East #13: Kayla's Hall of Blues

East #13: Kayla's Hall of Blues

Maxwell Ryan
Apr 9, 2008

Name: Kayla
Location: Cambridge, MA
Size: 400 sf
Rent/Own: Rent

What is the advantage of SMALL? I have all the space I need; I have less space to fill which means I can invest more into fewer pieces that I truly love; I can play with scale (like the super light four-poster bed inside the small bedroom); It gives me a reason to stay creative and use my little space wisely (like the floor-to-ceiling shelves combining books and storage with my art)....

What is the advantage of SMALL? CONT'D

Overall, I think design, when created with small footprints in mind, is more innovative and, as a designer, more enjoyable – the greater the constraints, the greater the result...

What's your favorite resource for your home?

Etsy, Three Potato Four and the basement trash room. I found my little mid-century side table (in perfect condition) in my building's trash corner! There's no telling what gems some people want to get rid of.

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home?

My reading corner – the Eames rocker provides the coziest spot during the day, in the light of the window, or at night, when lit from below by the neighboring Light Cube. I love the juxtaposition of the smooth shell rocker with the jagged puzzle pillow, the furry sheepskin and the rich linen and velvet curtains all against the old silver radiator. It all makes the corner just as lovely to look at from the couch as it is to sit in.

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