Small Cool 2009: Avallant's Classic Elements

Small Cool 2009: Avallant's Classic Elements

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Janel Laban
Apr 6, 2009

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Who Lives There: Avallant and Alex
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Size: 750 square feet

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home? Wow, that's a tough one to decide! I guess I have to say that I really love the existing classic elements of our place, like the original hardwood floors, moldings and fixtures. It is really important for Alex and I to have a place with really good bones, because we are renters we cannot usually change anything once we get there (although we painted the back office, shh dont tell!)

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your small home? osh, Alex and I looked for a pair of matching night tables FOREVER (we each had our own when we moved in) with no luck. Everything we found was either too large, too tall, or some such thing. We sort of gave up looking for awhile. Then Alex was inspired by the clearance section at IKEA and we decided to try a different approach - we installed floating shelves with wall-mounted lamps instead. We actually love them now, and they really open up the bedroom by giving us more floor space. But I think that next to that, our biggest challenge is agreeing on things for the apartment. We have pretty different tastes, but I think that actually makes our place more interesting in the end!

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