- size: 653 sqft
- type: 1-bedroom apartment
- location: Raleigh, NC
- inhabitants: Matt Tomasulo
- pets: gnomes
- my info: CityFabric.net | @CityFabric | LinkedIn
Describe your place:
My apartment is in a mid-century office building above an eyewear center and a dentist. It’s one of four apartments tucked away in the corner of the larger commercial building. We have entrances along Saint Mary’s Street and in the back parking lot. The building is across from Broughton H.S. and next to Fred Fletcher Park. Cameron Village and Glenwood south are both a 10 minute walk away. Lastly, it’s only one block away from my girlfriend’s apt (interesting tip: it’s Nicole – the author of this blog).
As far as my apartment goes, it opens up to a main foyer, which often times I store business stuff in, hence live/work. The CityFabric studio is located in my living room. I have a physical and a digital work desk perpendicular to each other, situated next to the windows for maximum daylight.
What do you love about your space?:
I love being able to work, host and live in my space. The apartment feels bigger than the square footage because the space is divided into so many different areas. My bedroom is in the back and easy to close off which makes office visits feel more professional. The space is versatile – place to meet and greet and host without it feeling like my apt. I have three large closets that really help organize all my business stuff. The built-ins help with storage and de-cluttering.
How would you improve your space?:
Bigger Windows: Even though the apartment is a couple flights up, there is not too much natural light due to smaller windows and a large, old-growth tree. Better Ventilation: The ventilation is not so great either since all the windows are along the same wall.
No carpet! I would have hardwood floors for cleanliness reasons and light. Open up the kitchen: would help make socializing while cooking much easier.
What do you like best about small living?:
Location location location! Having the choice and the ability to walk or bike around town, grabbing food, meeting up with friends, having a drink, or just wander through the adjacent park is much more important to me at this point in life than doing yard work. Living closer to a lot of different people allows for the casual encounter or spontaneous interaction throughout my neighborhood and park. They are unplanned and wonderful.
Lastly, living in a smaller place forces you to be selective with what you own and it keeps life simple.
Tips for fellow and potential small-space dwellers:
A lot of natural daylight and big windows really helps make a space feel welcoming.
It helps to play around a lot with furniture. My living room ended up being much cozier after simply shifting the coach 3 feet after living there for a full 5 months.
More about me:
I run CityFabric, a small business focused on stitching together people and places through civic and social innovation and design. We have a full line of civic-minded products, and have recently launched a few projects focused on walkability called WalkRaleigh and Walk [YourCity]. Currently, this apartment is CityFabric Headquarters, with satellite offices scattered throughout downtown coffee shops, most commonly Helios, within walking distance.