Small Cool 2010: Nicole's Vintage Beauty

Teeny Tiny Division # 4


Who Lives Here: Nicole
Location: Los Angeles, California
Size: 333 square feet

What is your favorite element of your Small & Cool home?There are a few elements I love about my place, but I would have to say my walk-in closet honestly! There are so many beautiful, vintage buildings here in LA that have gorgeous little apartments, but they tend to seriously lack in the closet space department. That pretty much sold me on this place because with only a tiny room to live in and try to keep functional storage is always a challenge. Even with my walk-in my shoes have still spilled over into the built-in vanity area, also a favorite element!

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your Small Cool home? My biggest challenge was the layout! I was coming from a larger apartment and I also saw this apartment while it was still furnished by the previous tenant, who had done a very nice job but was a single guy with a very minimalist style and small scale furniture items. Me, not so much! So once I got all of my furniture in there it took me a while to make it all work. I also had a few things to still buy such as my desk, which was a bit of a risk because it's a very large desk that could be tricky in such a tight room, but I really wanted that desk so I made it work! I just measured everything and took my time when it came to buying new things. It took well over a year before it all came together satisfactorily, and there are still a few things I have on my list to add, when I find the right pieces. I also got rid of things from my old place that did not work for my new place. My most helpful resources are flea markets, Craigslist, Target and Ikea of course!

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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.

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