Small Cool 2010: Colin's Patience for Quality

Small Cool 2010: Colin's Patience for Quality

Aaron Able
Apr 8, 2010


Who Lives Here: Colin + 1 + 2 dogs
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Size: 888 square feet

What is your favorite element of your Small & Cool home? Has to be the floors. Bought the house almost exclusively for the glory of that polished concrete, so cool in the desert heat. My agent ceremoniously handed me the keys to my first home when Buckley (mutt #1) stormed in and demonstrated concrete's real value by way of the most foul "accident" my dog-loving wife and I had ever experienced. So yeah, hurray for concrete flooring.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your Small Cool home? Money! Craigslist was an absolute life-saver. Quality furniture lasts and with every score came a great story and big savings: a restaurant designer bought too many Bertoias, the sofa was used for staging a house (half price, original tags still attached), a vintage, dovetail, walnut dresser rescued from some guy's garage. We bought art from friends and students, made furniture we couldn't find, hacked IKEA, braved mountain-town flea markets…basically we got creative and stayed patient. One piece at a time we replaced the IKEA (always recouping some costs by reselling on Craigslist), watched for clearance sales and, of course, read Apartment Therapy.

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