Small Cool 2010: Matthew's Small Space with High Ceilings

Small Division # 13


Who Lives Here: Matthew, his partner and their two dogs: a Wheaton terrier and a miniature retriever.
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Size: 989 square feet

What is your favorite element of your Small & Cool home? My favorite part of our apartment is the 13-foot ceilings. We have a ton of large original art and if it were not for finding this apartment, we would have never been able to fit our ever-growing collection. Between the two of us, and the dogs, living in such a small space (with so much furniture) would be a little claustrophobic; but the high ceilings give us the breathing room we need and the elbowroom to feel comfortable.

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Favorite element, continued: I honestly used to cringe when people walked in and commented first on the high ceilings and the marble fireplace (as they’re the two elements we didn’t bring to the party); but after living here for 6 months they have become my favorite too.

What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your Small Cool home? Other then dealing with a 19 by 3 foot powder room, I would have to say the largest challenge was pairing down our lives in order to move here in the first place. Six months ago we moved from a large 4-bedroom house in south Philly to our current 1 bedroom apartment downtown. I’m a med student and thus on a tight budget, therefore we spent a long time collecting, visiting thrift shops, auction houses, and estate sales to find the perfect (and budget friendly) harmony, which reflected our likes and way of living. Moving here allowed us to concentrate our vision and forced us to decide what we really loved and used.

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