Small Cool 2009: Azaleasmoke's Happy Compromise

International Division #24

Who Lives There: Azaleasmoke, "the eventual husband" and Gryffin (aka G, aka Gryffers McGee)
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Size: 800 square feet

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home? Right now it would have to be our print/picture wall, because we worked on it together and it is a great representation of both of us. My partner works from home so that desk in the living room is where he spends most of his time. As you can see we're both very into North American politics (Obama is the most visible in the pics, but Tommy Douglas is also up there representing Canada).
I also really love the old bones. The high ceilings, the original (non-working) fireplace, the wainscoting in the kitchen, and the pillars leading to the living room. It just has tons of character.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your small home? The fact that its a rental and we are NOT ALLOWED TO PAINT!! It drives me crazy, but I have done my best to work with the wall colour as it is. Cohabitation also affects a lot of design decisions. My partner has definite opinions about the decor, vetoing a lot of things I would otherwise bring in, and G’s little white hairs and dirty paws meant that we had to replace all of the light furniture and white linens. But I would prefer my partner care than not, and G makes us happier than any material possession ever could, so . . .

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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.