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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The white walls of artist Krista Peel's rental apartment represented a blank canvas begging for some life. Now the living room is saturated in color: green walls covered with Krista's own bright artwork, a red couch and orange chair and patterned carpets. Rearranging her space and using color gregariously are how this Chicago-based artist makes a rental her home.

Krista rearranges her living room to showcase her current artwork. Her goal is to see if she can match the furniture with different wall hangings and pieces to make one big playful color mash. If you don't have your own artwork to rotate in and out of your space, consider renting art from a local gallery or museum.