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Christine's Sausalito Skylights

Name:

Christine

Location:

Sausalito, California

Division:

Tiny

Square Feet:

444

What I Love About My Home


I love skylights and feeling perched. As the top floor of a historic Sausalito home built in 1893, this unit really does feel like a cozy tree house that is also surprisingly accommodating for guests. The entire length of the main living / sleeping space features continuous horizontal wood paneling along the walls and ceiling that looks great painted fresh white, and offers the illusion of having more square footage than actually exists. One of the (2) 4'x5' alcoves has a recently added built-in desk that works perfectly. I also value the apartment's east / west orientation. The studio front faces east, where I elected to place my bed overlooking the San Francisco Bay for wonderfully bright mornings. Large kitchen windows in the back face westerly peering over a lovely brick terrace and meticulously landscaped, sun-filled yard.

Biggest Challenge in Furnishing My Home


This is essentially a studio with a separate kitchen and bath. The main living/sleeping area is divided by a single step. While this creates a natural studio partition, I find its placement rather awkward in addition to the challenge of 4' walls, until the ceiling eaves on both sides, and a max center height of only 6'. I'm pleased with the result, but I had to be brutally judicious, regarding the limited wall space and low ceiling threshold, in determining which of my furniture / artwork could work together given such close proximity in a dually functioning space. The kitchen was tight until I elected to remove a very narrow built-in breakfast bar that didn't seem as versatile to me as a marble top table & pair of classic wooden chairs.

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Love the skylights in this beautiful space! So cozy!

posted by Shang on April 25, 2011 at 9:07am
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This place is a dream. I couldn't live there because I get claustrophobic if I even see a sloped ceiling but your place is truly beautiful. I love the mix of modern (Studio 54 coffee table/cubes!) and traditional (Bergere-style chair in bedroom). It looks like a fun place to live.

posted by cvgmiami on April 25, 2011 at 9:18am
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Love the bathroom!

posted by tmilan on April 25, 2011 at 10:29am
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I love the way you took a long space and divided it into defined spaces without closing them off. Editing must have been hard, but the mix you ended up with is great.

posted by lightblue on April 25, 2011 at 10:16am
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Love all the windows, and how you arranged everything looks so homey and inviting. Obviously any tall person who visits probably doesn't love your space, but I find it super charming.

posted by rachaelk on April 25, 2011 at 10:30am
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Beautiful bathroom!

posted by rajaune on April 25, 2011 at 10:55am
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The windows and skylights definitely help to open up the place and make it feel less confined. I love openness of the kitchen with windows on 3 sides!

posted by arnold on April 25, 2011 at 11:01am
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Wow! Everything is amazing, but I think the kitchen is my favorite part.

posted by LauraInCancun on April 25, 2011 at 11:07am
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so pretty!! Where did you get that ottoman?

posted by delg23 on April 25, 2011 at 11:11am
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I like the sloped ceilings and all the windows and skylights, of course. There's so much light and the view from the kitchen (my favorite, too) is gorgeous. Very cozy! The white reflective color really opens everything up. The bedroom is great.

posted by junklover on April 25, 2011 at 11:27am
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Tricky space but you've done wonders with it!

posted by Shadlyn on April 25, 2011 at 11:29am
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Oh, this one's beautiful. I love the mix of furnishings, things start to look the same around here sometimes. Living is Sausalito must make up for not having more square footage. Well done.

posted by storyscribe on April 25, 2011 at 11:32am
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Oh wow! This is great! Where do people find these wonderfully unique homes??? So jealous.

posted by Kit_Kat on April 25, 2011 at 11:45am
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wow!

posted by giovana on April 25, 2011 at 11:49am
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You've managed to get in lots of seating and storage without a cluttered feel.

posted by mellowhome on April 25, 2011 at 11:53am
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Those views!

posted by omoriala on April 25, 2011 at 11:55am
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This is beautiful. I love the ceiling, windows and skylights too, plus the paneling. It does have a boat feel to it, but that is a plus. Love the kitchen too.

posted by GardenMuse on April 25, 2011 at 12:01pm
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I'd turn my bed around to see the bay first thing in the morning.

posted by kelleyk on April 25, 2011 at 12:32pm
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The bedroom and kitchen are my favourites. I love the window nook in the bedroom. The stairs from the kitchen to the living-room look great on the floor plan. I would love to see what they look like in a photo. x

posted by PeteG on April 25, 2011 at 12:33pm
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I do love the "perched" feeling, the view, the sloped ceilings... but as I always caveat, I'm short, so sloped ceilings are not a functional negative for me.

