Do-It-Yourself Charm

Big do-it-yourself ideas can expand any space. Check out a tiny bungalow with Hollywood glamour, a little house with a big dance floor, a coffee table that's more than meets the eye and a modern mini-loft in New York.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThe bottom cubbies hold storage and shoes slip underneath when taken off on the way in.
Architect Richard Lucas used steel and aluminum to create a modern, minimalist look with a high-tech feel. The walls were replaced with a series of aluminum Venetian blinds hung from steel columns and aluminum I-beams. When open, the blinds look like a sheer curtain. Blinds under the stairs conceal more storage for everything from a wine bottle collection to extra chairs for parties.

Lucas took advantage of a long entry hall by lining one side with bookcases that are set on casters. He can move them when needing extra space for moving larger objects into his apartment. The Japanese prints on the other side of the hallway draw the eye all the way through and into the living space.

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