Small Cool 2009: Scott's Elegant Carriage House

Tiny Division #42

Who Lives There: Scott
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Size: 475 square feet

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home? My favorite element of my small space is the ceiling height. My ceilings are 22 feet high, and have very interesting architectural elements to them (sky light, great moldings and interesting angles). In the small space it feels much larger because of the height of ceiling; I never feel "boxed" in. I also love that my space was used as a real working Carriage House in the 1920's. I enjoy the history and knowing that there were Horses and Carriages at one time in the place that I now live.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your small home? As my space is a rental, I am not able to paint or choose my own permanent decor. Knowing that, I have to choose every piece of furniture or objet very carefully. I have to be insanely in love with everything I bring through my door (right down to paper towels and tooth paste-not a lot of storage for things I don’t love). In doing that my furnishings pull focus away from my plain white walls and tan carpet to showcase what I find to be truly beautiful. I also have an open floor plan bedroom, living room, kitchen and dining room which can be a large problem in its self. I then had to choose furniture that looks good to the adjoining rooms and relates to one another in a great dialogue. Being a true Aries, we are big believers in texture in our environment and respond to that more than colors. So I have used lots of texture to unify all of my little spaces together to create a space that I truly enjoy.

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.

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