Small Cool 2010: Natalie's Alcove Studio

Teeny Tiny Division #2


Who Lives Here: Natalie
Location: San Francisco, California
Size: 285 square feet

What is your favorite element of your Small & Cool home?I absolutely love our bed alcove, which was ultimately why we chose this studio. As soon as I saw it, I pictured a cozy spot to relax in and couldn't wait to get started decorating it. I wanted to create an intimate space and help define it as separate from the living area. I added a multitude of pillows for coziness and heavy curtains to add elegance and also block out the morning light.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your Small Cool home? My biggest challenge in furnishing the space was providing enough seating while not dwarfing the apartment with large pieces. Luckily, I stumbled upon a small telephone bench on a local sidewalk. It fit perfectly in the bay window and all it needed was a new seat and upholstery. I also wanted to find a couch that was proportional to the space, but long enough for my boyfriend to lie down on. I chose a 76" couch from Macy's which ended up being a perfect fit.

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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.