Making Space for Serious Style

When space is small, the little things mean a lot. See a stylish alternative to wallpaper in New York, a revamped San Francisco basement apartment, a cabin with a view in Toronto and a Chicago artist's miniature design.

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When Liz Clausen returned home after college, she transformed her parent's basement into a stylish studio apartment. Using her degree in interior design, she designed a space that would function both for her and for her parents once she leaves the nest. Liz loves her tiny apartment that has become the perfect place to launch her business.

A cabinetmaker by trade, Liz's dad was there to assist with the big tasks. Together they designed and built a Murphy bed unit that also houses a closet and lots of storage nooks. Her office supplies and workstation are tucked away in the unit, as are her bed, pillows and clothes.