Unique and Untraditional Small Spaces

Unique storage solutions and untraditional design approaches make four small spaces seem much grander.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionTo maximize the perception of space in the bedroom, they made the walls lighter and placed stark white tiles on the floor.
Silverlake Sweet
Greg Han and Emily Ho were given carte blanche by their apartment manager to renovate their slightly run-down 1917 apartment in the Silverlake area of Los Angeles. And so they did. Inspired by their favorite toys and desserts, they painted and decorated the 639-square-foot home with fresh colors and bold shapes—highlighting the unit's vintage details. The couple especially liked all the little rooms, where they could create unique spaces for their many activities, such as sewing and reading.

The couple's first big decision was to designate their "big" room as an exclusive living room. The living room's contemporary furniture is low to the floor to accentuate the room's high ceilings. They put their bed in the dining nook off the kitchen. They were initially concerned about cooking odors wafting into their sleeping space, but having a real living room to entertain guests outweighed the fumes.