I do live in a tiny space and I love it. I found this apartment 9 years ago when I moved to Toronto after 2 years of living in Haifa. I didn’t think I would be here almost a decade later but I knew the minute I crossed the threshold that it was home. It is just 500 square feet including the 100 square feet of balcony. I use that balcony in the warmer months and it was one of the non-negotiable items on my must have list – clean building, public transit, balcony, wooden floors and bathtub.
When I left Canada in 2004, I sold the house and most of what was in it. My daughters took what they wanted for their first homes and I kept 3 antique pieces that I had inherited from my Grandmother, a coffee table my father had commissioned and 5 boxes of books and other treasures. I safely stored them away in my brother’s home and travelled with 2 very large suitcases of clothing and shoes.
I purchased a few new pieces when I moved in – a Beddinge sofa bed from Ikea, a bookcase and a chair from Pier One and an Ikea cabinet I found on Craigslist. The rest, I have to admit, I have found or inherited. Yup, found, fabulous pieces set on the curb in my neighbourhood.
In my space I have created nooks – a reading nook, an office nook, a dining nook, sitting nook. My space has a separate kitchen, a huge walk-in closet, linen closet and entrance.
My living room converts to my bedroom with a quick flip of the sofa bed.
…………and my kitchen space
I added a baker’s rack to my kitchen and it holds extra bowls, baking pans, cast iron frying pans. I have catered from this little space, held dinner parties for up to 10 and cooked daily for myself.
This year as I prepare to train as a Kohenet (a Jewish Priestess), I have added my altar.
I love to nest wherever I land. Do you? How do you live in a tiny space?