Small Cool 2009: Petra's Furnished From Scratch Flat

Small Cool 2009: Petra's Furnished From Scratch Flat

Gregory Han
Apr 14, 2009

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Who Lives Here: Two: me and my cat Marina
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Size: 300 square feet

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home? The big windows that let in so much light - essential in a tiny flat.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your small home? The biggest challenge was having a very limited budget and needing to furnish from scratch, as I hadn't had my own place for a while; the other was that, apart from the windows, the flat seemed depressingly dingy, and really needed a proper effort. I had one bookcase and my lovely old Tasmanian oak desk, so built the room around these elements. The coach was advertised on ebay as 'beige' so it was a surprise to discover, upon collection, that it was in fact a lovely 80s mud pink. Fortunately I didn't mind this, and it turned out that matched my books, and the rug, also from ebay, and by chance, the lamp. I also repainted the kitchen - it was filthy when I moved in, and I decided that since it was so small it would benefit from having its own colours. I love the fifties kitsch of the lemon cupboards and the mint green walls. The kitchen now brightens up the whole flat. Plants were the most exciting discovery - I have used them extensively for the character and life and freshness they bring. Finally my cat, Marina, is perhaps the most versatile and elegant soft furnishing.

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