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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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThis green cabin is a great place to to enjoy the sunset with its 180 degrees of windows.
Beverly and Jack asked architect friend Michael Taylor for a simple little escape to watch the sunset over Lake Simcoe near Toronto — and also a place to spend nights when their main house is filled to the brim with family and friends. Their 275-square-foot cabin is a glass box delicately wrapped with a cedar screen. Inside is one simple room with a bed and woodstove. Damage to the pristine site was kept to a minimum by assembling the "green building" offsite.

The interior finishes are constructed of pearled birch panels. That coupled with 180 degrees of glass make for a light and airy space. Under-the-bed storage eliminates the need for extraneous furniture and keeps the space minimal and open.