- size: 485 sqft
- type: 2-bedroom apartment
- location: East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
- inhabitants: Margaret Mason and Brandon Dunham, and 2 fish
- website and blog: heymargaret.com
Describe your place:
I love the neighborhood we live in and all the conveniences it offers. My commute into the city for work is super short and everything we need is within one block of home.
We live on the second floor of a three story walk up that was built in 1910. It’s tiny to our out-of-town visitor standards, but it works out perfectly for roommates. My roommate Brandon is a friend from NC who moved in about a year ago.
What do you love about your space?:
I love the brick fireplace (nonfunctional) and the pressed tin ceilings. Although the apt is old, it has some of the original charm.
How would you improve your space?:
More closets – isn’t this on every New Yorker’s wish list ? And it would be nice to have direct access to our roof/the backyard.
What do you like best about small living?:
This apartment is actually the longest place I’ve lived in since I turned 18 and moved out of my parents’ house! I guess that means I like it!
Since I live in NYC and have a pretty busy schedule, it’s really important to me to have a peaceful place to come back to. Living in a small space creates that cozy comfort I need, plus it takes no time at all to clean it.
Tips for fellow and potential small-space dwellers:
Be creative in storage, stay organized, and toss out all that useless stuff.
A note from Nicole:
Margaret is one of my best friends, going back to our freshman college dorms :). I was so happy to finally visit her little Brooklyn apartment.
What I love most about Margaret and Brandon’s place is how lively they have decorated it – quite literally if you consider all the plants. There are selective vibrant splashes of color that really activate the space, most of their decorations are functional (floating bookshelves, old trunks, colorful storage shelves), and there are fun random items that keep you exploring every corner (pictures, magnets, relics). It may be small, especially for two people, but it is loaded with awesomeness!
Margaret’s hand-painted accent wall of arrows is the coolest!: