Who Lives Here: Eden and Belvedere, the cat
Location: Portland, Oregon
Size: 322 square feet
What is your favorite element of your Small & Cool home? My favorite apartment feature is the art deco details of the 1927 building that have been maintained. The arched hallway, the glass doorknobs, and the completely white walls/molding were great starting points for decorating.
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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your Small Cool home? Living in such a small space requires that I embrace compromise and decide what really matters. I could only afford a studio, but was determined to keep the space from feeling like an all-purpose dorm room. The kitchen did have a small space intended for a kitchen table, but I decided to put my bed in the kitchen so that the main room could be a dedicated living room space. A bit odd, but it works. The "bedroom wall" is a bookshelf in the kitchen that holds my cookbooks, cooking tools and pantry items. My ridiculously large book collection had to come with me, and it's been really hard to keep them from overwhelming such a small space. I've managed that problem by confining them to three big bookshelves and (hopefully eye-pleasingly) packing them in there.
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