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A Constrained Maximalist Small/Cool Space

Name: Carissa Aragona

Size: 330 sq ft

Home type: Studio/garage conversion

Location: Richmond, Virginia

Years lived in: 1 year, owned

Household: Myself

Have any design professionals worked on this space: No

Describe your space:

I think my space is modish and saturated with a historic sensibility. It really came together naturally because everything I love the most has a similar quality to it. All of the individual elements read the same to me. I don’t really have a vision for this space other than what I’ve already created. I want to be able to focus on other things in life and still come home to a place that makes me feel like me again. This is the smallest, coolest space, because it has met my need to nest and feel secure in a beautiful little pocket during this strangest season.

Did you DIY anything in your space? And, if so, what's your favorite DIY?

My father and I converted this space from an unfinished two-car garage into a tiny, cozy hermit hole. It was very satisfying finding ways to make all of the necessities fit. There is still a functioning garage door on one side. We dropped a soffit over the TV area (in the living space) to allow for it to roll up and down still. I keep all of my garden tools in a tall cubby in the garage area that’s only accessible from the outside when the door is rolled up. My dad is an engineer. He gets all the credit for that one.

What's your favorite product that you bought for your space and where did it come from?

If I’m being honest, it’s my adjustable bed. I knew for the sake of space it would be wise to downsize to a twin bed, which was hard for me to wrap my brain around. I’ve always wanted an adjustable bed because I sleep sitting up, but not because I’m too tall for my bed, à la Thomas Jefferson; I just prefer it. Also, I use a secretary as a bedside table, which works out really well because, when open, it extends far enough to make it easy to reach for your nighttime tea. I‘m really making myself sound old.

What inspires you?

Spaces that hug you. Patterns on top of patterns on top of patterns. Colors that make you feel grounded. The possibility that things could turn out better than you imagine.