Small Cool Extra: Taylor's Colorful College Nest

We thought this was a great entry, despite it not being eligible as a "home", and wanted to share it. Thanks, Taylor!

Name: Taylor
Location: Vassar College, NJ
Size: 70 sf
Rent/Own: Rent!

What is the advantage of SMALL? It forces you out of clutter. For me, I think small is better because you have the opportunity to really find your own style, find what things you can't live without, and it forces you to be clean. In a small space, when you have too much going on, it can look cramped. So for me, living in a small room helps to find simplicity...

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What's your favorite resource for your home?

Besides the wonderful furniture Vassar has supplied me with, most of my things come from Flea Markets in New Hope, Antique stores all over New Jersey, and various things from Anthropologie (but my sister works there, so I get a discount). Besides that, I like creating a lot of projects, such as the way I created a display for my photographs by hanging them on a clothes line across my ceiling.

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home?

My favorite element in my room are all of the little clusters I have displayed. On my desk, I have these three great antique jars that hold my pens, pencils, and rulers. Then on my dresser, I have all my real simple magazines stacked and on top I have some of my favorite pictures and this great mini sculpture that says "relax." I just like taking my favorite things and making little displays with them around my room.

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