Style with Color

Color can open up a space and add original style. A prefab space has unique features for maximizing space, a Chicago space becomes a hideout for storage ideas, a New Yorker colors her apartment 14 hues and a London space gets stylish.

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Rocio Romero built the first prototype for her LV home when she was living in Chile in 1999. Because construction is cheaper there, she was able to build the small, modern house for $35,000. When she returned to the United States, she wanted to figure out how to make a similar home for the same amount of money. Her solution was to design a pre-fab home to minimize labor. Rocio is now working on an even smaller version called the LV mini.

The LV is a two-bedroom, two-bathroom, freestanding home that is designed to look much bigger than it is, by using high ceilings and lots of glass. All of the functional parts of the house are tucked into the spaces without windows—a small wall for the kitchen and an enclosed cube for the bathrooms. This allows the main living spaces to have large glass sliding doors, visually and psychologically borrowing space from the outdoors. With all that glass, Romero has still found a way to incorporate lots of covered storage to keep everything tucked away.