There’s nothing surprising about the fact that Erin Boyle holds a public humanities degree from Brown University, where she focused her studies on oral history, place-making, and historic preservation.
One cursory glance at her blog, Reading My Tea Leaves, is enough to compel away an hour, endlessly scrolling through Boyle’s enchanting tone and breathtakingly crisp, clear photography as she shares tips for living in a small space.
This is no bland exercise in pragmatism, though; among several topical themes, it’s a poetic look into the life of a couple who are not only surviving in a tiny apartment, but actually flourishing.
The Brooklyn home’s small footprint is part of its charm, surely, but that charm is heightened by the simple yet inventive ways Boyle captures it on film and shares it with the world.
Taking a post about the reasons one should use a hand towel as a bath mat, for instance, and turning into a riveting read is no easy feat — but Boyle manages it in a breezy yet genuinely helpful voice that’s difficult to walk away from. Her “Life in a Tiny Apartment” series is not to be missed.
A love of electric fans and baskets with tops on them permeates the blog, and for good reason; these little touches help make life easier in close quarters (240 square feet, to be precise), and they’re worth telling about.
We’d hasten to guess that even the inhabitant of the world’s largest estate couldn’t help but be drawn into the practical yet whimsical world of these two Brooklynites and their artful little home.
Photo credits: Reading My Tea Leaves