Small Cool 2009: Praveen's High Ceilings

Little Division #36

Who Lives There: Praveen Location: San Francisco, California Size: 705 square feet

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home? I find the large ceiling height to be beneficial in multiple ways. First, it allows a tremendous amount of sunlight in, which is much better waking up to than an alarm clock. It also allows for a huge wall canvas to work with. I've been going at it for two years, and I'm not even close to done yet. I can definitely never complain about the lack of wall space to hang my yet unframed prints. But, truthfully, just the openness it gives the place makes me happy.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your small home? Paradoxically, the height of ceiling is also one of the biggest challenges. It creates a lot of vertical space which was a bit hard to figure out how to make it work. Originally, I had larger furniture in hopes their height would complement the vertical height. But it didn't seem to work, and I didn't much like the furniture anyway. I slowly replaced them with much lower to the ground furniture, and I find that it accentuates the ceiling height perfectly. Similarly, filling the large vertical wall space without making it seem cluttered with lots of small pieces is tough. I think I've managed it okay so far, but I fear that adding much more will make it too busy.
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