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|| C O B U R N - A R C H I T E C T U R E ||

This 1890s tenement apartment, also known as a cold water flat, was ripe for a renovation. With a shower and toilet/sink located at opposite ends and a cooktop in the living room, the railroad layout was a disjointed jumble in need of coherent modernization. Our first step was to move the poche -- the cluster of plumbing and storage space -- into one centralized location. We created a European-styled bathroom with a Carrara marble stall shower and a space-saving wall-hung toilet. Opposite the bathroom are built-in closets constructed to detailed specification to accommodate the couple's wardrobe. The resulting corridor space acts as a fluid connector between the apartments's public living area and the private bedroom. Open walnut shelving in the kitchen lends a "floating" appearance to stacked dishes and glassware, while concealed, small-sized appliances maintain the sleek look. The stove and refrigerator are installed on the stairwell wall, so that the exposed brick of the opposite wall appears to flow through the unit. The living room fireplace was restored to working condition while the bedroom fireplace, a likely fire hazard located so close to the foot of the bed, was ingeniously fitted with a custom shoe cabinet.

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November 25, 2012
Sandra Jovanovic wrote:
Love the accent wall color. What is that color?
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Becky Harris added this to Perfectly Composed Small Rooms
Here the focal point is the fireplace. Smaller pieces are placed at the opening to the room to allow flow. A workstation is tucked in a nook beyond the fireplace. The windows allow for spectacular natural light and extend the space visually.
Scheer & Co. added this to Create a Stellar Studio Apartment
Many of you know I'm a big proponent of using lots of color in interiors, but I also appreciate a neutral palette, especially in small spaces where, by default, there is a lot going on as a result of not having enough storage. This accent wall works well in this space, especially because the white wall is brick, which brings in a different texture. Coburn created lots of distinct areas in a narrow space; a living room, work and dining area. There is a lot going on, but it doesn't feel overwhelming because the palette is quiet and calm, and the furnishings are a good mix of interesting, flashy and low-key.

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sharmameera2009 added this to studio apartment
November 29, 2014
writing table in corner
dechenwangmo added this to dechenwangmo's Ideas
November 20, 2014
Wall shade
Jo Ann Clark added this to Monica's home
November 3, 2014
Use of brown
hipster added this to Tiny House
September 26, 2014
Lots of use in a small space- cozy, functional.
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September 25, 2014
tatiaana added this to living room
August 12, 2014
Wooden chair
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August 8, 2014
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August 1, 2014
mscaitlinrose added this to living room
July 21, 2014
the vibe in this room is great. small and cozy.
Gina Ossanna added this to tv room
July 13, 2014
lots of furniture in a small space - chair in front of door?
chrissym2121 added this to chrissym2121's Ideas
June 28, 2014
Nice and neutral
sarahfrances added this to Flat 2
June 28, 2014
Accent wall.
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June 19, 2014
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June 17, 2014
smalllll living
Stephanie Eakins added this to Apartment Living
June 11, 2014
Space planning
franjack added this to Burgos
June 10, 2014
3rd bedroom - possibly sleep solfa??
Fatima Kleinsmith-Abdullah added this to Living Room Ideas
April 3, 2014
I like the way this small space was used...
tccsadie1 added this to fireplace
March 23, 2014
Window and fireplace position like mine
Amy Kruse added this to Living space
March 22, 2014
Whitsun browns beige and shelving
mariafe412 added this to mariafe412's ideas
March 17, 2014
living and dining area..
fildepher added this to small space solutions
February 19, 2014
Furniture arrangement
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February 18, 2014
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February 15, 2014
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January 25, 2014
small lounge chairs
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January 25, 2014
4misssofi added this to Studio
December 29, 2013
Colors, textures
Kimberly Bonner added this to Living Room Ideas
November 25, 2013
wood floors and white walls
goobiesamily added this to goobiesamily's Ideas
November 16, 2013
Good colours for the living room
Valeria Pugliese added this to valeria_pugliese's Ideas
November 13, 2013
nataliepitta added this to 724 Reno 2014
November 4, 2013
shelves on side of fireplace
kbreaz88 added this to kbreaz88's ideas
October 30, 2013
Living room arrangement
Nicole Keeler Forkin added this to living room
October 30, 2013
small but cozy
jngibson84 added this to Home Ideas
October 22, 2013
Love everything!
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September 25, 2013
small living spaces, layout
00777 added this to 00777's ideas
September 18, 2013
small living room with fire place
Jill Wilham Holland added this to Bedroom Ideas
August 30, 2013
alicia2789 added this to Living Room Ideas
August 14, 2013
Multiple use room just like ours. Office, dining, living, tv, library, etc. Still doesn't look cluttered! well done.
curtia added this to curtia's Ideas
August 12, 2013
My living room demo
emwathe added this to Living room
August 11, 2013
ftedja added this to ftedja's Ideas
August 11, 2013
whizkid1 added this to whizkid1's Ideas
August 9, 2013
One wall darker color
Leah Rutaquio added this to leah_rutaquio's Ideas
August 5, 2013
rachmaty added this to Living Room Ideas
August 2, 2013
painted brick...
