Miki's Quirky, Colorful Space
Name: Miki Carter
Size: 700 square feet
Home type: Bungalow on a shared lot
Location: Los Angeles, CA
What you're looking at:This is the room where we spend most of our time (feat. ugly wall AC to keep us humble). Can you believe two adults and one dog can fit comfortably on this secondhand couch? No? That's because... we can't, but it's always a cute moment when we try! (Image credit: Miki Carter)
This is the room where we spend most of our time (feat. ugly wall AC to keep us humble). Can you believe two adults and one dog can fit comfortably on this secondhand couch? No? That's because... we can't, but it's always a cute moment when we try!
Our large furry chicken nugget is back again to model the mudroom/dining room/entryway/bar. My talented friend Jessie made the beautiful weaving on the left (I asked her to keep it on the loom), and I bought the chihuahua painting from an artist in the park when I briefly lived in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Years lived in: 10 months, rented
Household: My partner Sam and our dog Boomer :)
Have any design professionals worked on this space? No
Do you currently live in your Small/Cool space full-time? Yes
Describe your space:
This is the first place I've ever lived with a significant other. It has been a challenge combining our styles (I think it's pretty clear who won that fight!), but I'm happy with the results so far. I think our home is special because even though we rent, we continually put in the effort to make it feel like our own.
Did you DIY anything in your space? And, if so, what's your favorite DIY?
My favorite DIYs are all of the light fixtures. It's surprisingly easy to do, and I can put the old fixture back up when we move out.
How do you make your small space work for you and feel bigger than it really is?
Living in a small space has forced me to consolidate. I don't have any special hack other than only keeping furniture/decor that I actually need. For example, we have two chairs and a small table because we rarely throw dinner parties (my ratio is one good meal to every five bad meals). We have one set of bedding because after we wash it, we immediately put it back on the bed.
How does your home reflect you?
I have a loose rule that any item of decor must have function and/or meaning. All of the art in our home is related to our interests, friends, family, or heritage.