Small Cool 2010: Anu's Creative Freedom

Tiny Division # 8


Who Lives Here: Anu
Location: Clayton, Missouri
Size: 593 square feet

What is your favorite element of your Small & Cool home? I love my kitchen. Although I rarely cook because I eat at the restaurant where I work, I think it's really nice to have such a large kitchen in a one- bedroom apartment. The kitchen in my previous studio apartment was a lot smaller.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your Small Cool home? Larger space gives me more creative freedom but it also requires more money, It was a bit challenging at first to find items that I want without breaking the bank. But with a little bit of research and patience, I did overcome the obstacle eventually. Most of the decorative accessories in my apartment came from flea markets and bargain stores like Target and Home Goods. Some items I got off of craigslists at unbelievable price like $100 chinese chippendale chair in the living room. Even the wallpaper throughout the whole apartment costs less than $250.

I find the internet and local library to be the most helpful for my decorating hobby. Another resource I think is very helpful is the sales associates at hardware stores for my DIY projects. Ever since I started this decorating obsession a few years back, I have always been on the look out for good stuff and enjoyed the process of bargain hunting along the way. It has been great fun.

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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.