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July 25, 2013
Studio apartment
kearakillian added this to kearakillian's Ideas
July 23, 2013
esm270 added this to Interiors
July 21, 2013
Painted fireplace.
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July 19, 2013
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July 18, 2013
Lisa Lawson added this to Family Room
July 8, 2013
use of mission chair with modern
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July 8, 2013
i like the color scheme
jackiewuisan added this to hk inspiration
June 24, 2013
Right hand side of the pic
katiewhite7 added this to katiewhite7's Ideas
June 23, 2013
Neutral colors
coco774 added this to coco774's Ideas
June 23, 2013
Living room paint
soozebrennan added this to studio
June 15, 2013
should get a mantel!
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June 9, 2013
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June 7, 2013
2 окна
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May 9, 2013
Janet Anderson added this to Home Office Ideas
May 6, 2013
Clean modern simple
janemcp added this to Living Room Ideas
April 29, 2013
Small pieces don't get in the way of movement through the space.
gbghartley added this to renovations
April 22, 2013
Three uses of small living room, open shelving
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April 17, 2013
Great place
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April 10, 2013
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April 3, 2013
Book case or shelves next to the fireplace.
calarcoa added this to living room
March 26, 2013
use windows to extend the space
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March 26, 2013
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March 22, 2013
add a wood chair to living space
tracycondon added this to condo
March 15, 2013
rocking chair
Jaymi Forman added this to keeping a small space welcoming
March 9, 2013
i like the color scheme, its so friendly and anti-chaotic... i dont kno if i could rock that tho cos i like color a lot
trina29 added this to trina29's ideas
March 8, 2013
warm brown color
adk0809 added this to living room
March 4, 2013
small room without feeling cluttered
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February 27, 2013
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February 23, 2013
Working nook beside fireplace!
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February 17, 2013
Fire place
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February 13, 2013
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February 11, 2013
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February 4, 2013
Furniture layout
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February 3, 2013
Wall color, layout
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January 29, 2013
white painted fireplace
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January 21, 2013
love the white painted brick fireplace and the color of the walls
Irina Manuela Marin added this to irinamm64's ideas
January 18, 2013
the way the small place is organised
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January 14, 2013
Living room
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January 13, 2013
color of wall
Shannon Reid added this to Living Area
January 13, 2013
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January 11, 2013
Small with dining
Tom Favreau added this to Apartment/Dorm
January 10, 2013
I like the color but id add more dark mahogany color and something bright like green, a bright green.
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January 1, 2013
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December 31, 2012
Accent wall
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December 29, 2012
Stephen studio
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December 27, 2012
space smaller than mine!
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December 11, 2012
warm and open
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December 11, 2012
Small space
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December 10, 2012
Narrow space looking cozy
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December 9, 2012
fire place, colours
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December 7, 2012
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November 30, 2012
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November 24, 2012
Windows 2 over 2
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November 19, 2012
colors/narrow room treatment
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November 19, 2012
brown wall
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November 14, 2012
litlle multiple areas
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November 12, 2012
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November 3, 2012
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November 2, 2012
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October 28, 2012
Small space but works nicely
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October 5, 2012
small space
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September 21, 2012
small room
mayo021 added this to mayo021's ideas
September 19, 2012
Smaller pieces are placed at the opening to the room to allow flow. A workstation is tucked in a nook beyond the fireplace. The windows allow for spectacular natural light and extend the space visually.
mjorem added this to living room
September 13, 2012
arkenciel added this to arkenciel's Ideas
September 11, 2012
Very space effective
cherolyn12 added this to cherolyn12's ideas
September 8, 2012
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August 26, 2012
ltntrue added this to ltntrue's ideas
August 23, 2012
walls + feeling
Sandy Parks added this to sandy_parks's ideas
August 22, 2012
colors for guest bedroom
huiyie added this to family room
August 14, 2012
Small nice n cosy
ntimmeriv added this to ntimmeriv's ideas
August 8, 2012
Color + chairs
ericaboe added this to ericaboe's ideas
August 3, 2012
brick etx
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July 24, 2012
jan1188 added this to Living
July 22, 2012
jhemken added this to kitchen
July 19, 2012
nice treatment for den off kitchen
barnswallows added this to barnswallows's ideas
July 12, 2012
lots of use in this small space
carolnazario added this to Living Area
July 12, 2012
Brown Wall
julie14roses added this to julie14roses's ideas
June 19, 2012
round dining table in foreground - for the flat
anap0607 added this to anap0607's Favorites
June 18, 2012
Condo living room layout
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June 15, 2012
Living Room Lay Out
tiffanychu added this to tiffanychu's ideas
June 12, 2012
jyule added this to layout
June 9, 2012
Small room
daydreamer704 added this to living room
June 8, 2012
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June 8, 2012
Eppie Canning added this to living room
June 7, 2012
sideview of fireplace
excitablered added this to excitablered's Favorites
May 31, 2012
Create a focal pt
madeinsydney added this to madeinsydney's Favorites
May 28, 2012
The rug
mattinthehat added this to ideas for our house
May 27, 2012
Accent wall?
