Small Cool 2010: Thomas's Larger-Than-Life Broccoli

Teeny Tiny Division #33


Who Lives Here: Thomas
Location: Civic Center — San Francisco, California
Size: 390 square feet

What is your favorite element of your Small & Cool home? Although I'm crazy about the exposed brick, I'd have to say my favorite single element is the larger-than-life broccoli my artist mom painted for me as a gift when I moved into this new dream apartment. It's both quirky and gorgeous, and has that personal touch that reminds me of her every time I look at it. It's also my first piece of larger artwork and helps to keep all the white space of the loft from feeling bare.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your Small Cool home? As for so many others, it was the lack of storage space. There's no closet and only one small set of built-in shelves, plus it's a rental…so I had to create my own improvised storage solutions like building furniture, curtaining off a segment of the loft area, putting hangers on sprinkler pipes, and crafting a custom set of clothing shelves out of foam core.

I think a simple sense of adventure is really the most valuable resource when it comes to designing a space, but visiting sites like Apartment Therapy definitely helps expand your mindset about possibilities and techniques. I think having a hobby of skimming apartment listings also stokes creativity and sensibility, by exercising your imagination as you daydream how you would approach an interesting space.

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