Small Cool 2010: Maria 's Pockets

International Division #20


Who Lives Here: Maria + 1
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Size: 699 square feet

What is your favorite element of your Small & Cool home? The high ceilings are great and the small balcony allows me to have a nice breeze when the weather is good (fairly often in sunny Barcelona). I also love the white mirror and the small rounded chest of drawers in the foyer, but the not so cool IKEA sofa in the living room is the cheapest and comfiest lounge I’ve ever had! Besides, the location is grand: nearby shopping, restaurants and bars, 20 minutes from the beach.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your Small Cool home? The place is pretty old (built in 1851) and mostly still original so it has great character, but it also had many issues and a difficult landlady when I moved in. I painted the whole place, fixed the electrical system, changed the floors and furnished the place on a tight budget — but my biggest challenge was the kitchen. While I love open spaces I’m stuck with a outdated closed kitchen and a spare room I hardly use. I removed the kitchen doors and found a big comfy sofa that fit perfectly in the tiny living room, but I miss having more space. Smallest coolest is one of my favorite resources — I spend hours looking at your site! 20 Casas magazine, Design Sponge are also great and IKEA, Zara Home, Natura, Vinçon and Habitat always come in handy and Biosca & Botey has the best lamps in town!

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