Small Cool 2010: Shelbey's Itty Bitty Abode

Tiny Division # 5


Who Lives Here: Shelbey
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Size: 450 square feet

What is your favorite element of your Small & Cool home? My favorite element would have to be my cream-colored dresser--currently in use as a TV stand/bookcase/art catch-all. When I found it, the poor thing was shellacked in a thick coating of yellowish-green stain, giving it a waxy, plasticky look. Add in the bulky, rusted hardware and this thing was in bad shape. I stripped, sanded and refinished it, finally found appropriate hardware, and it's since become my absolute favorite thing--and the item I'm most proud of--in my home.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your Small Cool home? My biggest challenge has been avoiding ending up on an episode of 'Hoarders'. I see vintage, I see antique; I buy. I'm slowly amassing, in my tiny 450 square ft. studio, enough chairs and couches to seat all the Queen's hand maidens. This is assuming they're allowed to sit at all.
When I bought my new (used) couch, I could have found a new home for the 1940's settee that had once been in its place. Instead, I boldly eliminated my closet space, moved the settee, and turned the former closet area into a quaint resting space near the bathroom.
There are just so many wonderful antique shops near by, resistance is futile. I have to sternly remind myself weekly that, no, I do not need to add a fifth chair or a third couch to my itty bitty abode.

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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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