Small Cool 2010: Amy's Bed Nook

Tiny Division # 27


Who Lives Here: Amy (and her plants)
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Size: 460 square feet

What is your favorite element of your Small & Cool home? Despite its size, I secretly love my tiny bed nook. I downsized to a twin bed that fits into one half of my long closet. I used to want my bed in a closet when I was young and it still holds the appeal of a secret hiding- space. Even though it is a studio, the sleeping space is separated from the larger room, which is key for me.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your Small Cool home? I began with an abundance of objects to display and limited places to put everything. With one large open space, I needed to divide it up for different uses, without feeling confined or cluttered. I utilized two book shelves with open compartments that worked to separate the space while still allowing the sunlight to shine through and gave me ample room to exhibit my books, pottery, plants, and bric-a-brac. Most of the furnishings in my apartment moved with me from Seattle where I lived two blocks from the best thrift store ever. Yard sales were also a fantastic resource.

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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.