Good Things Come in Small Places

Having a small living space is no reason to skimp on style. Creative homeowners show that good things often come in small spaces.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionPlaced at eye level when seated, the window in this eating area provides a great view of the outdoors.
As architecture students, Mark Shatz and Anne Eamon bought a cheap, overgrown lot in inner city Houston. Over eight years, they built a striking contemporary home — by hand. The couple opened their interior space by linking it to the outdoors. They even added a small reading loft to view the leafy canopy above. Their most creative touch, though, has to be the mini-window for their dachshunds.

When designing their eating area, the couple placed the window at the eye level when seated at the table. This allows for a comfortably accessible, splendid view. Painting the wall dark green highlights and localizes the area. It also focuses the eye on the window, giving it the prominence of a piece of art.