Zoe's "Dream Studio"

Zoe's "Dream Studio"

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Name:
Zoe
Location:
Mill Valley, CA
Square Feet:
231
Division:
Teeny-Tiny
What I Love About My Small Home:
When I first moved to the Bay Area, I lived with my sister and brother-in-law on a misty piece of land bordering the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Confronted by the untenable cost of Bay Area rent and presented with the exciting news there was a niece on the way, I set to converting a small existing structure on the far edge of their property. I designed my 231 sq ft dream studio and have enjoyed choosing every element. I wanted my home to feature a large painting that I made, so I drafted the wall behind my bed to be it’s exact width. I love entertaining, so I created a backyard space that doubles my living area, with a deck, fire pit and hammock. Between the bountiful natural light, high ceilings, white walls and tucked-away storage, I never feel cramped in my technically teeny tiny home. My niece Mabel is now 3 and my nephew Abram is 1. Living in my studio enables me to be a big part of their lives, yet have my own space, secluded in a forested corner of their property.
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
1. Who you know: Infusing your spot with lovely things given or made, makes it infinitely more meaningful. My mom wove the hooked wall hanging, my interior designer friend drew the layout of my “living room,” and I am lucky to live in a place bursting with blooms I'm encouraged to pick. 2. Clear Highway Out: There is always a box or bag in my trunk destined for donation. If I notice I’m not using X, or that Y is getting old, it goes straight to the trunk with little hemming and hawing. Having a clear highway out is key. 3. Take your sweet time: You’ve only got so much floor, wall, and storage space. No need to fill it up quickly with crap. I believe in investing in well-made and perfect items that you love. I searched for the perfect chair (both in style and price) for about eight months. Coworkers couldn’t believe I was still browsing the web for chairs during my lunch break, eight months after I asked their opinions on the first ones I found. Revel in the treasure hunt!
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