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Small Spaces 134 Stories

Tiny homes pose a dilemma: How can you make a pocket-size space comfortable and stylish? The issue has special relevance in San Francisco right now, as the Board of Supervisors gears...
Tiny homes pose a dilemma: How can you make a pocket-size space comfortable and stylish? The issue has special relevance in San Francisco right now, as the Board of Supervisors gears...
Easy Green: 10 Tiny Homes That Live Large
No matter what you call it — downsizing, voluntary simplicity, microliving — scaling back your home's size is one simple thing that can greatly reduce your carbon footprint. By living in a smaller than average house, you will use far less energy and...
Small Sleeping Nook, High Comfort
Twins came as a surprise to this California mom — a pleasant one, but she still wasn't prepared to fit two newborn babies into a two-bedroom house with her 4-year-old son. This 12-by-4 nook was the only available bedroom space left for her oldest, and...
Kitchen of the Week: Amazing 40-Square-Foot Kitchen
How do you get storage, prep space, cooking space and a washer-dryer into 40 square feet? Ask Palmer Thompson-Moss, who did just that for a New York client. "These constraints...
Houzz Tour: A Family of 4 Unwinds in 540 Square Feet
Interior designer Jessica Helgerson and her family had every intention of spending only a few nights in their new summer home. But the weekend turned into a few...
Book to Know: 'Living in a Nutshell'
Crammed into a teeny apartment, I can tell you firsthand that decorating a small home is a lot of work. Less space can feel overwhelming when your style isn't exactly minimal, and it can be hard to combine form and functionality without everything getting...
Houzz Tour: Room for Everything in Just 596 Square Feet
“He’s an entrepreneur, he’s a multiple Ironman competitor, he plays in a band and has about a million other activities going on, so he desperately needed an organized and efficient space that maximized every nook and cranny,” interior designer...
Small-Space Living: 8 Stylish Multitasking Studios
It’s no secret that both the rental and home buying markets are hard to break into for some. Accordingly, many of us have to compromise somewhere along the line — whether that means sacrificing outdoor space, enduring a longer commute, knocking off...
Small-Space Ideas Unfold in Origami-Like Cube Loft
In 1984 architect Charles Moore — educator, author and one of the leading practitioners of postmodern design — joined the architecture department at the University of Texas at Austin. There he started a design practice with architect Arthur...
6 Smart Ways to Work Your Square Footage
New homes are getting bigger. The size of the average American home built in 2013 was 2,600 square feet, which is bigger than ever, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. While it can be nice to have such a spacious dwelling, many of us live in much...
Houzz Tour: Urban Remodel Looks to Sweden for Bright Ideas
An industrial designer with years of experience in antique restoration and reproduction, Frag Woodall has a keen eye for aesthetic detail. So when he and wife Naomi bought a threadbare 1930s brick house three years ago, it wasn’t long before Woodall...
12 Smart Designs for Small-Space Living
In a compact living space, each piece of furniture should earn its keep. These 12 ideas — including adjustable tables, sliding bookcases and nesting and expanding furniture — make the most of small-space living.
Smart Ways to Make the Most of a Compact Kitchen
We might all dream of a huge family kitchen, but most of us have to make do with something smaller. That said, whatever the size of our kitchen, the demands we place on it tend to be the same. We want it to function well for preparing and cooking meals....
How to Use Full-Scale Decor to Make a Small Space Feel Bigger
In today’s furniture market, “condo size” (compact) furniture is a common solution for modern small-space living. But I believe you can often achieve the biggest impact, and the most satisfying results, with a less-is-more approach. Rather than...
See the Clever Tricks That Opened Up This Master Bathroom
This was a classic case of the shoemaker’s kids going barefoot. Robin Amorello spent eight years designing other people’s master bathrooms, while the...
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