while backpacking around Southeast Asia a few years ago. It’s one of the few items that I brought to NYC when I moved into this apartment for grad school. It really serves as the focal point of the room. The sculpture combined with the wall shelving I installed around it creates a lot of architectural interest that adds depth and makes the space seem larger.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your small home? When making a 210 square foot apartment livable on a small budget, every item has to do double duty. I extensively used store websites and ebay to research beds and sleeper sofas with concealed storage. Even the big mirror has adhesive hooks on the back for holding my mop and broom. The shelving on all of the walls frees up floor space and also has integrated light fixtures to eliminate the need for tables with lamps. Storing and editing my possessions has become a way of life but I truly like every item I own now and appreciate every inch of space.
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