Small Cool 2009: Natalie's Storage-Filled Small Space

Little Division #11

Who Lives There: Natalie and her roommate
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Size: 795 square feet

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home? Along with my luxuriously long, deep, beautiful sofa, the storage! There is a walk-in pantry that houses dishware, cooking appliances, cleaning tools, table linens, the ironing board and the vacuum. Its spacious enough that we could probably rent it out for a little extra cash ;) There's also a shallow pantry with sliding doors (along the hallway, backing up to the pantry, not pictured) that we've converted into a shoe closet. There's a walk-in closet for clothes and an entryway space for coats (and more shoes). Pretty impressive for an early 20th century two-flat; it makes living in a small space entirely functional.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your small home? Balancing the consistently bright front of the apartment with the mostly always dark kitchen is a strange challenge. Although the house has an east/west exposure, the kitchen window opens onto the back staircase, not the yard, so the kitchen only gets natural light for about 45 minutes every day when the sun coming through the porch windows line up with the kitchen window (I was able to catch it one day for the photo!) I have been inspired by the way Scandinavian homes have to deal with balancing light and dark--between summer and winter months--and think the key is simplicity, light walls, and great lighting. (Other key challenges include: organization, editing, consistency and a first-year-out-of-college budget!)

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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.

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