Small Cool 2010: Ginger's 'A Little Classic, A Little Quirky'

Tiny Division #26


Who Lives Here: Ginger Location: Nob Hill — San Francisco, California Size: 530 square feet

What is your favorite element of your Small & Cool home? My favorite element in my home is probably the classic design of my living room/parlor. The living room is small but very curvy with lots of detail, which I love. The bay windows and the natural curve of the room provided great inspiration that guided how I shaped and decorated. It led to a lot of design challenges (see below), but it was also a lot of fun fitting furniture into all of the nooks and crannies…

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…For example, in the nook where the Murphy pull out bed used to be located, I was able to put my favorite chair and desk, which doubles as a dining table. I was also able to have lots of fun with color and striping since although the room is small, it has so much shape and dimension. However, the unfortunate thing about living in San Francisco is that no matter how pretty I try to make the room, everyone’s attention goes immediately out the bay windows to the view and the city. *sigh* I just can’t compete!

What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your Small Cool home? The biggest challenge for me was definitely the unique narrow footprint of my home, which is characteristic of these classic San Francisco buildings. All of my rooms are only 8 feet wide, which makes it difficult to find the right furniture and arrange everything so you can still walk around! I could not fit a full sofa in the living room without completely blocking the bay windows and cutting the room in half, so I found a vintage settee on eBay that was the perfect size. The best plan for me has been to do things unconventionally, accept the fact that I couldn’t fit a full sized dining table or sofa or entertainment center or dresser in my place, and then come up with narrower options that would still fulfill the purpose. I think the result is a little classic, a little quirky, which matches my personality and makes it fun.

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