Small Cool 2010: Jessica's Dramatic & Beautiful Books

Little Division # 9


Who Lives Here: Jessica, Eli & one brown dog
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Size: 770 square feet

What is your favorite element of your Small & Cool home? We have a lot of books (Jessica is a writer & Eli is a designer). They used to fill seven very different-looking bookcases scattered around the apartment. To minimize the clutter, we decided to use one of our small rooms, a pass-through from the living room to the bedroom, as a library. We took advantage of the high ceilings & splurged on a Rakks system that allows us to have shelves from floor to ceiling without the heaviness of built-ins. Our books are now contained in a dramatic & beautiful way.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your Small Cool home? Our space is long--five rooms in a row. From the front of the apartment, it's possible to see nearly all the way to the back, which poses a challenge in terms of the way color in different rooms relates. So, we've tried to bring color & patterns back throughout. The green of the living room furniture returns in the green of so many plants & the curtains & rug in the bedroom. The kitchen & the library are painted the same spring-green color, while the bedroom & bathroom are painted the same grey-rain color. A tiny office, off of the kitchen, is cyan, which contrasts nicely with all the green in the kitchen. In the bedroom, living room, & kitchen, black-and-white drawings in simple black frames complement, rather than compete with, the color. At some point, we'll paint the tiny hall between the living room & kitchen bright orange to match an Eames chair in the library.

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