Small Cool 2010: Elizabeth's High Rise View

Small Cool 2010: Elizabeth's High Rise View

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Janel Laban
Apr 20, 2010


Who Lives Here: Elizabeth, her husband and their cat
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Size: 850 square feet

What is your favorite element of your Small & Cool home? We really enjoy our view of the lake and the city. It makes our small condo seem much larger and we like the stark contrast of living in an urban high-rise and yet being so close to nature. We have tried to integrate our decorating with this view by using similar colors and a combination of natural and artistic elements.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your Small Cool home? I have inherited a lot of pieces of furniture and home goods from my family in Kentucky. Additionally, my husband is a bit of a collector and we've picked up some interesting pieces from the places we've lived and our travels. However, our place is small and we actually prefer a more minimalist design. Our challenge has been to integrate these pieces we love into a unified style that isn't too chaotic. Our solution has been to alter pieces where necessary (e.g. painting my great grandmother's bedroom suite), to choose carefully which pieces to keep, and to continually edit (and donate).

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