Small Cool 2010: Kevin's Eclectic Assortment

Little Division # 30


Who Lives Here: Kevin
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Size: 650 square feet

What is your favorite element of your Small & Cool home? The pink walls in the front room "salon." Finding a color that offset the dark furnishings and floor but didn't overpower the space was tricky. To get it just right, I tested it at different times of day and with a variety of lighting in the evening... I know it's not for everyone, but I really can't imagine it any other way at this point. (Oh and, my place is a rental, so I don't want to hear any nonsense about not being able to paint your walls, haha.)

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your Small Cool home? I have a hoarding instinct and can't easily pass up a bargain. With a small space however, I really can only have a few favorite pieces around at any one time. Because of this, I have an eclectic assortment of unique items (ahem, the chandelier...) which when combined actually makes my space appear larger than it is.

As for resources, I mostly just page through magazines (Nest, World of Interiors especially) and go with what feels right for me. Above all else, I hope my apartment counters the idea that all homes need to have certain "standard" elements in order to be considered well designed. In my opinion, style and taste aren't about following a set of prescribed rules but rather about expressing yourself in the best way you can. Stand out and have fun, that's my motto.

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.