Sarah's Living Large

Sarah's Living Large

Janel Laban
May 21, 2015

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Brooklyn, NY
Square Feet:
What I Love About My Small Home:
It feels like I'm living large even though I'm living small!

I wanted a sense of luxury and comfort, so I chose original artwork and natural materials like wood and carrera marble along with high end appliances like a dishwasher, Subzero fridge and my beloved Bertazzoni stove, all of which I bought second hand for a fraction of the cost.

Even though my apartment is teeny tiny, I wanted to be able to welcome friends and family to stay over. So, I built a customized Murphy Bed that drops down over a moveable daybed for overnight guests. My little nephews especially get a kick out of staying in their aunt’s “tiny little fold-up apartment.” And, because the bed folds up into the wall, it gives the feeling of more space when not in use.

I also love that I am able to live in a great neighborhood with a feeling of abundance, but with low overhead. Another perk is that I have all I need within arms reach and it only takes about half an hour to clean!
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
1) Think big! Incorporate high end materials and objects that you absolutely love and give you pleasure to live with everyday. Even if the initial investment seems a little steep at first, it is the gift to yourself that keeps on giving!

3) Be bold! Don’t think that because your apartment is small you have to paint it white or buy tiny furnishings or artwork, but do choose to be bold judiciously. There is great depth and warmth in rich color which can actually make a space feel bigger because you don’t see all the hard edges and borders.

2) Be creative! Find tricky ways to be multifunctional and incorporate storage in unexpected places. Also, pay attention to lighting. If you don't have much floor space, you can use sconces and overhead lights to create mood and designate separate areas.
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