Small Cool 2010: Julia & Jeff's Tiny Budget

Teeny Tiny Division #12


Who Lives Here: Julia & Jeff
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Size: 380 square feet

What is your favorite element of your Small & Cool home? It reflects us. It's not super stylish, but neither are we. We found room for all our hobbies. Jeff's nine musical instruments all have homes, mostly on the walls. I have wine fermenting under the kitchen sink. I made a lot of the art on our walls. This is our first apartment, so it was really exciting to have a space that was really ours.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your Small Cool home? Our tiny budget! I think we've spent about $200 total on fixing the place up — furniture, paint, flowerpots, everything. So I've spent a lot of time trying to tailor the slipcover to the sofa, glue the chairs back together, etc. Jeff made our bed out of oak from his dad's basement and put shelves in one of the closets so we didn't need a dresser. We're both handy in various ways, which definitely helps us make the most of what we have. Most of the furniture is hand-me-down or rescued from the trash.

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