Small Cool 2010: Louise's Cocoon

Teeny Tiny Division #11


Who Lives Here: Louise + 2 shih tzus
Location: Upper West Side — NYC
Size: 345 square feet

What is your favorite element of your Small & Cool home? My canopy bed. It's the perfect high-low piece. It was handmade in New Hampshire of super-thick iron, so it's incredibly heavy. I'm sure it was very expensive — but I found it on Craigslist for $200. I dressed it up with sheer tie-top curtains I found on Overstock.com for $6 a panel. Then I bought the best latex mattress, organic sheets and Thai Silk pillows to dress it up! It's my sanctuary, my cocoon.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your Small Cool home? When I moved back to NYC, I was downsizing from an 1,800 square foot 3 bedroom, 2 bath home in Miami that was filled with incredible furniture, some of which I inherited cool mid-century lamps and bar, antique chairs that I reupholstered and lots of mirrors. My challenge was to create a home with the same chic feel in 345 square feet by choosing the right pieces to ship up here. I took inventory and measurements of every piece of furniture. I drew a floorplan of this apartment and then drew individual pieces of furniture "to scale" then cut them out. That allowed me to move the pieces around to see what fit and where. I chose what I wanted to ship, and put the rest in storage! My bed is the only piece I purchased here!

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