Small Cool 2009: Dehlia's Calm, Cool & Collected

Tiny Division #50

Who Lives Here: Dehlia + girlfriend + Maine coon cat
Location: Brooklyn, New York City
Size: 540 square feet

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home? The part of my apartment that I love most is the miraculously spacious 4'x6' bathroom. I learned more than I ever wanted to know about plumbing while redesigning this bathroom, but it is the one thing I think came out perfectly. I sacrificed an antique clawfoot tub that took up nearly the whole space and replaced it with a deep soaking tub, a tiny square sink and my favorite thing — the square toilet that almost disguises its true function. The shower is tiled in seaglass, the floor is natural slate and the walls are covered with an earth plaster, and it is lit most of the day by the skylight through which this picture was taken. The rainhead shower, waterfall bathspout, and pitcher lavatory faucet make me one happy pisces!

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your small home? The most difficult issues I've struggled with are the lack of storage space in the apartment and the need for a calm work space to finish my dissertation. The bedroom is divided from what I like to call the library by a sliding wall made of two sheets of bamboo plywood, which bisects the chimney, a brick wall which I painted white. I curtained off one wall of the bedroom in rough white silk, creating a third floor to ceiling block of natural texture and a pleasant view from my desk. I've chosen natural materials and dyes, mostly in shades of black and white, so that the rare bright piece that strikes my fancy will have a natural palette against which to glow. I leapt at the chance to have a golden Chinese armoire for a kitchen cupboard. I bought this piece off craigslist for $250, a bargain, but even better was getting to see the homes of people whose taste I really admired — like AT but live!

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