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Boston, MA
Square Feet:
What I Love About My Small Home:
I remember falling in love with this apartment almost instantly as I walked through the doors. It was the windows really: four big windows letting in swathes of gorgeous afternoon sun light. In fact, my favorite thing to do really is to sit under my counter and look at the apartment, taking in the play of light on my turquoise walls. I love that despite being such a small apartment, there’s a proportional division of space between the kitchen, living area, and bedroom without making it look too closed off. It’s also rather quirky in that the walls are uneven and the ceiling is a little crooked, which though made structural changes really difficult, makes it that much more unique. Yet its biggest selling point is really the location. I’m within walking distance to downtown, close to Whole Foods and a whole bunch of restaurants and coffee shops, the cinema and art museum, all whilst surrounded by a whole lot of green!
Biggest Challenge of Living in a Small Space:
Apartment hunting was tough in Boston simply because I really could only afford a studio, but I also wanted adequate separation in my living space. The apartment also had awkward walls when I bought it that made the space seem a lot smaller than it really was. Instead, I had the walls broken down as much as possible and put up frosted sliding doors instead. Now I can have the doors open to make it look bigger, but can close it off as well when I’m entertaining and want people off the bed. The frosted glass also makes the space look bigger, allowing light to come through. In the dressing room, I broke down two separate closets into one, installing sliding mirror doors that further added to the open feel.
There’s also limited wall space, which is tough given that I’m always on the look-out for quirky art pieces. I didn’t want to use all the wall space to maintain the open feel. Instead, I put in picture ledges so I can keep changing the art I put up!
If I am the Grand Prize winner of Small Cool, the item(s) or project(s) from my home design wishlist that I'd like to spend my winnings on are::
The one thing I haven’t addressed in my apartment yet is lighting. I would like to get rid of the old fans and lights, and maybe put in a row of spotlights. The central light also makes it hard to read at night in the living room, so maybe a nice couch side reading lamp would do well. I would also like to put in more seating. Right now we use the floor cushions for added seating, but I would like something a little more comfortable.

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