An interior designer redecorates a six-and-a-half-foot deep courtyard house.
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As a designer, Kein Cross is pretty good at estimating space, and when he saw the 18th-century courtyard house in Paris in an ad, he knew it was small — maybe 9 or 10 feet deep.
But walking into it on a rainy day in January, Cross realized his estimate was far too optimistic. The house, which he would later describe to friends in New York as a carriage house, was a respectable 19 feet wide, but from front to back it was only 6 ½ feet. The living room, minus the area taken up by a stairway, was less than 4 feet deep — were Cross to stand in it, arms outstretched, he could easily touch both walls. The kitchen was so tiny there wasn't room to open the oven.
Source: By JOYCE WADLER
The New York Times
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