Modern LivingDon't tell these homeowners that small can't be spectacular. Check out slick urban style in New York; meet minimal in Chicago; tour a Boston loft and visit a tiny pop palace in Greenwich Village.
Andrew Suvalsky has created a very livable home and base for his growing design business. He has found a small apartment makes for efficient living. As he has no storage outside of the apartment, he is always editing. Organization and an elevated level of maintenance fit well with his orderly personality.
To keep a strong color from overwhelming a space or making it feel cold, break it up with a large piece of art. The curves of his couch and rounded coffee table make the room more dynamic without being kitschy or overdone. Throughout the apartment, vintage and organic materials are matched with modern, clean forms.
Home OfficeThe larger desk has hidden drawers for a clean line and clutter control. Andrew finds that fewer large, deep drawers work best for organizing various materials. He finds they work well in his office as well as in his kitchen. Another smaller desk provides a versatile workspace and laptop computer, which can be tucked away when not needed.
Chair CollectionWhen Yelena and Vlad first moved to the city, they were awestruck by an architectural landmark, a Mies Van Der Rohe building that was one of the first residential high-rises made of steel in the Chicago. The building was beautiful, but the apartment — not so much. The decision to start anew and gut the space was easy.
The chairs are art, a sculptural element to look at, but they also provide places to sit. If you're going to collect something, why not choose something functional?
Urban GardenThe top panels of this partition are frosted glass while the bottom is clear, maintaining the flow of the space. Plants along the bottom add life and privacy. The slate floor was brought in from Brazil and not only provides richness but a good contrast to the white walls.
Panoramic LivingWhen Heather Wells happened upon this condo, it was a white box with track lighting and concrete floors — not very enticing to an architect with a special interest in interior design. Though the interior was generic, it was also a great raw space with an amazing view. Now renovated, the loft incorporates classic New England-style furniture, soothing colors and sophisticated architecture.
Heather installed a bench that runs beneath the windows to provide storage and seating. She also built a coffer into the ceiling to add architectural detail to the space.
Clever CabinetryWith no traditional closets originally existing in the space, Heather built cabinetry that expands the entire length of the loft. The mahogany storage wall begins as a credenza in the entry and then transitions into a clothes closet, creating a dressing area for Heather in the hallway.
Vamped Up SkylightTerry Emmons has redecorated his apartment many times. He describes the current decor as neo-deco with a modern/Versailles twist. While he loves the bold colors of the pop art atmosphere, he holds a place in his heart for classical architecture. Terry manages to play the two styles off of each other for a one-of-a-kind effect.
In addition to the large windows, there's an 18-foot tall skylight. Terry braved a very tall ladder to paint the lavender details and hang a romantic chandelier.
Paint TrickeryTerry painted Palladium style arches over the square windows — a trick that makes the living room look bigger. The painted panel behind the couch frames the artwork that was his color palette inspiration for the space.
Classical PopA willingness to experiment and take unorthodox risks with design can lead to an eccentric style that only the truly brave at heart can call home.