Four Designers Convert Small Homes Into Diamonds in the Rough

Style doesn't have to take up a lot of space -- which is a good thing considering a New York apartment, an Austin house, a New York studio and a Miami loft all have less than 1,000 square feet.

  • Open storage can be really interesting to look at if it's arranged properly. It looks neat, but only if you're neat!
  • Jernow noticed that her grandmother's retirement complex features a "wall du mirror" in the tiny apartments. This trick, Jernow finds, increases the light and space in a small room.
  • The living room is shared space that also houses an office and a bedroom. The wardrobe often gets mistaken as an entertainment center. The classic space-saving futon couch converts to a bed once friends leave.
  • The living room and guest rooms are open but divided by a wall for privacy. The TV is viewable from either room thanks to a swivel stand.
  • This decor is not for the faint of heart. With a designer's eye and imagination, Pons likens the inflatable furnishings to animated objects as they're more like cartoon furniture.

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