CS: What do you think the benefits of living in a small space are?
JL: Living in a small space does force you to edit and focus on the furnishings, accessories, mementos, colors, and textures that matter the most. It's quality over quantity, which makes for a fulfilling life and design point of view.
I always like to make the distinction that I do not aspire to live a minimal life with white walls, sparse furnishings, and one lamp. I like my creature comforts, love to layer a space with fabric and art . . . but I have gotten good at balancing statement pieces with accent pieces without making a space feel like a scene from Hoarders.
An overscaled watercolor painting tricks the eye to believe a cramped foyer is bigger than it really is, but a gallery frame that size will break anyone's budget. Janet used weather stripping that comes in an array of colors and finishes. The soft rubber side of the strips holds the art in place, and the predrilled holes on the outer edge keep the strips attached to the wall with upholstery tacks.