Small Cool 2010: Alexandra's Open Plan

Little Division #19


Who Lives Here: Alexandra + husband
Location: Park Slope — Brooklyn, NYC
Size: 750 square feet

What is your favorite element of your Small & Cool home? When we purchased our pre-war coop in Park Slope, all the rooms felt really small and confined. The first thing we did was knock down a wall between the kitchen and living room and create a bar top/eating space. Doing that made the apartment feel twice as large and allowed so much light to flood around the space. I love my open plan kitchen and living room now and watching my husband cook for me while I have my feet up on the ottoman!

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your Small Cool home? My husband and I moved to our new apartment around 5 months ago from a much smaller space and so we basically needed all new "regular size" furniture. The biggest challenge was agreeing on pieces and decor. I prefer patterns while my husband likes textured solids. We had to compromise on a lot of things and I think the final outcome represents both of our tastes. We decorated with a mix of new and vintage furniture. We got a bunch of pieces from an online mid-century modern dealer, eBay and a thrift store in the neighborhood and mixed in stuff from Crate & Barrel, West Elm and IKEA.

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