Alexis' Unique Details

Alexis' Unique Details

Janel Laban
May 12, 2015

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Washington, DC
Square Feet:
What I Love About My Small Home:
I love the big window that brings in natural light, as well as the unique details like my kitchen backsplash, crown molding, and crystal sconce in my bathroom. I love that having such a small apartment makes me selective about what I bring into it. It took me about two years to fully furnish my apartment, and my favorite pieces are the ones I took the longest to find: my chest of drawers which I purchased from a second-hand furniture store in my neighborhood, and my bar cart which is a re-purposed cabinet I took from my parents' home when they moved and downsized. Because it is such a small space, finding items I really loved didn't feel like an overwhelming job.
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
1. Give your furniture multiple purposes: In small spaces, furniture should serve dual functions when possible. I have a small chest of drawers that doubles as a bookshelf, a cabinet that doubles as a bar cart, and an accent table that doubles as a small dining table. My "nightstand" is a storage ottoman that serves 3 functions: a nightstand, storage, and extra seating when I host friends!

2. Create distinct spaces: My studio is particularly challenging because it's one square room without a separate kitchen. However, I was still able to arrange my furniture carefully to create the feel of distinct living zones. Placing lamps in each separate "area" helps.

3. Reorganize regularly: When I clean out my closets, cabinets, and storage under my bed, I'm amazed at how much extra space I create. After a while, stored items can become very cluttered, so reorganizing and throwing away/donating items you no longer need opens up space to further de-clutter surfaces.
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