Small Cool 2010: Michael's Vintage Features

Small Division #14


Who Lives Here: Michael and his cat, Berkeley
Location: Traverse City, Michigan
Size: 818 square feet

What is your favorite element of your Small & Cool home? I am in love with the vintage features and solid construction of my 1942 cottage home. Plaster walls, wood floors, elegant arches and great windows.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your Small Cool home? My biggest challenge in furnishing my home was editing. All of the rooms (except the living room) are small, and I had to play around with furniture placement to achieve the cozy feel I wanted without the space feeling cluttered. Another challenge was the lack of a dining room. So I've made 2 distinct eating spaces: one in the kitchen and another at one end of my living room. They both only seat up to 3 people, but I like to fancy it as my own cottage cafe.

My best sources are flea markets, eBay and local antique stores.

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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.