Small Cool 2010: Rebecca's Design on a Budget

Tiny Division #16


Who Lives Here: Rebecca
Location: Williamsburg — Brooklyn, NYC
Size: 555 square feet

What is your favorite element of your Small & Cool home? My favorite element would have to be my dining area. I'm probably the last person to find out about Herman Miller, but I just fell in love with the clean lines and versatility of the 36" round table and the Eames chairs. The tall mirror and shiny sideboard are probably my favorite IKEA purchases and give this area of the living space a center and a bit of bling, while adding height and depth to the area. Also, I designed the rug out of FLOR tiles, the orange with the purple boarder reminds me of my childhood for some reason.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your Small Cool home? I would have to say the biggest challenge has been my budget. There are so many things that I have wanted to do with this new condo, but I have really had to plan it out, do a lot of research both internet and on foot, and reign myself in. Because my budget has been small, I really got to be creative about mixing in more expensive items with IKEA, vintage store purchases, and eBay purchases. There is a great "prop" store not too far from my apartment where I spent hours to find a really inexpensive dresser, side table, and lamp which I was happy to mix in with my new purchases. Designing on a budget has also introduced me to painting, and while it can be a lot of work, it makes the apartment seem so much more warm and finished than the original wall color.

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