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 CaptionThis stylish dining table folds up so it can be easily stored out of the way.
When Tanaka Gaines told friends that she planned to live in downtown San Francisco, they didn't believe it. A newspaper advertisement for "a beautiful small space" changed all that. Tanaka hired designer Richard Pennington, who used stylish, multi-functional storage to streamline the space. Tanaka likes living small. The apartment stays clean because everything has to be put away or it's in the way.

No room for a traditional table? Tanaka solved the problem with a double drop-leaf table that she tucks against the window between her kitchen and couch. Other options are a table that folds down from a wall, TV trays stored under a couch or even a coffee table that can raise up to accommodate chairs.