White and AirySee four small spaces that make a huge impact: a white-on-white warehouse in Brooklyn, Spanish gone swanky in Los Angeles, a crafty live/work space in Washington, D.C. and a tiny do-it-yourselfer in Miami.
Jacob Harris and Randi Brookman took a big leap of faith and lots and lots of white paint to turn an old shoe factory into a sleek, modern house. Their 1,000-square-foot, open loft went from warehouse to hip home in just a few days. And the entire house fits into one room, with a few creative dividers.
Brookman is a prop styler, and the magazine sets she works on often have white flooring to keep them bright and airy. So, she thought all-white floors would be a great look for a home. The kitchen, dining area, living area and even laundry room are open and expansive.
Spots of ColorThe living room corner of the open space is a cozy nook where the couple can read and relax. Nearby, a piece of sheetrock painted with chalkboard paint serves as a message center. A bookcase separates the living area from the kitchen. The books are arranged by spine color for spots of color in the white space.
TV in the FridgeIn their white bedroom is an old white refrigerator with a television inside. The DVD player is in the freezer compartment! It's an idea Brookman has had since she was 12 years old. Another option is to use a vintage metal locker (sometimes found at flea markets) to disguise a TV.
Spanish ToneClassic Bungalow
In a Los Angeles neighborhood where the streets are named after silent film stars, it's only natural that Chris Grubb's house looks like it's straight out of a movie. He restored his 1,000-square-foot, 1920s bungalow, keeping the Spanish charm but adding a modern twist.
The archway between the living and dining room and the Spanish tile fireplace set the tone for the living room. Grubb chose a sectional sofa because it's very comfortable and has plenty of space when he has guests over.
Classic KitchenThe kitchen was originally three separate small rooms he combined to create a larger eat-in kitchen. The upper cabinets have glass-front doors and interior lighting. A cubbyhole over the doorway houses a small TV, up and out of the way. It's watchable but not the center of attention in the room.
Open ShowerGrubb made a mini-spa out of this bathroom. He opened up the 8 x 10-foot room by removing the smoked glass shower enclosure, replacing one wall with clear glass and leaving one wall open.
Upholstered WallsThe bedroom walls are covered with warm yellow fabric on top of batting, which reduces outside noise and gives the room a cozy feel.
Expanded Dining AreaArt Deco Dressed Up
After years of dressing up actors, costume designer Anne Kennedy used the same skills to dress up her Washington, D.C. apartment. The location sold her on the 700-square-foot space, which was rough but full of potential. She chose a bigger dining room over extra closet space, and a bright orange bathroom makes it easier to wake up in the morning.
To open up the dining area and create better visual flow, Kennedy cut out a large opening between the dining area and living room. Her favorite thing in her apartment is a chandelier made from a street lamp that blew off in a hurricane, filled with Christmas lights.
Radiator CoverKennedy had a custom cover made for her radiator with shelves on each side to store CDs and display photos.
Art Deco KitchenThe kitchen reflects the building's Art Deco past, including the original 1920s cabinets. Kennedy removed the cabinets over the sink to open up the space visually. She even fit a small dishwasher in the tiny space, just right for one person.
Custom-Built LoungeSouth Beach Studio
Randy DesRocher volunteers a lot of time building homes for other people, so when it came time to furnish his tiny Miami apartment, he just picked up a hammer. In only 432 square feet, he managed to fit a living room, bedroom and kitchen, each with its own personality. Mirrors in the lounge double the light, and the sofa doubles the storage.
DesRocher didn't need a big, open kitchen, so he turned part of it into a lounge. He built L-shaped benches covered with fabric that have hidden storage underneath. He took two barstools, cut them in half to coffee table height, added tops and arranged them together.
Color SeparationThe blue in the living room gradually turns purple and then red as it approaches the bed area. The space is also defined by an open bookcase divider he made out of steel pulls for the vertical supports and wooden shelves. Removing the back of a free-standing bookcase also makes an airy room divider.
Rustic ShelvesDesRocher also built simple wooden shelves suspended by copper wires screwed into the walls for a rustic touch in the otherwise modern space.