Small Cool 2009: Sparkle's Cured Space

Teeny-Tiny Division #26

Who Lives Here: One: Myself (and a cat named Peppermint) Location: Los Angeles, California Size: 280 square feet

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home? My most favorite part of my home is the kitchen. I'm a foodie and I love to cook, so having a quality kitchen is important to me. I was really lucky to find such a small space with a separate, generously sized, and well laid-out kitchen. While it might seem unnecessary to some people to have quite a large portion of a small home dedicated solely to the kitchen area, for me it's absolutely perfect.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your small home? My biggest challenge was the most common challenge of teeny-tiny homes: storage. The bathroom had an under-the-sink cabinet and nothing more. There's one wardrobe with a really deep and awkward cabinet at the very top and not a single closet. The only real solution, after purging anything unnecessary, was to get creative. In the bathroom, a tall, narrow shelf tucked in the corner acts as my "medicine cabinet" and a shelf mounted above the door holds extra towels and linens. The 6" space behind the kitchen door became the cleaning storage "closet" and I hung the swiffer, mop, and ironing board on the back of the door. Any small items that aren't particularly pretty to look at and have to be stored out in the open got organized into simple boxes or unique containers & tins. The ottoman at my desk also pulls triple duty, acting as a seat, storage and coffee table.
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