Midwest #22: Blythe's Tiny Treehouse

Midwest #22: Blythe's Tiny Treehouse

Janel Laban
Apr 22, 2008

Name: Blythe
Location: Chicago
Size: 308 sf
Rent/Own: Rent

What is the advantage of SMALL? In this age of sprawling McMansions, a home that meets ones needs in a single small space is refreshing. My studio reminds me of the elaborate bedroom forts of my childhood, where I would sneak books and read all night, imagining myself in Neverland. In that tiny space, I had all I needed. Now, in my first apartment to myself, little has changed. My home feels like a cozy cave, lined with leaves, books, and whimsical artwork. Every possible storage space is employed to advantage. The furniture is tightly arranged to create different "rooms". And I still have all I need.

What's your favorite resource for your home?

I don't know what I would do without flea markets, antique malls & ebay. Ikea is all well and good for basics, especially when you're 22 and on a super tight budget, but vintage pieces add a sense of character and charm to a space that can't be replicated in the factory.

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

I love my built-in kitchen and bathroom storage! It's still a stretch to make everything fit, but after the horrors of dorm living, I can never again take for granted having a place to hide my laundry detergent. Clearing a space of clutter is key to making a small apartment seem much larger than it really is.

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