Midwest #9 - Christine & Joel's Thrifty Retreat

Midwest #9 - Christine & Joel's Thrifty Retreat

Janel Laban
Apr 14, 2008

Name: Christine & Joel
Location: Royal Oak, MI
Size: 619 sf
Rent/Own: Rent

What is the advantage of SMALL? Having a smaller apartment forces us to live minimally. Everything that we have must be justified. It is relieving to no longer have all the material baggage that we used to. Things are easier to find, our home is less visually crowded and we experience a greater peace of mind because of it.

What's your favorite resource for your home?

Most of our things are total budget finds. Thrift stores, Craig's List, rummage sales and garage sales are where we get most of our finds. Finding everything for our home was like treasure hunting. Most of our artwork was either given to us by our family and friends or created ourselves. This gives a very personal touch to our home.

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

We love the how open the spaces here feel. One room seems to just flow into the next. It gives a sense of cohesiveness to the entire place.

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