Free-Spirited Style For Small Spaces

Good design can transform even the smallest space. Homeowners use their free-spirited styles to make the most of what they have.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThe dining area is the most used area of the house. They borrowed a small amount of space from both the kitchen and living room to create a dining room in what had been a hallway.
A Tiny Refuge for a Family of Three
When Rob Mank and Lauren Wein first saw their railroad style, 600-square-foot New York City co-op, the thing they liked best about it was that they could afford it. While fitting a family of three into a small apartment certainly involves challenges, Mank and Wein love their tiny refuge; it's easy to keep clean and they're never far from anything or each other.

The couple defined the dining area with built-in seating and lighting fixtures. They are able to seat eight guests at the very long and narrow dining room table. The seating also conceals huge, sliding storage drawers below.