Southwest #22: Loulou and Nico's Duplex Deluxe

Southwest #22: Loulou and Nico's Duplex Deluxe

Gregory Han
Apr 21, 2008

Name: Loulou and Nico
Location: Venice, CA
Size: 585 sq. ft. duplex
Rent/Own: Own

What is the advantage of SMALL? When we first bought our house ten years ago, small was cool because that was what we could afford. We always thought we would "trade up" to a larger home. But as time went on, we realized that small is cool because it allows us enormous freedom--In my case, freedom to quit a job I hated and take a smaller salary doing something I love, freedom to travel--and freedom from the acquisition of THINGS. There's just no where to put them, so I am an inveterate window shopper! Honestly, though, I would like just ONE more bathroom!

What's your favorite resource for your home?

I admire IKEA because they have accomplished what the Bauhaus school attempted--Great design at a price affordable to practically everyone. I have used solutions found on Ikea Hacker, and invented a few new ones (our stove top back splash is a glass message board from Ikea--great for writing recipes onto, the hidden bar is a pre-made Ikea cabinet we dry walled around) and of course, the Apartment Therapy community--you have given me so many great ideas. But I think the number one resource, has been travel--Seeing how other people live, (most of the rest of the world lives in small places) has been the most inspiring and best resource.

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

I love all our hidden elements--the pull out pantry and laundry center, hidden bar under our concrete dining table, hidden desk at the kitchen counter with pull out printer (thank you Ikea Hacker), hidden folding bar stools for company, hidden laundry hamper, and best of all, the hidden cat box (another Ikea hack).

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