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Entries in small spaces (26)


Living In 500 Sq. Feet • The Bedroom

So here it is: the final details on our pad's renovation. But before I start with all the juicy details, I'm very excited to tell you our tiny place made it into Apartment Therapy's Small/Cool Contest. So it would be sweet if I could count with your support to win our category and be able to go to the finals. All you need to do is go to this LINK and make it your favorite. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the love :)

Now, let's get back to business. Although it's the last room in the series, the bedroom is the one I'm proudest of because it presented the biggest challenge due to it's teeny-tiny size (7'7"wide  x 15'3"long). Besides the bed and nightstands, we needed to create room for as many closets as we could fit. The best solution we found was to knock down the existing wall to open up the room into the living area. That's when we came up with the idea to build an L-shaped partition that would house the closets. 

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Style For Rent

When traveling I prefer to stay in design hotels because they're always a great source of inspiration, plus they're usually located in some of the hottest areas of town. However, another wonderful alternative to boutique hotels —and a trend that's blooming around the world— is design rentals, which at times can be more convenient when vacationing with friends. This luxurious Dutch gem in The Hague's city center is a great find to spend a few days away surrounded by sophistication and style. Housed in the top floor of an 1890 historic mansion, the minimalist Maff Apartment has everything you would need, and more. The architect was very clever to use curvilinear and multifunctional furniture in his design, maximizing the square footage and visually making it seem larger than what it actually is. The use of black and white with a splash of orange makes it very bold and dramatic. Most definitely a pretty dashing place for a rental. Wouldn't you say?

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A Greek Delight

Combining her passion for drawing with her architectural background, Joanna Burtenshaw brings spaces to life with her breathtaking atmospheric chalk murals — with her apartment in Athens, Greece, as proof. A trained architect in London, Joanne decided to move to the Greek capital in order to follow her long time interest in art. Now, she is graciously opening up the doors of her beautiful 645 square-feet pad —which she shares with her architect boyfriend Dimitris and their cat— and invites us to take a peek at their exquisite retreat. The place is a perfect marriage of styles, so let's get the scoop on how they did it.

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Living In 500 Sq. Feet • The Bathroom 

I know, it has taken me a while to post more juicy details about our pad's renovation. But don't worry. Today I'm giving you all the fun background on our itty-bitty (4’6” x 7’8”) bathroom facelift. For me, the bathroom is one of the most important spaces in a home. I remember when we went to see the apartment for the first time and took a glance at the bathroom , I almost fainted. It was sooooo 70's. The bathtub and toilet were olive green and the vanity white Formica. But wait, the best part: the toilet seat was black, yeap, BLACK! I knew right away everything had to go.

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The New Man Cave

My, my, talk about shoebox living. When I came across this article in The New York Times, I couldn't help but share it with you. I was amazed by these tiny structures built by Derek Diedricksen, a former comic book writer who makes a living doing carpentry in Stoughton, Massachusetts. He builds these micro structures in his backyard using discarded materials like shipping pallets, castoff storm windows and scrapped kitchen cabinets from his neighbor, keeping his budget to under $200. “The $100 Homeless Hut” was the first structure he built to see if he could build a homeless shelter for under $100 (It measures a mere four sq. ft. at its base and is four feet tall). These are very unique alternatives for a man cave. Now, if you want to read the whole story on Derek and his wonderful microhouses, go here. BTW, if you haven't already done so, enter this week's giveaway here. You can win a beautiful eco-friendly Icelandic sheepskin. Happy Friday:)

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Living In 500 Sq. Feet • Living Area 

Hey guys, I'm back with more behind-the-scenes on our small pad's renovation. On a previous post, I covered the juicy details of our kitchen's transformation so today it's all about the living and dining areas. So here's the scoop. Since the original floor plan of the apartment was very boring simple, we had to get quite creative. After opening up the kitchen we were left with a square canvas to work with. The challenge: create three specific areas in the space, one for living, one for dining and a small home office. The solution: building an L -shaped partition that would not only separate the living from the dining area, but also hold our much needed closets, serve as a bookcase and create a hallway to the open bedroom.

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A New Spin on Feng Shui

Based on the Feng Shui principles of Yin (private and closed) and Yang (public and open), Feng Shui expert Liu Ming was looking for a balance between his personal and professional life in his 1,100 square-foot live/work loft in Oakland, California. Ming was in desperate need of more space for his growing Feng Shui classes. He was often forced to move around his desk, closets and other hefty personal furniture to accommodate over 30 students. That's when he hired architect Toshi Kasai, owner of the architecture and design firm Spaceflavor, to help him. Mr. Kasai solved this dilemma by designing The Cube, a compact mobile dwelling unit that allows Mr. Ming to freely reconfigure the loft so he could teach his popular classes while honoring his personal realm. The structure provides him with the sense of coziness he was in search of and allows him to keep his personal activities of study, sleep, and meditation to a compact, eight-foot cube.

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Size Does Not Matter

Living in tight spaces has its challenges. You have to be clever about how to use your limited square footage and make it functional for your needs. Malena Georgieva, a Bulgarian import, only had a little over 200 square feet to work with. Can you imagine? Her tiny fourth-floor studio apartment located a few steps from the Dakota (one of the most iconic buildings in NYC and former home of John Lennon), only has enough room for a bed, a desk, a dining table and couple of chairs. As an aspiring artist and interior designer, Malena put her creative talent in designing and decorating her petite pad —much needed talent when working on a budget not much bigger than her place.

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