Chic Food Sylist ApartmentLiza Jernow is a food stylist who works from home in her 450-square-foot New York apartment. She fits a professional kitchen, including a must-have drawer-style dishwasher, into a space that is narrower than most hallways. The small space keeps everything accessible, but she admits it's a one-cook kitchen.
Minimalist and PeacefulThe rest of her living space is minimalist and peaceful so that she can be creative in it. Her vintage shoe collection, which is on display, is the exception. Jernow also enjoys the dream of many New Yorkers, a private outdoor garden patio (designed by Erin Weston), proving that a calm, quiet gem of a home can exist in the middle of the big city.
Industrial Dream HomeNot everything is big in Texas. This 978-square-foot, two-floor Austin abode is part house, part sculpture. Rick Black is the architect who designed the house. He incorporated a second-story porch, which he and his wife, Cindy, use as their second living room. He was extra generous with the size of the bathroom—leaving enough width for two to pass through. They use the downstairs as their entertaining area and the upstairs as their master bedroom suite. The Blacks encourage people to go as small as possible in their home design and love the cozy feel of their substandard home size.
Bachelor's PadTwo college buddies share a 350-square-foot New York studio. A lot of imagination and organization go into fitting two people, their things and their lives into such a small space. A sense of humor helps, too. Luckily these guys are making the most of what they have. They love the studio's proximity to Central Park, and they have a place to hang out with pals. For these two friends, a nugget-sized place to call home is enough for now.
Inflatable HavenA bizarre interpretation of light and airy is the distinguishing feature of this 960-square-foot loft located in Miami's design district. Designer and homeowner Luis Pons is committed to his concept and the effect is breathtaking—literally. The loft is filled with inflatable furnishings. Pons was inspired by two factors: a design project he worked on to capture an aesthetic element of the beach and a low budget. He loves his inflatable furnishings because they're versatile, collapsible and store away easily.