Small Cool 2010: Meredith's Well Considered Space

Tiny Division # 3


Who Lives Here: Meredith and one person-sized dog (her Great Dane, Jersey)
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Size: 575 square feet

What is your favorite element of your Small & Cool home? Hmmm. Probably the re-purposed hutch, which I had wired for cable and turned into a built-in entertainment center. I love that it took on a whole new, 21st century function--which I can hide entirely when not in use!

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your Small Cool home? The space is long and narrow and was definitely set up for "specific" functions--living in front, dining in back, etc.--so arranging it in a way that suited my lifestyle took some re-thinking. I axed the idea of a formal dining room and opted to set up my living space at the back of the condo. My big dresser wouldn't fit in the bedroom, so it took on a new life as a buffet piece in the entry way (and is still filled with my clothes).

My mom was probably my biggest resource throughout the process--we spent a lot of time shopping, sourcing, and throwing around ideas. While she didn't buy in to all of them at the time, she was a great help in talking things through until they made sense in my own head!

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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.