Small Cool 2010: Erica's Layered Light

Small Cool 2010: Erica's Layered Light

Aaron Able
Apr 21, 2010


Who Lives Here: Erica + husband + basset hound, Oliver
Location: Park Slope — Brooklyn, NYC
Size: 690 square feet

What is your favorite element of your Small & Cool home? Definitely our kitchen! Our cabinets go up to the ceiling, and we have more storage than we know what to do with (ok, don't hate me, but I actually have some EMPTY space in a few of them). I also love that because we are in an old building, the apartment was laid out for function; therefore, almost every inch of our place is usable space.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your Small Cool home? Our apartment faces our building's courtyard, so we don't have a ton of light coming in through our windows. We decided to paint our floors white to bring in some additional lightness, and I'm so glad we did! We also used 3 different shades of white paint (wall, ceiling, trim) to layer the light feeling. Because we are in a small space, we also made virtually every furniture and decor decision with storage in mind. We have one large walk-in-closet in our bedroom, but we knew that that would not be enough for us, so we converted that closet into a utility closet (installed IKEA Billy bookcases for quasi "custom" shelving) and then put Pax Wardrobes all along our bedroom wall. I love that they almost look built-in and again, we have so much space there for all of our clothes. The banquette in our breakfast nook (ordered from Ballard Designs and covered in one of their chocolate velvet fabrics) also has storage underneath the seats in each bench! We added custom shelving to our front coat closet, as well as a little broom closet in our kitchen, and we have tons of space in the white wall unit in our living room. Truth be told: I've never lived in an NYC apt with so much storage space and I gotta admit: it pretty much rules.

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