Small Cool 2010: Theresa's Light & Thrifty

Tiny Division # 11


Who Lives Here: Theresa
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Size: 525 square feet

What is your favorite element of your Small & Cool home? I really enjoy the bay windows and the natural light in my home. I’m also a big fan of the walls! I know that sounds funny but my previous apartment had wood paneling and low angled ceilings because it was the top level (think attic) of a coach house. Lastly, I’m proud of the fact that I’ve been able to furnish the majority of my apartment on a thrifty budget including hand me downs, craigslist, garage/estate sale and thrift store finds.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your Small Cool home? I have a long and narrow bedroom that allowed for more creativity than just a bed and a dresser. I was able to make it a multi-purpose room and sectioned off a sleeping area, a reading/hang out area and an office. Storage has been a little difficult as well but I’ve been able to remedy that problem by using vintage suitcases. I have 7 of them, 2 under my bed, 3 under the love seat and 2 stacked up in my closet.

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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.