Tiny, Yet Trendy Places

To live in ideal urban locales, many people opt to make the move into tiny, yet trendy spaces. Small space living doesn't have to sacrifice comfort or style.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionAnother way to add interest and depth with paint is to add a chair rail and paint a darker color underneath it.
L.A. Continental
Shauna Cross pined to live on Sycamore Avenue in historic Hancock Park. She found her dream home in a vintage 1920s six-plex. Drawing from old Hollywood movies, magazines and books, she incorporated her love for the past with what seemed germane to modern life—giving each room its own unique personality. Her advice for living in a small space: "Pretend it's not small!"

Cross transformed her home with paint and flea market finds. She painted three stripes around the room in different shades of soothing beige. The stripes trick the eyes into seeing a larger space by keeping them moving around the room. Cross' furniture choices also expand the space. All her furniture is on legs and is low to the ground; the space extends beneath the furniture and in the expanded vertical area between the low furniture and the ceiling.