Small Cool 2009: Kimmer's Old & New

Small Division #06

Who Lives Here: Kimmer & Jari (Henry + Lulu kitties)
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Size: 1,090 square feet

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home? My favorite element in my home is the natural light, the openness, the sense of loftiness... the floor to ceiling windows and bright views.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your small home? Because it is a newly constructed building, I felt I needed to tone down some of the slick materials used, so that the details of the space felt more artfully worn in. To add some texture I painted over the original silver stock fixtures to soften and create a more industrial look.

There was also no closet or storage space (welcome to NYC!) To remedy this, I installed shoji screens which not only provided storage solutions but also brought in warmer more organic material. I installed shelves created from reclaimed timber I found dumpster diving and my coffee table is made from two massive construction timbers perched atop a base of two cinder blocks.

A few of my favorite pieces of furniture I literally found on the street, including an old double-wide children's school desk. Inexpensive shelf boxes from IKEA were used in my studio both for storage and creating unique displays of curios and found objects. These collections are tightly edited, bringing little stories to nooks without compromising the clean, uncluttered atmosphere.

The push-pull of old and new strikes a balance so the modern won't look pretentious and the worn doesn't feel shabby. This approach for me transforms a small space into a calm experience rather than overwhelming or chaotic. I think of my home as a grown up tree house (well actually more of a nest in a tree) in Brooklyn.

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