Creative ContrastDesigner Marc Corbin created a formal space in informal Miami. He saw great potential in this downsized, 850-square-foot apartment with a beautiful view. With black and white furniture and a few tricks with paint, he achieved instant small-space glamour.
Windows and glass doors bring a lot of light into this brightly colored apartment. Marc used a strong wall color to contrast with the black and white furniture and accessories. He painted the floors and ceilings white to reflect the natural light from the windows. He used black paint to create the look of molding on the walls for a formal touch. Painter's tape and a laser level make painting stripes easy.
Double-Duty DenMarc carried the color scheme throughout the apartment including the den, which doubles as a guest room. The tartan plaid carpet is reminiscent of '50s ranch houses. The den is separated from the living room by French doors, so it can be a cozy, intimate space, or it can be open.
Striped IllusionVertical black and white stripes give the narrow galley kitchen more height. The stripes look like upholstered walls and remind Marc of a circus tent.
Playful PatternsThe black walls with thin white horizontal stripes make the room look larger. The vivid zebra rug brings a lot of energy into the room. French doors to the living room are symmetrical to the den's French doors and make the bedroom feel more open and larger.
Dressed Up File CabinetsEverything in Rebeka Bieber's small apartment does double duty because her 800-square-foot space has to function for both working and entertaining. In the bedroom, she keeps her storage hidden in plain sight. With a little ingenuity, she doubled her kitchen counter space without taking up any room at all.
Rebeka's living room doubles as her office, but she didn't want typical office-style furniture. This bureau is actually two horizontal file cabinets painted red and draped with fabric. (Remember to prime metal furniture before painting for a long-lasting finish.) The cabinet stores not only her files, but also dishes and linens.
Artistic FocusThe serene bedroom is white and minimal with exquisite natural lighting. The focus is on a row of artwork displayed on a series of three plain white tables. The white storage bins underneath are in plain view but are hardly noticeable because the focus is on the art above.
Folding CounterRebeka doubled the counter space in her tiny kitchen without taking up any room by adding this folding counter. The useful design element comes in handy when she needs to set up and prepare food for guests. When not in use, it folds down out of the way.
Light TransformationPeter Tow and Robin Thomsen transformed their 900-square-foot apartment from dark and cramped into an open space full of light. With efficiency and style in mind, they created a home where they can cook and entertain with maximum flexibility and comfort. And a special treatment added to the center of the apartment either exposes or hides the bedroom from the rest of the space.
Removing the wall between the living room and dining room turned the dark, little apartment into a bright, open space with the natural light from the windows flowing through both areas. The room is furnished with classic modern pieces in neutral colors with spots of color in the artwork and fresh flowers.
TV AltarThis unusual entertainment center is actually an antique altar table with custom cabinets underneath. The modular units are on casters so they can be wheeled out when needed.
Designed for FlexibilityThe dining room is designed for maximum flexibility. The light fixture can be raised and lowered to adjust the lighting, and the table is on casters so it can be wheeled out of the way for larger parties.
Glass Wall Light ShowA frosted glass wall with open doorway separates the bedroom from the living and dining rooms. At night the glass reflects the car lights that shine though the living room windows, creating a beautiful light show. When Peter and Robin have guests over and need more privacy, a curtain hung on a ceiling track pulls across the glass wall and doorway. On the other hand, when they entertain and need more space, their Murphy bed folds up, and their bedroom becomes an open extension of the living and dining rooms.
Open Floor PlanNewlyweds Sal and Yasemin Hakimi brought a bit of New York to their small D.C. apartment. Their apartment in historic Logan Circle is in a former auto body shop turned into trendy loft apartments. They arranged their 830-square-foot open studio to suit their modern and traditional sides.
There's room for both casual relaxing and formal dining in the open living room, dining room and kitchen space. Sal's family is in the art business, as reflected in the room's interesting artwork. The decor is modern with bright yellow and red walls, with a few traditional Middle Eastern accents.
Open KitchenThey both love to cook, especially Turkish recipes. The cabinets in this kitchen go all the way to the ceiling for ample storage. The kitchen is open to the living and dining area so they don't feel apart from each other or guests while they're cooking.
Elegant BeddingBecause the bedroom is in clear view of the rest of the apartment, the couple wanted to dress up and showcase the bed. Yasemin's mother made these elegant satin pillows with long tassels.