Small Cool 2010: Matt & Jac's Live/Work Space for 2

International Division # 14


Who Lives Here: Matt & Jac
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Size: 630 square feet

What is your favorite element of your Small & Cool home? The 100-year old building with its high ceilings, 12" deep window ledges, big south-facing windows, plaster walls, and maple floors. (...also the fact that it's only $425 a month.)

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your Small Cool home? Creating a multi-functional live/work space on a tight budget! We are both freelancers who work from home, love to entertain, cook, and have no other off-site storage to put seasonal things like our Christmas tree and camping gear. We designed and built the bar in the living room for a previous kitchen that needed an island, adding the wine rack later. Now it serves as a work surface, stores serving dishes, hides a modem and wireless router, and acts as a buffet table.

We share garden boxes that our neighbors built beside the building. With more produce we needed more counter space (hope to try canning this year!) so we added 5 lineal feet of counter across from the cabinets, which also serves as a breakfast spot and much-needed landing strip near the main outside entry.
We also don't have a TV so we use Matt's big computer monitor and roll it out on a desk with wheels for movie night. (Audio is wireless to the speakers above the bar.)

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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.