Inspiration in Close Quarters

Size doesn't intimidate these homeowners; it inspires them. An architect's puzzle and a monochromatic designer's lab both in New York, an artists' hideaway in Houston and a super modern Miami haven all live up to their full potential.

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The Jigsaw Puzzle Apartment
Sisters Anita and Ivy Lee live in a 500-square-foot New York apartment near Chinatown. They share the kitchen and the bathroom and divide the remaining space into two wings that provide each sister with private living and sleeping quarters. Creating a sense of unity through the design's interlocking pieces, these sisters have found balance and family harmony.

Anita's design theme for this kitchen is: "I hate cleaning." She chose a stainless steel counter and an under-counter sink (design term for a sink that is flush with the counter). Cleanup is a snap: just sweep messes into the sink.