Small Spaces 120 Ideabooks

How to Design and Lay Out a Small Living Room
All small spaces present design challenges, but as the living room is where you probably spend the most time (and certainly the one guests experience the most of), designing a small one can be especially tricky. How do you strike a balance between making...
Cute, Cook-Friendly Cottage Kitchens
I drool over cottage kitchens, but then, my husband does most of the cooking. (I cooked for the first 25 years, so it seemed only fair that he cook for the next 25.) Naturally, his response to cottage kitchens is distinctly different from mine. Where...
28 Great Homes Smaller Than 1,000 Square Feet
Home size is a tricky thing. What seems small to one person can feel like a palace to another. But after looking at these homes — which range in size from 68 square feet (seriously) to 980 square feet — it’s easy to see that what goes into making...
Houzz Tour: Clever Storage Ideas From a Manhattan Duplex
Creative storage is an art form that takes a calculated approach to hiding things and still having them be accessible. Architectural designers at raad studio struck the right balance with custom...
16 Ways to Get More From Your Small Backyard
Big cities have a lot going for them, but spacious backyards aren’t one of them. Designers in high-density places like San Francisco and New York have long dealt with getting homeowners the most bang for their buck when it comes to their compact homes,...
Modern Alternatives to Cottage Decor
Sure, your cottage is adorable and cozy. But that doesn’t mean you have to decorate it in typical cottage style. If your decorating bent is more modern, go for it; your cottage will happily acquiesce.
8 Challenges of Cottage Living
In a past ideabook I discussed the benefits of cottage living. Now it’s time to flip the coin, so to speak, and discuss the challenges that cottage dwellers...
Key Measurements to Make the Most of Your Bathroom
Bathrooms come in second to kitchens as places where considerable attention is given to layouts and finishes, and size doesn’t limit the quality of their design. Learning a few key dimensions and common fixture sizes — and understanding that a compact...
8 Benefits of Cottage Living
In 1950 the average American home measured just 983 square feet. By 2004 that average had grown to 2,340 square feet. But is bigger really better? There seems to be a growing interest in smaller homes (fueled, in part, by the success of Sarah...
8 Nooks and Crannies That Can Wow
Tiny spaces are the perfect places to go a little wild with decorating. With closets, halls, pantries and other nooks, the design risk is minimal, but the impact can be huge. Plus, microdesign can be cost effective too. Have a favorite fabric, but...
Cottages: The Comfort Food of Architecture
Northern California’s Wine Country is heavily and magically populated with the most lovely array of tiny cottages. There are entire towns where every home sings a snug, cozy welcome, and they are omnipresent in the surrounding countryside. I’ll...
How to Add a Murphy Bed
Whenever I visit my parents’ home, it’s comforting to know they have a spare bedroom to sleep in. But, shamefully, I visit them only one or two times a year, which means that entire guest bedroom is empty and unused for about 360...
Life Lessons From 10 Years of Living in 84 Square Feet
About 10 years ago, Dee Williams was living in a 1,500-square-foot, three-bedroom house in Portland, Oregon. She had a $1,200-per-month mortgage, which she split with housemates to help make ends meet. The 1927 Craftsman-style bungalow had...
Design Lessons From Tiny Homes
There are small spaces, and then there are microspaces. The architects and designers who show at the MicroDwell exhibition specialize in the latter. Architect Lynne Reynolds’ Lean2 home is just...
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