- size: 960 sqft
- type: 1-bedroom apartment
- location: The Hudson, downtown Raleigh
- inhabitants: Matthew Muñoz
- occupation: Partner and Chief Design Officer at New Kind
- twitter: @matthewmunoz
Describe your place:
The Hudson is sandwiched between Wilmington and Fayetteville St in downtown Raleigh. There are great things always going on, and I’m within walking access to tasty food, drinks, and cultural adventures. The space is above it all on the second floor, with my unit spilling onto an ivy-covered terrace. The big room contains the kitchen, office, and living area. At the center of the room sits a well-used, farm-inspired table. A long, book-lined hallway joins this room with the front door, bedroom, and bathroom.
What do you love about your space?:
One word: Terrace. Beautiful place to sit outside, with two double doors that open into the living room, office, and kitchen. Perfect for a book and coffee or people and cocktails.
How would you improve your space?:
Put a window in the bedroom.
What do you like best about small living?:
It’s efficient — just the right size. I don’t have a lot of room for stuff, so I don’t collect much. With the clear exception of books. I LOVE books.
Tips for fellow and potential small-space dwellers:
It’s obvious, but in a climate like Raleigh, find a space that allows you to keep the doors and windows open for the seasons.
A note from Nicole:
Matt welcomed me into his home in November, and I immediately fell in love with the space! He has since moved, so I’m glad I was able to capture his apartment as it was. The apartment is amazing in itself – in the middle of downtown, a private terrace, high ceilings, built-in storage, and wonderful daylight. He did a great job decorating the apartment. His furnishings are sparse and were carefully selected, feeling as though they belong in the space. Matt has truly mastered the editing aspect of small living, keeping only what’s important to him – well-designed furniture, bikes, succulents, and awesome graphic design posters. I can’t wait to see his new place!
the bedroom has no windows or natural ventilation? is it ok?
Now that I live here, I can answer from my own experience. We wish there were windows. It would help so much with ventilation, with waking up, and with how the room feels. We’ve made the best of it though, we have an alarm clock lamp that turns on slowly imitating the sun (and birds chirp when it’s time to wake up). But since we really live in the main space, the bedroom is used only for sleeping, and you get a really good night’s sleep in the pitch dark!