Small Cool 2010: Andrew's Exaggerated Proportions

Little Division #17


Who Lives Here: Andrew + 1 + cat Location: Williamsburg — Brooklyn, NYC Size: 700 square feet

What is your favorite element of your Small & Cool home? Our favorite element in our small, cool home is the the airy and open layout of the apartment. The absence of a door between the living area and bedroom provides a very different flow to the whole apartment. Additionally, the very high ceilings, and a whole wall of 10 foot windows, make our overall space feel significantly larger than the compact 700 square feet it actually is. The exaggeration of proportions helps make our overall space feel very loft-like. In order to maintain this, we have retained the clean, white walls and added significant pops of color, artwork, and accessories throughout.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your Small Cool home? One of the biggest challenges we faced was the utilization of physical space, especially in terms of storage. Despite our apartment being a new build, we only had 2 closets, one of which is in the bedroom. Therefore, we had to to be clever in respect to maximizing our main, living area closet. When we bought the apartment, this space had been designated as a coat closet, But, that didn't suit our needs, especially in such a small space where we were both adamant that our television set should not be on permanent display. We also wanted to ensure the remainder of our apartment wasn't cluttered with additional storage units for our books, CDs, paperwork, etc. So, we designed a closet conversion that would turn a badly utilized space into a multi-functional media center, storage unit, bookcase, and pull-out office space. We love its functionality, simplicity, and the fact we can hide everything when necessary.
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