Tim's Keeping It Interesting

Tim's Keeping It Interesting

Nancy Mitchell
Apr 23, 2012

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Chicago, IL
Square Feet:
What I Love About My Small Home:
There are two things that I love about my small home.
The first would be that I’m surrounded by things I’ve created. Image 1 shows a futon I reupholstered and tufted. Image 2 shows a dining table I salvaged, and an entry rug I made out of carpet strips the same width as the hardwood floors. Image 4 shows a graphic I painted in my “sleep-in” kitchen.

The other thing that I love about my home is the front courtyard (Image 5). It’s beautiful year-round, and a treat to come home to.
Biggest Challenge of Living in a Small Space:
I think the biggest challenge is trying to keep the small space interesting to look at. In small spaces, you need to have multiple focal points in the same room to keep your eyes excited and moving around. If you only have one, your eyes will get bored, and the space will start to feel small and/or underutilized. This is opposite to a large space, where you’ll want to provide only one focal point to help make the room seem more cozy.

To solve this challenge in a small space, I recommend providing multiple focal points. Then, between the focal points, provide breathing room (areas of rest) to avoid overstimulation. In the end, these focal points will create a movement around the space that your eye will follow and repeat. Then, when your eyes hit the same focal point a second time around, they’ll pick up on different details. It’s these details that make small spaces so unique and charming to live in.
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