Small Cool 2010: Ryan's Entertaining Space

Small Division # 28


Who Lives Here: Ryan and his boyfriend
Location: Oakland, California
Size: 924 square feet

What is your favorite element of your Small & Cool home? Our eat-in kitchen. We have a restored Wedgewood stove that I love to cook on with a bar-style table for four nearby. It's great to be able to sit down with friends and a bottle of wine just steps away, pan to plate, from where I'm cooking.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your Small Cool home? Storage. I'm a recovering collector of all things kitsch and I often rotate art work (which means I have a lot of it stashed away) and ceramic pieces. We have one small storage closet and because we both hate clutter and nic-nacs, we have had to be very creative about where we stash things. Clutter can break a design. The Container Store has been a great resource for us in finding hooks, shelves and storage boxes than are stylish and tactfully used to hide what we love for later use.

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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.