Small Cool 2009: Shutterbug678's True Representation

Tiny Division #53

Who Lives There: Shutterbug678 and her boyfriend
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Size: 550 square feet

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home? My favorite element of our home is that it really represents who we are. The large headphone painting dominating the wall was painted by my boyfriend and it completely changed the feel of our home. The colors are a little bit him and a little bit me. They are very soothing and allow us to relax after a hard days work and spend quality time together in our beautiful home.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your small home? Because we do rent, there are multiple things we can not change and that drive us crazy! We would love to put in moldings, repaint the ceilings and update the kitchen with new cabinets, appliances and countertops. My boyfriend would love to sand down the floors and refinish them.

We work with what we are given. A fresh coat of paint does wonders, and custom artwork really makes our space feel like "our space" We have bought carpet remnants for some areas and brought in lamps for softer lighting. Basically anything that we can do we have done, and as far as the other ideas we come up with and can't put into action...well, we'll save those for our next home. :)

My absolute biggest frustration however is no dogs allowed. It's killing me not to have a fuzzy little 4-legged family member!!!

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