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A Parisian Diamond in the Rough

The moment I started my love affair with Paris, I knew right away I wanted to live in this magical city at one point in my life. That dream hasn't come true yet, but I know deep in my heart it will someday. But for New York interior designer Kein Cross, it already did. When I was browsing through The New York Times Home & Garden section yesterday, as I routinely do on Thursdays, I came across his wonderful story telling how he was able to make his longtime dream of moving to Paris come true. He was lucky to find this adorable 18th century courtyard house near Notre Dame, ”it was a diamond in the rough.” With the help of a contractor, his design expertise and the use of black, white and gray, he was able to transform this 19 feet wide by 6 1/2 feet deep two-story tiny house into a gem. Of course, with lots of ingenuity and the clever use of mirrors, Cross made it look more spacious than it actually is. But don't take my word for it. You must see the before pictures to fully appreciate the incredible transformation. His story got me all excited and got me thinking, and it reaffirms what I've always believed: we must follow our heart and live our dreams. Happy weekend!!

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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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Divide And Conquer

While looking for different ideas to divide the space in a studio apartment, I found these phenomenal panels by German company Koziol. They're an innovative and unusual concept of organic-shaped polycarbonate tiles that link to each other to form a superb decorative partition. These dividers offer a kaleidoscope of possibilities and allow you to design panels according to your cravings and needs. You can choose from a variety of shapes and colors to create a division of any size. They're a very original and adaptable solution to separate spaces in your home without blocking the view. If you're drooling over these and think you have the perfect place for them, you can buy them here and here. Enjoy your Saturday!

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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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Living Out of a Box

I don't know about you, but I don't like moving. Although I've moved quite a bit throughout my life, I like staying put in one place and enjoying my home for a while. But if you're the kind of person who's on the move all the time and tired of living out of packing boxes, I just found the perfect thing for you. The Caluso Concept gives people the flexibility and mobility to change residence without the hassle of packing and unpacking. It's a complete set of room furniture which can be set up (without any tools) in less than ten minutes and later disassembled and repacked in a whim. Believe it or not, the 31.5” by 47.2” box includes a wardrobe, a large desk/table, a separate cabinet with locking drawers, a revolving and height-adjustable desk chair, two stools, a single bed with a mattress and a tall set of shelves. But if you're concerned about storage, the stools and the desk drawers of the desk cabinet also double as additional storage containers. Quite unbelievable!

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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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