Small Cool 2009: Ratmonger's View of Brooklyn

Little Division #15

Who Lives Here: Ratmonger + Genius Girlfriend
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Size: 670 square feet

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home? My favorite element is the nice view we have from our apartment (we overlook a park in Brooklyn). For this reason, the view had to be a significant aspect in our design thought process. This is why I was looked and looked for the perfect desk that would fit right in front of the window. Luckily I found a cute little, orange and yellow desk on Ebay. It's cute and fits perfectly in between my AC unit and the wall in the bedroom, right in front of my window. I often sit doing work in this spot, and I have a great view of the outdoors.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your small home? The biggest challenge was finding a good combination of affordable, classic and used furniture. We had no furniture to begin with, so we had to furnish an entire apartment, and we wanted to be as green as possible. Our living room and dining area is pretty small, so we played around with different layouts for a long time before finally getting it right (I think!). I also needed to find two different places for doing work, for both myself and my partner. When we both need to do some work, I sit in the bedroom desk area and she sits in the living room on the cool Blu Dot console we bought from a neighbor. I also found quite a few cool things on Ebay and craigslist. We also got our Eames storage unit for a great price at ABC Carpet & Home in Manhattan.

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