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Small Spaces 127 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 up for a November 2012 vote on a proposal to allow the construction of microunits as small as 220 square feet. Small-space living...
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...
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...
A Kitchen Laundry Cabinet Full of Surprises
Not having a washer and dryer in his 500-square-foot Montreal loft was a big problem for designer Sébastien Millette. So when he set out to redesign the place, he was determined...
Houzz Tour: A Shape-Shifting Space, Cloaked in History
When you have only 140 square feet (13 square meters) with which to create a bedroom, a dining room, an office and a media room, you want to make the most of it....
Room of the Day: Home Office Makes the Most of Awkward Dimensions
When it came to designing this tiny office in San Francisco, interior designer Alicia Weaver had her work cut out for her. Tucked off a stairway landing, the space measures only about 10 feet long by 4 to 5 feet wide. Just because space is...
Houzz Tour: Details Make the Difference in 700 Square Feet
Randall Reynoso and Martin Camsey were remodeling their Monterey-colonial-style home in Sacramento, California, when life intervened. Reynoso, who works in banking, was transferred to his company’s San Francisco office. Realizing he would need to be...
Room of the Day: Red, White and Bright in a Fun, Multifunctional Space
When Shivaa Sharma moved into her tiny South London flat in July, she enlisted interior designer Bhavin Taylor to help her realize the full potential of the 16-by-9-foot space. “When I first met Shivaa, the main...
Hidden in Plain Sight: 10 Cleverly Closeted Home Spaces
Everybody loves a good closet, a place where you can shut a door to conceal clutter in one fell swoop. In that spirit, forward-thinking designers and homeowners have learned the advantage of tucking all kinds of living spaces — home offices, laundry...
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