Small Cool 2009: Sonia & Jesko's Brooklyn Compact

Little Division #12

Who Lives Here: Sonia & Jesko, 2 cats
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Size: 650 square feet

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home? It's compact but feels spacious and cozy at the same time. We wanted a really open kitchen and decided to place the kitchen elements (stove, sink, cabinets etc) around the perimeter of the kitchen with the dining table in the center of the room. It's great — people end up hanging out in the kitchen all the time.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your small home? Since the 2 main rooms (kitchen & living room) in the apartment were separated by a wall when we first got the apartment, each room felt very boxed in. In order to open up the space and create more light in the rooms, we had to knock down the wall but we didn't want the kitchen to be seen when you sit in the living area. Our solution was to build a custom wall/shelf that delineated the 2 spaces. On the kitchen side, it serves as storage with shelves on the bottom and a chalk board above. On the living room side, we built book shelves all the way up to the ceiling.

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