The furnishings are very nicely put together and warm.

posted by emmelemm on April 25, 2011 at 12:33pm
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This is lovely. And those windows and skylights give it a magical quality - your view must be amazing.

I agree with some of the other comments - it does remind me of a boat. Only instead of the sea, it seems you've set sail among the clouds. Well done with your choice of white. I love it.

posted by Reeal on April 25, 2011 at 12:58pm
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One of my favorite small cool spaces! I, too, live in a top floor (3rd floor attic) apartment with great slopes and cubby nooks, so I'm partial to spaces with a similar layout, and you did yours up beautifully! Your soft, muted colors are divine! My space is crisp white walls with colorful furniture & accessories, so to see a softer side is nice! Thank you for sharing - you get my vote!

posted by A Whimsical Girl Named Debbie on April 25, 2011 at 1:14pm
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I feel like I'd be cracking my head on things a lot, but that kitchen would make it all worth it. And an outdoor space too? Fab.

posted by greatkate on April 25, 2011 at 2:01pm
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fantastic use of space - the mirror in the living room is genius. where is the padded coffee table from - LOVE it!

posted by RtU on April 25, 2011 at 2:37pm
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This is incredible!

posted by agraham31 on April 25, 2011 at 2:39pm
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two thumbs up, I'm in love with this place!

posted by sweethomesweet on April 25, 2011 at 3:08pm
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...also, I appreciate that you were able to use different styles of textiles and your place doesn't look gaudy or "old lady-like". Good job. I favorited your place.

posted by mellowhome on April 25, 2011 at 3:09pm
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I think your views are AMAZING. Your apartment is beautiful. I would live here in a heartbeat...if the ceilings were taller. I'm nearly 5'8". I could do it if the ceilings were like 2 feet taller. So nice, though. Ah, those views. I can't get over it!

posted by Jessica Jeanne on April 25, 2011 at 3:36pm
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This is wonderful!

posted by Lilah on April 25, 2011 at 3:53pm
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It's pretty. Me likey.

posted by FengShuiByFishgirl on April 25, 2011 at 6:20pm
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I love it, it's so bright and pretty AND Sausalito is one of my all time favorite places.

posted by S.J.P. on April 25, 2011 at 6:50pm
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very nice. would love to see more photos. have been wanting to convert our attic so it's nice to get some ideas of what can be done with limited roof height.

posted by A Labour of Love on April 25, 2011 at 6:56pm
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LOVELY!

posted by Coletta (rhymes with velveeta) on April 25, 2011 at 7:34pm
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This is beautiful. I LOVE the view from your kitchen. One of my favs so far. Well done.

posted by Dervla on April 25, 2011 at 9:16pm
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You have made an extremely challenging setup work...it really does have a homey treehouse/houseboat/spaceship vibe to it! And all those windows are a dream. Our upstairs has dormered (sp?) ceilings, so this gives me a lot of ideas...

posted by misscorinne on April 25, 2011 at 8:52pm
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Fabulous space. So bright but cosy at the same time.

posted by nutmeg21 on April 25, 2011 at 10:09pm
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I love the coziness of smaller spaces. This is the best, because it feels spacious, cozy and whimsical all at once. Great skylights and furniture placement. The place just looks very happy and well designed.

posted by escapaganza on April 25, 2011 at 10:30pm
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Those sky lights are fabulous! I also love the ceilings and walls painted white. I need your silver ottoman/coffee table.

posted by robertspeg on April 25, 2011 at 10:59pm
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Have to love such a unique space!

posted by Mishu Islam on April 26, 2011 at 12:44am
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This is gorgeous. It looks like being on a ship.

posted by lauraprescott on April 26, 2011 at 1:22am
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you've done an incredible job! its amazing!!

posted by queenyellowsun on April 26, 2011 at 2:34am
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I love what you've done. Feels like a wonderfully cozy bed and breakfast :)

posted by aj510 on April 26, 2011 at 3:06am
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The decor is gorgeous and I bet the bay view is amazing. I love the structure itself too. Echoing another comment, I really wonder how people find cool and unique places such as this.

posted by Clairesf on April 26, 2011 at 3:42am
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I'm totally jealous!!!

posted by Chara on April 26, 2011 at 6:32am
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6' max headroom? Ieeee... don't tell the code department.

posted by Jenn Zynn on April 27, 2011 at 6:06pm
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What a dream space. You have done a wonderful job.

posted by thesmilequeen on April 26, 2011 at 1:53pm
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This place is jaw-dropping gorgeous. So well done.

posted by lal on April 26, 2011 at 1:59pm
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So many details that fool the eye, like the mirror behind the sofa. It's stupendous.

