Southwest #17: Matthew's Cartoonist Corner

Southwest #17: Matthew's Cartoonist Corner

Gregory Han
Apr 17, 2008

Name: Matthew
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Size: 325 sq. ft. apartment
Rent/Own: Rent

What is the advantage of SMALL? It fits me. Last year I had a much larger one-bedroom in the same building. It had unfortunate brown carpet, a lot of empty space I couldn't fill and so much wallspace that I gave up on painting. Initially I moved to save money, but once I started arranging furniture everything clicked into place. I was always a tetris kind of kid.

What's your favorite resource for your home?

Craigslist, eBay and the Rose Bowl Flea Market covers almost everything in my apartment, minus the desk which I got from Steel Casey. For inspiration, any movies or cartoons with an old-timey vibe always catch my eye. I want to live in the Parr family home when I grow up.

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

My transformer couch/bed. I found it on Craigslist via a vintage furniture dealer. I have no idea where or when it came from, but I've never seen anything like it. Instead of a fold out, there's a platform that slides out from underneath and rises level to the couch to create a Queen size frame. I roll a featherbed across the frame and a secret compartment in back holds my comforter. My pillows hide in the closet and the couch cushions sit in the movie theater seats. If I have company, I can slide the couch and platform apart to make two single beds.

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