Big on FunctionJames Klein and David Reid, the design duo behind porcelain studio KleinReid, have filled their home with inspirational objects. Their apartment is accessorized with vintage furniture and flea market finds, featuring a special collection in each room. James and Davod have created a home that echoes their work philosophy: playful design, fine craftsmanship and lasting beauty.
In the kitchen, a few large-scale pieces make it functional. A sizeable, self-assembled steel cabinet displays their collection of dinnerware. The dining table is a thrift store find that seats lots of guests and provides much of the counter/workspace for the kitchen. Don't be afraid to bring big pieces into small spaces; they provide a visual anchor in the room.
A Peek Under the HoodThe bedroom is small — small enough to inspire this storage ingenuity. You wouldn't believe the list of stuff that fits in here, but it does include a sewing machine. This is a great solution for extra storage in spaces that don't have enough clearance room for things to slide out from under the bed.
Wallpaper-By-NumbersJames found these paint-by-numbers at a thrift store. Once he found out that one woman did all of the paintings, he had to have them. Filling this entire nook in the bedroom with them was a risk with a big payoff.
Home in a CabinetWhen Liz Clausen returned home after college, she transformed her parent's basement into a stylish studio apartment. Using her degree in interior design, she designed a space that would function both for her and for her parents once she leaves the nest. Liz loves her tiny apartment that has become the perfect place to launch her business.
A cabinetmaker by trade, Liz's dad was there to assist with the big tasks. Together they designed and built a Murphy bed unit that also houses a closet and lots of storage nooks. Her office supplies and workstation are tucked away in the unit, as are her bed, pillows and clothes.
Salvaged CyprusThe tiny adjacent kitchen features a Cyprus countertop that extends past the kitchen for extra table space. The wood was found along the beach from a fallen tree. Liz's dad cut the wood into slabs and then fit it into the space.
Small SpaIn the bathroom, Liz focused on luxury. A walk-in shower, a stainless steel vessel sink and an amazing sauna create a spa-like look. Liz used glass blocks as the shower divider and windows; they provide privacy and let a lot of light flow through the space. She also carried the tile from the floor all the way up the wall for a cohesive, sophisticated effect. The infrared sauna uses less electricity than a standard sauna.
When the Day is DoneBeverly and Jack asked architect friend Michael Taylor for a simple little escape to watch the sunset over Lake Simcoe near Toronto — and also a place to spend nights when their main house is filled to the brim with family and friends. Their 275-square-foot cabin is a glass box delicately wrapped with a cedar screen. Inside is one simple room with a bed and woodstove. Damage to the pristine site was kept to a minimum by assembling the "green building" offsite.
The interior finishes are constructed of pearled birch panels. That coupled with 180 degrees of glass make for a light and airy space. Under-the-bed storage eliminates the need for extraneous furniture and keeps the space minimal and open.
Invisible RoofDue to the harsh Canadian weather, the only plants that do well are sedums and thyme. This layer of plants, soil and rock works to protect the roof membrane from the elements and also insulates the cabin. The cabin is right next to the property line of their neighbors, so a green roof blends into its surroundings and doesn't impede the neighbors' view of the lake. The cabin also has a composting toilet because of its proximity to the lake.
Art on the MoveThe white walls of artist Krista Peel's rental apartment represented a blank canvas begging for some life. Now the living room is saturated in color: green walls covered with Krista's own bright artwork, a red couch and orange chair and patterned carpets. Rearranging her space and using color gregariously are how this Chicago-based artist makes a rental her home.
Krista rearranges her living room to showcase her current artwork. Her goal is to see if she can match the furniture with different wall hangings and pieces to make one big playful color mash. If you don't have your own artwork to rotate in and out of your space, consider renting art from a local gallery or museum.
Studio DiningKrista found room in her small apartment for a studio, where she does the majority of her painting and works on her miniature models. The studio easily doubles as a dining room (especially since it actually is the dining room) when Krista wants to entertain a little more formally. The art materials get hidden behind the strategic folding screen and the worktable becomes a dining table.