Kate's High-Functioning Space

Kate's High-Functioning Space

Nancy Mitchell
Apr 6, 2012

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New York, NY
Square Feet:
What I Love About My Small Home:
Nate and I were hesitant to move into a tiny apartment. He was leaving a roomy loft in North Carolina for my home base in NYC, and I had my heart set on a Lab rescue named George, whose food bin outsized the fridge. But my gut told me the 1911 townhouse with a fireplace and original floors could squeeze us in.

We fit the world in our petite retreat. Carefully curated pieces collected on our journeys pepper our apartment with memories, like the antique Berber door we lugged back from Morocco that anchors the living room.

Family keepsakes balance our far-flung finds. Nathan’s beloved grandma’s lucky horseshoe props up our drafty window. My dad’s bronze andirons add glamour to the rustic fireplace. A trunk salvaged from an estate sale acts as our coffee table and linen storage. Its shipping tags are from 1935—Elvis’s birth year!
Biggest Challenge of Living in a Small Space:
I wanted a high-functioning livable space — a challenge at 348 ft²! We manage to keep the place feeling fresh by editing, avoiding clutter by allocating a single wall for photos, bold statement pieces, and calming gray paint. Nathan’s special request before moving in was a big couch he could comfortably stretch out on; initially I worried that it would overwhelm the room, but it grounds our place. It all worked out, especially for George, since oftentimes that’s where he hangs!
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