Small Cool 2010: Jeremy's Elegant Efficiency

Small Cool 2010: Jeremy's Elegant Efficiency

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Janel Laban
Apr 12, 2010


Who Lives Here: Jeremy
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Size: 415 square feet

What is your favorite element of your Small & Cool home? Living in a pre-war "efficiency" with the high ceilings and formal layout juxtaposed with the modern amenities and elements truly embrace the classical moderne style that I love.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your Small Cool home? Utlizing every moment; every inch. To design a small living quarters you must first live there for more then just a few months before a color can be chosen or latest trend indulged. Larger spaces have more ability to indulge in the current trends and for that trend to have its small area where it can acknowledge and easily forgotten. However, living in a small space makes you dig deeper and self discover what is LOVED vs. what is "liked."

In a small space you begin to understand what you love because it maybe/or represent imagination and inspiration which allows for you to be creative and in two years (or twenty) you have evolved because of the inspiration it has given you. Is it fleeting like a trend or does it take you to your private space that only allows for your most intimate thoughts to be rediscovered? Color as well. In a small dwelling imagine living in (master suite) bedroom. If all you had was a bedroom would you be so quick to just pick a yellow? Or would you pick every yellow swatch at home depot and pin them up and live with the yellow for 6 months before you actually painted. Living in a small space helps devoid the american abundance problem and self indulgence in home design is on a restraint.

For me nature takes hold of my most fondest childhood memories. The most peaceful and quiet times were found there; going to camp every summer with my father for a week and discovering everything from carving wood to staring at the wolf spider for hours- these were my most inquisitive years. This idea juxtaposed with the idea that the finest luxury always revolves around nature as well- nature is one thing man cannot replicate- therefore I try to bring that authenticity that is found in luxury and the whimsy found in my childhood.

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