Small Cool 2009: Kiki's Kitschy Downsize

Small Cool 2009: Kiki's Kitschy Downsize

Gregory Han
Apr 1, 2009

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Who Lives Here: Kiki, husband and a small baby
Location: San Diego, California
Size: 600 square feet

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home? I love the inlaid bookcase in our living room.  To me books are precious, both aesthetically and intellectually.  Being able to display my favorites without taking up the space of a bookcase was really invaluable.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your small home? I recently downsized from a three bedroom house in Mexico to a one bedroom apartment condo in San Diego, CA.  The hardest thing was having to pick and choose amongst all the kitschy decorations and paintings I had accumulated over the years.  Living in such a small space with my husband and a small baby has made me embrace my inner claustrophobia.  It has also helped honed my style.  If I don't absolutely love it, it should not be taking up precious space.  My current criteria is: anything added to your household should be aesthetically pleasing but moreover, functional.  For example, if I need to purchase bathroom towels, I'll choose a nice set from Anthropologie instead of five white ones from Target.  Now towels become an opportunity to "decorate".  It's definitely quality over quantity.

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