East #25: Lauren's First Post-College Grown-Up Digs

East #25: Lauren's First Post-College Grown-Up Digs

Maxwell Ryan
Apr 17, 2008

Name: Lauren
Location: Burlington, VT
Size: 495
Rent/Own: Rent

What is the advantage of SMALL? I love the coziness, especially through the long Vermont winters. It never feels cavernous, or cold, or empty, just warm and homey. I also like that the size keeps my consumption down. I only have so much space, and I want to keep it pretty open and uncluttered. So, I can't fill it up with junk. Not to mention that if it were much bigger, I'd have trouble decorating on a grad student budget....

What's your favorite resource for your home?

For inspiration, AT and designsponge for sure. But also the Sartorialist, even though he photographs fashion, the way he thinks about clothes is an approach that works great for decorating. The people he takes pictures of have well-edited, interesting clothing that isn't too trendy, too classic or too wacky.

As far as physical stuff goes, I don't have any one go-to place, aside from yard sales and used furniture places (the coffee table and shoe shelf are the only new pieces of furniture in the apt). Well, also the rather general source places-to-acquire-art (i.e. college art class print exchanges, friends, galleries, probably etsy at some point). I decided a few years ago that for wall decoration, I'd only buy real art, no copies of art (I saw a few too many Monet and Van Gogh posters in college). So, all the stuff on the walls is hand-printed (etchings, lithos, silk-screens and block prints) or hand drawn (except the flower pictures - they're cutouts from Vogue).

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

I love the light and its bright, indirect light filtered through trees all day long. And when I was looking for apartments, I made sure to find one that had nice architectural details (pretty windows, wood floors, porcelain sinks), so I wouldn't have to add so much to it to make it look nice.

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