Repeat ElementsJamie Bush and Stephen Calipari's tiny bungalow combines Hollywood glamour with a relaxed beach house feel. In the spirit of opulence, Bush employed visual tricks to make the house feel bigger. The main room contains four pairs of doors without casings or hardware to make them appear seamless.
Want more windows? Just add mirrors. The homeowners added mirrors directly across from the windows. They copied the size, shape and orientation of the windows for symmetry and proportion. In addition, a low chair rail around the room tricks the eye into thinking the wall is taller. This effect can also be achieved by painting a horizontal stripe along the bottom of the wall.
Blank SlateAll white cabinetry blends the appliances into the kitchen. For a seamless transition to the adjacent outdoor space, the white marble tile flooring continues out to the patio.
The Wall Does it AllThe library features built-in cabinetry and shelving that frames the door to the extra bathroom. The cabinets on the left hide a TV and extra storage.
Typically Overlooked SpaceArchitect Richard Lucas used steel and aluminum to create a modern, minimalist look with a high-tech feel. The walls were replaced with a series of aluminum Venetian blinds hung from steel columns and aluminum I-beams. When open, the blinds look like a sheer curtain. Blinds under the stairs conceal more storage for everything from a wine bottle collection to extra chairs for parties.
Lucas took advantage of a long entry hall by lining one side with bookcases that are set on casters. He can move them when needing extra space for moving larger objects into his apartment. The Japanese prints on the other side of the hallway draw the eye all the way through and into the living space.
One Big, Happy SpaceIn a space that shares areas with different functions, it's important to be able to close off what you don't always want to see. Sometimes it's nice to have the space open to other rooms for depth and added light. To give a small space flexibility and to keep it interesting, room dividers come in handy. Lucas uses aluminum Venetian blinds to adjust the amount of transfer from one space to the other. It's a neat trick to increase endless possibilities in a finite space.
Futaba TableIn Japanese, Futaba means "double leaves sprout from one seed." It's a fitting description for Akemi Tanaka's design in which a loveseat opens from a coffee table. Her other seating/table creation called Tagei means "versatility." Created for small space living, these dual function pieces offer convenience, flexibility and smart design.
Futaba LoveseatTanaka uses eco-friendly fabrics for the cushions. The contour of the cushions support the user's back and are mirror images of each other, so they close flat.
TageiThis tagei can be opened to create a cushioned seating bench with two end tables. Either way, the furnishing takes up the same amount of space.
Bold GeometryWhen Miles Andrews bought this cottage 14 years ago, the first thing she did was paint every single wall and most of the floor surfaces. The house came with lots of great features, so Andrews left things pretty much the way they were. She did make one rather substantial change, though: transforming the screened porch into a home office complete with French doors.
Vintage CharmAndrews loves the character of older houses. Because there's not enough space in the bedroom for a dresser, she used a mantel on one wall to give her a place to set things.