Small Cool 2010: Jose's Sheer Smallness

Teeny Tiny Division #10


Who Lives Here: Jose
Location: East Los Angeles, California
Size: 274 square feet

What is your favorite element of your Small & Cool home? It's sheer smallness. Though the tiny foot print can sometimes make furnishing and decorating a little vexing, in the end, I love how cozy yet airy everything is. Also, ART! I have some on almost every wall of the apartment — most of it is made by me or friends of mine. I treasure it, and it makes me happy, and that’s what a home should be a place to go to and be happy. I like that about my place.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your Small Cool home? Easily the hardest part when you live in such a small space is finding furniture that actually fits, yet still provides all the functions one needs. There's not two ways about it. I can’t just got to any random retailer, pick a piece of furniture and bring It home. It just doesn’t work. I’ve found that patience, creativity, and the gumption to do a little bit of furniture hacking, and pain staking planning (I have a measuring tape in my car at all times) goes a long way to making things work. Craiglist and thrift shops have been an invaluable resource for the odd item that completes a space.

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