Southwest #7: Carly's Petit Chateau

Southwest #7: Carly's Petit Chateau

Gregory Han
Apr 8, 2008

Name: Carly
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Size: 235 sq. ft.
Rent/Own: Rent

What is the advantage of SMALL? I was hesitant to enter this contest because most of the entries feature a very modern, minimalist look. Hopefully people will like something different!

Being a broke college student, I am super lucky to have found an awesome space to call my own. I'm an Art History major and it's important for me (and my sanity!) to be in an aesthetically pleasing environment. I'm a Francophile and chose to decorate my pad with photos and postcards of Paris as well as French art and the fleur-de-lis pattern. It's my cozy hideaway free of noisy dorm mates and shared bathrooms!

What's your favorite resource for your home?

Most things are from thrift stores (retro desk chair) or hand-me-downs from relatives (vintage tv tray from grandpa's house in West LA!). The apartment was already furnished when I got here, but the landlord was nice enough to let me pick what furniture to use and what to lose! There was no closet in the apartment. I put the "closet" between the living room and kitchen to create two separate rooms and hid it behind some screens. The small but functional dining room table gives me plenty of room to study or to do art projects (such as the BONJOUR letters), and can be pulled away from the wall to seat four for dinner (Coq au Vin anyone?).

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

When I first moved in, there was already a futon in the apartment. I didn't think I would be able to fit both my bed and the futon, but I really wanted to have a lounge-y area for my friends. My cousin and I finally figured out how to rearrange the furniture and make it work, and now I have a place to entertain as well as an extra bed for overnight guests!

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