Kate's Favorite Things

Kate's Favorite Things

Janel Laban
May 13, 2015

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New York, NY
Square Feet:
What I Love About My Small Home:
It's a well curated collection of my favorite things - including the building! I've moved from tiny studio to tiny studio for the past few years, but this is the best place so far: a 1920s Art Deco office tower that has been converted to residential. Perhaps the most unusual element is the trim around the entry door - part of the apartment used to be an elevator shaft, and the elevator door trim is there to prove it!

I really like the L-shaped floorplan for the apartment--even though it's teeny-tiny, I still have distinct areas for sleeping, relaxing, eating and cooking.
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
Choose furniture that's 'light on it's feet', i.e. has legs so that you can see the floor underneath it. It makes the place seem more airy.

Get a piece of pretty storage furniture that could work in any room. For example, I'm short on closet space, and I keep my socks and lingerie in a dresser that's basically in the kitchen. The dresser, though, is an interesting piece of furniture in its own right, so no one is the wiser. (In a small space you can't do quantity, so go for quality!)

Plants can camouflage ugly features. In this apartment my snake plants distract from the heating and air-conditioning unit that would otherwise be the center of the room.
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