Lack of space doesn't have to restrict your creativity when decorating your home - and here's proof. Click through to check out ten examples of gorgeous homes with unique, innovative elements that could easily be used in a house of any size. Get ready to be inspired!
Most of us could use more space, right? I know I could. So I went searching for ways to create functional table space with a small footprint. Here are five completely genius ideas that I discovered.
Join Dr. Mike Page from the University of Hertfordshire and The Cube Project as he takes us on a tour of the Cube, a 3x3x3m home for one (or two very friendly people) that has minimal impact on the environment. And, yes, it has a
Remember Felice's 90 square foot Upper East Side NYC microstudio apartment? Well, Steve Sauer's Seattle diggs is huge in comparison, but at 182 square feet, it's still pretty small.
Just how small does an apartment have to be before it's qualified as a 'microstudio?' In the case of Felice Cohen's Upper West Side apartment, that figure would be 90 square feet. She pays $700 a month in rent. Comparatively, the average rent for an Upper West Side pad is $3,600. Watch the video below to see how Felice lives in such a tiny place, and then answer this question: Could you live in 90 square feet?
Check out the Next Generation House by Sou Fujimoto Architects. It's like a house built with Jenga blocks but it's actually a small housing module for weekend use located on the edge of a forest overlooking the River Kuma at Kumakura, Japan. The small pavilion, a 4×4 meters cube, is made by assembling solid japanese cedar blocks kept in place by their own weight and connecting metal cables running through vertical drill holes.
Tired of always closing the doors to her home office when guests came over, Kate decided to give her home office a complete chic makeover. Kate was initially inspired to do the office overhaul after purchasing the two bookcases that now flank her desk. And while the project took five months to complete, she was able to do it right under $1000!
Decorating with a student budget didn't stop Chicagoans Meg and Brad from transforming their 900 square foot apartment into a space full of style and personality. These "colorful collectors" were able to create a completely unique and inspiring space - and stay in budget - with a little DIY ingenuity and a knack for finding hidden Craigslist gems. But, their growing art collection is what really makes this space come alive.
At only 500 square feet, this East Village studio apartment may be low on space, but it's high on style.
Not Martha had a shoe dilemma in her cramped back hallway. She found the answer with the slick, wall attached j-me shoe rack, a single piece of bent stainless steel that holds just the tips of your shoes. Big problem-it was 5 inches too long for N.M's back hallway wall. She improvised and came up with her own brilliant, space-saving DIY version.
How do you pack a living room, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and hallway into an apartment that measures 11' x 3" wide by 16' x 2" deep by 10' x 4" tall? You add a second floor, of course. The owner, airplane interiors engineer and Seattle resident Steve Sauer, is quite happy with his compact crib, which includes a soaking tub
No need for a master magician to help make your small place appear bigger. Just follow these tips and the illusion of space will appear.
This year's winner of AT's Small, Cool Contest (of the Teeny-Tiny division) was this little cottage. Its occupant, Beth, is into 'slow design', which means she picks up one piece at a time, whether it be a souvenir, a family heirloom, or a flea market find. All
Over the last few weeks the kitchn asked their readers to vote on their favorite small cool kitchens. Above are the international entries and below are the domestic competitors. Which is your favorite of each set? (the kitchn survey results are below.)
Its 'architect', Tim Boyle. Its name, Emerson House. Its size, 30" x 21" x 18". Available through brinka dada, the doll house does not have an asking price, but here is its listing info:
Newly listed, the Emerson House is the perfect home for the modern family. The home has six rooms including a living room, kitchen, library/office, master bedroom, bathroom and child's bedroom. With its large, open floor plan and floor-to-ceiling windows, the Emerson House enjoys year-round sunlight. The modern house features many extras including
We've seen tiny homes before, but HuffPo has put together 7 totally entertaining videos (and images) of tiny homes and the people that live in them. They offer insightful and thought-provoking arguments for serious downsizing.
When living in a small space, it can be tough to give up valuable floor real estate for a dining table, especially when you can just eat on the floor. Or the couch. Or in bed. Or, admit it, over the kitchen sink.
But don't give up so quickly:
"For private habitations, hotel rooms, coffeehouses, lounges, multifunctional spaces,...A usually space consuming, functional piece of furniture can be turned easily into a decorative, space saving object...
This little apartment in Sweden might be short on space, but, because it's long on style, you don't even notice! Decor8 observantly points out the generous use of Ikea pieces,
Architechts Emmanuel Combarel Dominique Marrec came up with this creative design that maximizes the available space in a medium sized French apartment.
It's a bedroom. That hangs. In the center of the space. Wow.
The rest of the space is plenty amazing itself, so check out the full design.