Small Cool 2010: David's Tech Filled Texas Studio

Teeny Tiny Division #24


Who Lives Here: David
Location: South River City — Austin, Texas
Size: 392 square feet

What is your favorite element of your Small & Cool home? My favorite element in my small, cool home is all the tech. I am an aspiring designer, artist, and photographer, and, my iMac is key for editing images and organizing my life in general. My handy MacBook let's me work on the go or on the couch while watching a Blu-ray film. Last but not least, I love my high efficiency all-in-one washer/dryer combo. It saves me a lot of money in monthly utility bills, and is the quietest washer/dryer I have ever operated. After long day, I can feel confident in doing my laundry and leaving it to run overnight without the whirring sounds and noises waking me up in the middle of the night. When I wake up in the morning, the dry, clean clothes are ready to be put away.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your Small Cool home? Studio apartments each have their unique sets of challenges when it comes to furnishing and inhabiting the space. The biggest challenge for me was to fit all my furniture into the small area and have clearly designated spaces, while avoiding feeling crammed at the same time. I wanted to separate the bedroom space from the living and kitchen area. I was able to hang 4 frames, suspended by chain links above my piano to create a pseudo-wall. As a designer, I enjoy putting my work on display, and these suspended frames were a great way to not only divide up the space, but also showcase some of my photography. Also, placing the couch and dining bar in the center of the room allowed for another implied space divider between the kitchen area and living room space.

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