Dreams in Miniature

Homeowners fall in love with small spaces every day. See a tiny grotto cottage near Miami, a charming loft in San Francisco, a stylist's live-in salon in New York and an upside-down renovation in L.A.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThis kitchen is open to the rest of the loft, making it easy for Aeryn Seto and Shan Johnson to feel connected to the rest of the home when preparing meals.
When Aeryn Seto and Shan Johnson walked into their San Francisco loft, it was merely cement and dust. Then they saw a rarity in the city: gorgeous exposed brick. The 1908 brick building was the original telephone exchange for the area. The renovations resulted in an open loft that blends their modern sensibilities with traditional accents to create a home that is uniquely theirs.

The benefit of the kitchen being open to the rest of the loft is that Johnson can still be connected to the rest of the space while working in the kitchen. He can enjoy the view of the skyline from the huge windows as he prepares meals. Using space efficiently is paramount to Johnson; luckily he and Seto are tall enough to reach the top shelves in the cabinets that extend all the way up to the ceiling.