Small Cool 2010: Stacey's Awesome Thrifted Finds

Small Cool 2010: Stacey's Awesome Thrifted Finds

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Janel Laban
Apr 22, 2010


Who Lives Here: Stacey, John and their Cairn Terrier, Laz
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Size: 787 square feet

What is your favorite element of your Small & Cool home? My favorite elements are the original steel kitchen cabinets that our landlords chose to keep (stripped of paint and given a brushed finish), the cantilevered window-turned-plant shelf that my husband and I rigged over the couch, and my dining room (and kitchen) curtains (awesome thrifted finds, re-worked a bit). Oh, and the light (2nd floor apartments have some advantages!) and colors (some inherited, some our own)!

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your Small Cool home? One of the biggest challenges has been making a 27" wide kitchen work! We added wooden crates and boxes to disguise open shelves I'm not crazy about, keeping everything contained, but in reach so you can stand in one place and cook. We've tried to use other free standing pieces in a way that works to make more space out of unused areas instead of simply adding bulky space-eating storage pieces. In our long, narrow apartment, that meant a bookcase with doors on top of the fridge, a tall narrow cabinet b/w the toilet and sink, a dresser in a closet, and a bookshelf set into the bathroom windowframe. Blogs, thrift stores, and estate sales top my best resources list.

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