Small Cool 2009: Megan's Changed Outlook

Teeny-tiny Division #05

Who Lives Here: Megan Trinidad
Location: East Village, New York City
Size: 300 square feet

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home? I love that it’s small! I used to live in a place that was so roomy I had to buy stuff just to fill it. Now I only own what I love and I’m very picky about what enters my life. It has completely changed my outlook and I am grateful every time I step in the door.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your small home? The biggest challenge was the kitchen. I actually chose to purchase this apartment because the kitchen was a wreck. I love to cook and relished the opportunity to create a space that suited my needs. With the help of my renovation-savvy parents (the absolute greatest resources EVER), I figured out a way to stick a dishwasher and a full sized stove into a space that had barely fit a 23" cooktop when I moved in.

There have been ups and downs and it’s still a work in progress, but the only true set back was the countertop. I couldn’t convince myself to bite the bullet and get the granite I really wanted so I installed linoleum instead. I immediately regretted the decision and after a few months of saving I splurged on the good stuff. I ordered the counters from High Quality Marble whom I highly recommend.

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