Small Space Living on Girls

The HBO series Girls, currently in its first season, has garnered much media attention in the form of both criticism and praise, but for all that occurred in last week's episode, what stood out for me was when we got to visit the character Adam's apartment.

Much like the 2010 film Tiny Furniture, also written and created by Lena Dunham, the interiors tell a story about the emotional lives of the characters who reside in them. As in real life, getting a glimpse into someone's home is interesting on two levels. It is a chance to see an outward reflection of their state of mind, but also on a more practical level, it is perhaps equally as interesting as a way to be inspired for our own home design.

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Living in a tiny studio apartment, the character Adam, who has been known to build furniture in the story of the show, gets to show off his handiwork to his onscreen girlfriend who visits him at home for the first time. Regardless of what the modular dwelling says about his character's internal state of mind (and in its exaggerated way it says quite a bit in pretty obvious terms) it is a very efficient and inspiring use a very small space that can be appreciated, if even with a bit of humor, by anyone who has lived in a cramped city studio.

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(Images: Screen Shots from the HBO Series, Girls)

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