I'm seriously in envy/lust with your kitchen table.

Wish I could have you come over to my place and make suggestions. You have an eye!

posted by Terry3 on April 26, 2011 at 2:28pm
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When I can I move in? IT's dreamy! Sure beats Scranton!

posted by megneville on April 26, 2011 at 4:01pm
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Such a beautiful apartment. I love your sense of style.

posted by Heubert on April 26, 2011 at 5:30pm
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Where's the "adore" button?! Love everything about it, including that it's in Sausalito.

posted by KristieC on April 26, 2011 at 6:27pm
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The kitchen is amazing. Love your place so much it hurts!

posted by foxymardy on April 27, 2011 at 2:13am
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Of course it's gorgeous, just like its occupant!

posted by lisqrd on April 27, 2011 at 1:15pm
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Love It!!!!
and and yard space ++++

posted by hamiltonster on April 27, 2011 at 1:21pm
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too cute, looks much bigger than 444 sq ft. white ceilings; fabulous...kitchen; love it...voted as my favorite!!

posted by cahibbs on April 27, 2011 at 3:06pm
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how did you find this place? it's like a dream come true. absolutely stunning!

posted by Raeesa on April 27, 2011 at 4:46pm
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love this,especially the kitchen.

posted by kimscollectables on April 27, 2011 at 6:39pm
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Very nice job!

posted by olderworker on April 27, 2011 at 10:00pm
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I'm jealous! (In a happy for you kind of way of course!) Your home looks like a wonderful place to live.

posted by Dana J on April 28, 2011 at 2:21am
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Marvelous mirrors: over the toilet as well as the sink; behind the sofa (!), in the dresser nook of the bedroom so it looks like a window from the bed, and, the just delightful round mirror over the kitchen sink. Uniquely and, clearly, thoughtfully chosen with wonderful results. Well done, as is your whole home.

posted by justjude on April 28, 2011 at 4:56am
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gorgeous. you have great taste!

posted by tina! on April 28, 2011 at 11:29am
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Wow, it looks like the inside of a luxurious boat!

posted by its a joke on April 28, 2011 at 3:46pm
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SO! MUCH! LIGHT!

posted by highondesign on April 28, 2011 at 9:22pm
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I love this light filled apartment. And your taste is exquisite. Very well done!

posted by sausalito karen on May 1, 2011 at 9:32pm
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I never thought about putting a mirror on the backsplash like that! It makes a lot of sense!

posted by aliciafig on May 3, 2011 at 6:48pm
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I live in the unit downstairs from Christine and am blown away by the idyllic living space she has created from the small top level of this already lovely house. She has somehow filled the apartment with a number of interesting and gorgeous conversation pieces - displays of art, substantial pieces of furniture - and instead of creating a cramped cave (as I would undoubtedly do) she has created movement and light and a space that feels so much bigger than it is. I take advantage of proximity by constantly pulling Christine downstairs for advice as I (far less competently) decorate my own space - her eye is incredible. This girl should be a professional designer!! (And the pictures fail to show that the most beautiful 'object' in our attic apartment is Christine herself!)

posted by JudyS_ on May 8, 2011 at 12:31pm
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Spaciousness:

Reposition the head of the bed - to enjoy the view in both bedroom windows.
Rather than dressers/chests, try pull-out storage baskets under a bed, sofa, chair or in a bookcase.

Rather than a desk/chair and books, try a clipboard and handheld computer.
Rather than an extra chair or sofa, create a "wide" window bench in the living room.
Rather than end tables, try floor lamps.

Rather than upper kitchen cupboards, use the kitchen closet as a pantry.
Try a few coat hooks near the entry door.

Rather than a wide kitchen table and chairs, try a narrow bar along all the kitchen window sills.
Try tall stools to enjoy different views.

Change the bathroom door so that it opens into the bathroom - with hinges on the opposite door frame.
Store towels on open shelving "over" the toilet.
Rather than a towel rack, try towel hooks near the shower and sink.
Add a full-length mirror and clothing hook to the back of the bathroom door.

posted by lil on May 21, 2011 at 10:35am
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For sleepovers, try a futon couch or sofabed.

posted by lil on May 21, 2011 at 10:39am
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Love the white glossy paint.

posted by lil on May 21, 2011 at 10:42am
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Ask for a longer/wider skylight in the living room.

posted by lil on May 21, 2011 at 10:43am
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My favorite!

posted by lil on May 21, 2011 at 10:44am
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amazing!

posted by saili joshi on April 10, 2012 at 12:33am
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