Small Cool 2010: Vickiann's Dramatic Color

Little Division #7


Who Lives Here: Vickiann Location: Brightwaters, New York Size: 650 square feet

What is your favorite element of your Small & Cool home? If I'm allowed to say color as a whole, then that's it. I love bold color! I could never live in a white space. Even though I rent, it's worth losing my deposit over. I think the orange in my living room is my favorite, but I recently painted the ceiling in my bedroom navy blue so I'm in love with that right now. (Yeah, I'm definitely losing my deposit!)

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your Small Cool home? I know this is not a unique challenge, but storage is a big issue in my small home. In order to accommodate necessary storage pieces (hiding places for my stuff!) without filling up the space too quickly, I started with smaller scale furniture. My main seating area in the living room consists of a love seat and chair — no sofa. My dining table is also very small. This left room to have a lot of storage furniture. My TV is in an armoire with doors to hide the electronics and drawers beneath and it's caddy cornered so I can hide things behind. I have a chest of drawers in my living room that I salvaged from the trash and refinished giving me 5 more drawers of storage. Various benches, trunks and ottomans all have hidden storage. It's amazing how many nooks and crannies you can find to put things in when you look. If everything has a home, even a busy space like mine doesn't look so cluttered. My favorite sources are TJ Maxx and Marshall's for just about everything. I also like thrift stores for unique furniture.
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