Entryway IntrigueThere are tiny treasured spaces all over the United States. Visit a lavender apartment with amazing views in New York City, meet a Boston resident who took inspiration from nautical design, check out a retro-modern space in Philadelphia and learn how salvaged materials help furnish a cabin outside San Francisco.
New Yorker Wendy Kornreich turned a 1960s cookie-cutter apartment into an Austin Powers pad for a bachelorette. With the help of architect Gideon Gelber, she incorporated style, storage and luxury throughout her apartment: a lavender color palette, two walk-in closets and a three- by seven-foot bathtub. In a city known for micro apartments, Kornreich managed to fit it all into 1,000 square feet!
Entryways are often untapped spaces. Kornreich makes the most of her space with a niche that houses a couple of drawers for keys, cellphone and restaurant menus. A big, pink barn door hides this walk-in closet that serves as a coat closet, supply closet and wine cellar. One way she manages her busy lifestyle is to keep things organized at home. Add shelves to create a place to catch sunglasses, keys and mail on your way in. A mirror increases light and the feeling of spaciousness and gives you one last look on your way out.
Dining Table CenterpieceMost people think of centerpieces for dining tables. Kornreich uses the table as the centerpiece. Because the space is small, she decided to center her dining table in the apartment. To leave enough room to walk around, Gelber designed a narrower table than the average dining table. Kornreich also makes use of stackable cushions as flexible seating.
Big DreamsKornreich insisted on a king-sized bed in her bedroom, even against the advice of her architect. The window treatments, radiator cover and headboard fabric all feature horizontal stripes, which pin the walls back and create the illusion of more space.
Balancing ScaleA Mix of Modern and Traditional
At the end of a cobblestone lane in an 1860 brownstone, Ray Ehscheid and his partner found their Boston flat. They fell in love with the sunlight streaming in from several windows, the 11-foot-high ceilings, the original hardwood floors, the moldings and fireplaces and the charm of this historic space in the heart of the city. Some remodeling and revising made it work for them.
Ehscheid lives by the principle: "small space, small scale." His living area features furniture that is in scale with the petite size of the room. The furniture fits comfortably in the room and creates natural conversation areas.
Sea WorthyIn a 56-square-foot kitchen, every inch counts. Ehscheid's inspiration for his kitchen comes from boats he has visited. His galley kitchen is efficient and houses standard amenities. The fridge is a tall, 18-inch-wide European model designed for a yacht. A dishwasher is built into a drawer. The butterfly sink makes effective use of the counter space. He even integrated a small desk area to house his computer and cookbooks.
Now You See It...Philadelphia Perfection
When Jessica Zeichner first laid eyes on this 300-square-foot efficiency in the heart of Philadelphia, she couldn't resist renting in fashionable Rittenhouse Square. She was ready to apply her new interior design degree in the real world. Using large furniture, vibrant colors, mirrored surfaces and a strategically placed mobile room divider, Jessica has created a trendy retro-modern hotel suite.
When the divider curtains are pulled aside, Zeichner's entire studio is open and accessible. As a renter, she had to make non-permanent changes. One of her favorite temporary ways to do that is with Velcro. Above her bed she has made a headboard out of small, circular mirrors that she affixed to the wall.
...Now You Don'tZeichner used panels of sheer curtains to divide her studio space. Even when the bedroom area of her studio is mostly closed off, light still travels through the sheer curtains and brightens the living room area.
No Cabin Fever HereCabin Class
When Olle and Mary Lundberg bought this property in western Sonoma County, it contained a very small, half-built house. They kept the original footprint, increased the volume and added a huge deck outside. Aesthetically, they have created a "warehouse in the woods" built out of salvaged materials from Lundberg's former projects.
To maximize vertical space and capture the northeast light, Lundberg opened up one entire wall and installed floor-to-ceiling windows. This openness became the theme of the cabin. In the kitchen, everything is out and available to all guests, who often cook along with the Lundbergs.
Sculptural StorageOriginally the homeowners were going to use this space for displaying art but then realized they needed the space for the wood. Now the wood storage is the artwork and makes a sculptural statement in the cabin.
Cantilevered DreamsLundberg added extra floor space in his unique sleeping loft by cantilevering the bed out two feet beyond the floor. He designed "bolted down" end tables for both sides of the bed.