Warm BackdropYou're so Urbane!
Glass artist Tim Tate lives in a 900-square-foot loft with 13-foot ceilings and a fantastic view of the Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C. His desire to showcase his own and friends' art in grand style led to the dramatic design of his four-room home.
Deep, warm colors on all the walls provide the perfect backdrop for all kinds of art and give the tall space a cozier feeling.
Kitty CutoutCreate a "kitty privy" by hiding a litter box in a closet with an opening in the door.
Room Under RiserBy building a two-foot high riser for his office in one corner of the living room, Tate defines the different functions of the space. This design creates the illusion of a sunken living room.
Hard to TopA four-foot concrete counter Tate added to the kitchen area serves as a countertop, dining table and card table.
Spacious and AiryThinking "Above" the Box
Greg Worthington and Lorraine Lupo loved the architecture of their 1000-square-foot San Francisco home from the moment they set foot in it. Atop the walls of each living area are grand wooden vaulted ceilings.
Making up in height what it lacks in size, this New England-style house once destroyed by fire also features an open floor plan, making it feel very spacious.
Moveable WorkspaceAdding a rolling butcher block, even to a small kitchen, provides extra storage space and puts cooking essentials at your fingertips.
Creative MixIn smaller homes, some rooms need to serve more than one function.
Scaled DownEven though the bedroom has a high ceiling, the soffit over the bed makes it feel human in scale and comfortable when sleeping.
Divided SpaceSetting the Scene in NYC
With the techniques photo stylist Kevin Hertzog uses to make interesting sets for photo shoots, he creates a modern and eclectic scene for high-style living and entertaining in his L-shaped 500-square-foot New York City studio apartment.
Plexiglas panels suspended from the ceiling separate Hertzog's dining area and bedroom.
Hidden ShelvesWhen there isn't enough room for a freestanding bookcase, vertical, free-floating stacks of books look like pop art sculptures. Put photos and other accent pieces on top.
Creative Guest RoomA custom-built storage bench doubles as a twin bed in Hertzog's dressing/guest room.
Moveable ArtHang multiple chalkboards on a large wall for inexpensive, changeable art.
Disguise with Bright ColorsEpitomizing the Minimalist Movement
Architects John Maier and Ulrike Zelter put their creative skills to the test when they purchased a run-down 700-square-foot duplex in Austin. They aced the test by creating an ultra-modern home with simplistic decor with intricate storage space.
Sparse furnishings and custom built-ins define this home. A TV and office niche with sliding panel doors keeps the clutter of bills, videos and DVDs out of sight when entertaining. Bold lime green paint on the panel doors adds dramatic interest to the sparse decor.
Straight StorageA single horizontal shelf, custom-built or ready-made, placed on top of kitchen cabinets provides extra storage for canisters, spices, utensils, cups and other kitchen essentials.
Outdoors at HandBuilding a deck off of a living room at the same level of the home makes the living room appear as though it is flowing to the outdoors.
Added AccessibilityConstructing a concrete sink in the hallway outside the bathroom created two separate grooming spaces — no more fighting over the bathroom.