Small Cool 2010: Janean's Courtyard View

Little Division # 36


Who Lives Here: Janean, Kyle and Pam, their "cute but crazy" cat
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Size: 664 square feet

What is your favorite element of your Small & Cool home? The floor to ceiling windows. On one side of our apartment, they overlook the courtyard, and, in the spring and summer, ivy grows over the screens, softly filtering the incoming light. For a traditional apartment with doors on each of the rooms, our space feels open and bright during the day and cozy during the evening hours. French doors separate the living room and bedroom and transom windows top each of the doors, allowing for light and air to circulate freely.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your Small Cool home? Our apartment is located in a nearly century-old building with 12 inch-thick masonry walls. Although this certainly adds to the charm and character of our apartment, it makes hanging artwork and anchoring shelves seemingly impossible. But, because we're renters and couldn't paint, blank walls were simply not an option. Plus, in such a small space, we really counted on the walls for storage and display. (Where else could we put Kyle's burgeoning banjo and guitar collection?) After moving in, we finally managed to get a hold of a concrete drill (thanks Dad!) and the rest is history!

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.