Small Cool 2010: Lesley's 'Less Is More'

Tiny Division #28


Who Lives Here: Lesley + dog Cooper
Location: Cape Cod — Eastham, Massachusetts
Size: 550 square feet

What is your favorite element of your Small & Cool home? One favorite element: shower space. When concepting the shower space for the cottage — there are two: indoor and outdoor — I had two goals: keep an open feeling (no door) and maximize the ability to see the landscape. The result? Goals achieved; the indoor shower has a beautiful window at one end that looks out on the backyard and neither shower has a door or full height walls so, even though each of the spaces are small you don't feel confined. Of course, it took me 6 months to take a shower indoors.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your Small Cool home? With any small space you have to downsize the scale of everything and think creatively. As I began to think about the furnishings of the cottage I started with one main piece for each of the rooms. For example, a bed in the bedroom. Seems obvious, but the bedrooms are really just big enough for a bed and a night stand. Which leaves you with the problem: where to put your clothes? Instead of a traditional headboard I purchased a platform bed that has storage space in the form of baskets which I now use to keep my clothes in. For resources I used many design blogs, the local library for use of their design books and I pulled out my folder of 'small space' tear sheets I have collected over the years. I also had a mantra for decorating: Less IS More.

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