Big, Bold ColorVisit four small homes that make a big statement. A tiny, treasure-filled New York loft, a San Francisco row house that blends form and function, an exotic Far East retreat in Chicago and a stylish sailboat in Miami all exude a style that overcomes space limitations. See what secret treasures you can find for your home!
Eclectic New York Loft
Many find that minimal is the way to go when living in limited space. Not so for homeowners Richard Dragisic and Bill Brockschmidt. Their 570-square-foot New York loft is filled top to bottom with treasures. Architectural surprises throughout the loft blend form and function. In living within stylish economy, storage is the secret: it's a balance of what to hide and what to display.
People say that white makes a space look larger. Actually, color can expand a space when used carefully with light. The homeowners chose an unusual, bold color for the walls. In small spaces, bold colors can dominate a room and become overwhelming.
Hidden KitchenIt's a classic loft dilemma: the kitchen is an inseparable part of the living space. If you don't want the kitchen to be a focal point, sliding walls can do the trick.
Staircase StorageThe homeowners thought blending the two would be an interesting way to store books and make the staircase something you wouldn't notice right away. Loft bedrooms often feature standard issue ladders that are unattractive and take up space. This solution offers a perfect marriage of function and style.
Space SemanticsA rug, a few cushions and some pillows transform the space into a little hangout with a great view of the city.
Bring in More LightSan Francisco Row House
Susanna Dulkinys and Erik Spiekermann knew small was the price to pay to live in a desirable San Francisco neighborhood. Putting their heads together, they devised ways to integrate luxury, comfort and function with fabulous results.
The row house is sandwiched between two taller buildings, so not a lot of light gets in from the windows. A well-placed skylight brings natural light pouring into the home. The homeowners take advantage of the bright space with an extra long dining table that also creates a workspace for multiple, simultaneous projects.
Integrate Outdoor and Indoor SpaceAccordion-style folding and sliding glass doors essentially make a wall disappear. Connecting the kitchen to the patio fuses outdoor and indoor areas for an open, spacious feeling.
Under-Bed StorageA flip-up bed houses a huge storage compartment and uses the narrow space better than a sliding drawer system.
Seamless Tub and ShowerThe bathroom features a shower/steam room that incorporates a bench. Because the bench is the same height as the tub enclosure, the flow from the shower to tub is visually seamless.
Fabric's Many UsesColors of India
People thought Uma Vaiyapuri had gone crazy when she purchased her dark, cramped, 620-square-foot studio apartment. Vaiyapuri worked with friend and architect Pam Hutter to showcase the kitchen of her Chicago apartment. They knocked down walls and filled the open floor plan with the vibrant colors and sumptuous fabrics of India, transforming the space into a magical reflection of Vaiyapuri's heritage.
This floor-to-ceiling silk fabric from India separates the bedroom from living room and sets a mysterious, romantic tone. The homeowner chose colorful pillows and accessories as a complement to the wall and fabric colors and as an expression of her personality.
A Tasteful KitchenOriginally, the apartment had a postage-stamp-size kitchen with heavy, steel cabinets and little counter space. Now the kitchen extends the full length of the apartment and offers ample cabinets and counters. To break up the heaviness of the wood cabinets, two sets of frosted glass doors were centrally placed. The cork flooring is a great choice for a kitchen because it is easy to clean, is easy on the feet and knees and absorbs sound.
Affordably Elegant CountertopsWhen looking for a material to cover the island and countertops, the homeowner realized that marble or granite were out of her budget range.
Multifunctional SpacesMiami Sailboat
Many people in Miami claim to live in the water, but Jeff Keiser literally does on his 32-foot-long sailboat. Since he has to take a dinghy to shore, he stores as many provisions as he can. As the captain of The Nomad, Keiser has developed incredible systems for living in less than 200 square feet. Sailing isn't always easy, but it's a lifestyle that Keiser treasures.
The dining table serves as his living room, dining room, radio center and office. He generates his own electricity with two solar panels and a wind generator, so condensing areas that need light and power conserves energy.
Seaworthy Gourmet KitchenKeiser likes to cook. He installed a three-burner stove and oven where he can bake bread, prepare the seafood he's caught or cook a complete Thanksgiving meal. In such a small kitchen, he has learned to be ultra-organized; he has even created a map of where all his cooking utensils and accessories are, for quick and easy access.
Multimedia BedroomAmazingly, this bedroom houses a TV, DVD player, stereo, bookshelves and hatches that hold linens, blankets, towels, clothing, maps and charts among other necessities.
Flexibility in Mind and MatterThe cockpit is Keiser's main living space, gym and second bedroom. He can arrange the cushions to provide seating on the perimeter of the cockpit or to create a mat for his yoga and meditation practice.