Small Cool 2010: Beth's Peek-a-boo View

Teeny Tiny Division #25


Who Lives Here: Beth
Location: Sausalito, California
Size: 350 square feet

What is your favorite element of your Small & Cool home? The cottage is circa 1930's with this spectacular indoor outdoor sun-bleached vibe. My favorite element is definitely the light. The living room floods with a warm afternoon glow. From the sofa there's a peek-a-boo view of sailboats, blue water and lush, leafy garden which surrounds the property on all sides. The room is super fresh — whites with bold saturated colors splashed about. It has a 'flip-flops on the front porch' ease…my outdoor chandelier flutters and tinks. Being teeny-tiny is never about living small. It's about "making it work". I have a lot Tim Gunn moments.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your Small Cool home? My greatest challenge has been finding storage that serves the dual function of killer design and smart hiding place. I have met this challenge by repurposing two great pieces. For example, my living room has a sliding glass book cabinet which houses books and also cleverly hides my flat screen TV behind a painting. A media/TV cabinet now houses my 'bar'. I switched out the TV and installed a large mirror inside which makes the room feel expansive and elegant. I keep glassware, liquor and candles in view; the drawers hide media cords, papers and entertaining items best kept out of sight. The doors get closed when I am focusing on work, but open to relax and chill out.
West Elm, Apartment Therapy, Lonnie Mag, my old Domino mag, and the ever multiplying design blogs have all helped with the hunt and peck for my ideal pieces — that and my "stealth tape measure", which gets creds too! Seeing furniture in context is super helpful to my process, so the house tours and web blogs rule my design library.

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