prsircus added this to prsircus's Favorites
May 14, 2012
Sm spaces
gelibeli added this to gelibeli's Favorites
May 9, 2012
Makes the best of a small space!
chdsue added this to chdsue's ideas
April 25, 2012
lots in a small room
bluefiddle added this to bluefiddle's Favorites
April 22, 2012
colors, windows, charm
Shannon Ford added this to living room
April 13, 2012
small space
wulansuling added this to Small Space - Living Room
April 6, 2012
andreasandersen added this to andreasandersen's Favorites
April 4, 2012
colors, placement, Brno
susanake added this to susanake's ideas
April 4, 2012
brilliant use of space
emilynorman3 added this to Living Rooms
March 31, 2012
Good set up for fireplace/tv/couch/chairs
ibsloany added this to ibsloany's Favorites
March 29, 2012
Small space
nelsthompson added this to linden
March 26, 2012
mission chair for small space
101farm added this to 101farm's ideas
March 23, 2012
clean lines, light and dark juxtaposition, mission chair
comfy by design added this to livingroom
March 19, 2012
Small spaces can have many uses. A livingroom/diningroom/office combo can feel cozy and warm not cluttered or cramped with just a little careful planning.
kiubibn added this to mushakka's Favorites
March 18, 2012
Again, good space planning
charlottetay7 added this to living room
March 15, 2012
bright and open
laurenjake added this to Home Ideas 2012
March 12, 2012
apartment living
annaleib added this to Living Room
March 7, 2012
One accent wall for small room
elledecor added this to elledecor's ideas
March 7, 2012
I could live here
vgaglio added this to vgaglio's Favorites
February 28, 2012
Wall color
lolobunnypeters added this to lolobunnypeters's Favorites
February 27, 2012
Suzanne Simmons added this to Living Room
February 24, 2012
Chocolate colored wall
msswc03 added this to msswc03's ideas
February 22, 2012
side chair/metal, floating shelves
lesliepart2 added this to lesliepart2's Favorites
February 21, 2012
inneke added this to inneke's Favorites
February 19, 2012
Rak teen muur
marierivera added this to ideas for small spaces
February 18, 2012
Great use of space
collins123 added this to collins123's ideas
February 15, 2012
small LR DR
lcochrane001 added this to lcochrane001's Favorites
February 13, 2012
Same layout
bcohane added this to bcohane's Favorites
February 3, 2012
nycdiane added this to Eclectic Living Rooms (for inspiration)
January 27, 2012
Small conversation area.
lalaalcala added this to lalaalcala's ideas
January 25, 2012
cozy work station/nook by the window
justinwang added this to justinwang's Favorites
January 22, 2012
Area rug
tiasteph added this to tiasteph's ideas
January 22, 2012
office living and dining room small space
househappy added this to lynn's
January 18, 2012
love the neutral palate
annieandie added this to small spaces
January 17, 2012
Small space
jillking added this to Lounge
January 14, 2012
Warm natural colours, simplicity of fire place and timber shelving
k_larivera added this to k_larivera's Favorites
January 14, 2012
Good shelving
chaseche added this to chaseche's ideas
January 11, 2012
wall color, note furniture like ours
jeanmargaret added this to jeanmargaret's Favorites
January 11, 2012
Wall color
lfergus1 added this to lfergus1's Favorites
January 7, 2012
Living/dining combo
jhm53 added this to jhm53's ideas
December 28, 2011
Great oom
lldm added this to long narrow LR DR
December 8, 2011
LR, DR and office area in one room
natashanm added this to natashanm's Favorites
December 5, 2011
Similar to our apt
msjennyb123 added this to msjennyb123's Favorites
December 5, 2011
Living room, office, dining room rolled into one
curlygirl219 added this to curlygirl219's ideas
November 29, 2011
calming colors, one accent wall, multi-use pieces
jxplorer added this to jxplorer's ideas
November 28, 2011
cozy and white
ellengrant added this to ellengrant's ideas
November 25, 2011
White on white
annlaustin added this to annlaustin's Favorites
November 22, 2011
Small space
babydizoll added this to babydizoll's Favorites
November 17, 2011
Brown wall
joimaki added this to joimaki's Favorites
November 14, 2011
White walls dark floors. Cozy feeling.
Thina Nsindane added this to Stairway
November 11, 2011
rulz added this to Thompson
October 26, 2011
Have cushion s made
peggyspictures added this to CR 251
October 23, 2011
Small space
bellaheureuse added this to living room
October 23, 2011
lowness of ceiling works here, clean wooden furniture, winter light works well w/color scheme, general good vybes
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October 22, 2011
book shelf behind table
anderverhaal added this to anderverhaal's ideas
October 12, 2011
mooi gezellig
riandito added this to riandito's Favorites
October 2, 2011
Small rook
rubyw added this to rubyw's Favorites
September 24, 2011
Looks beautiful but doesn't look like it would cost me thousands and thousands to recreate.
anoukpantoufle added this to Color
September 15, 2011
Love the color of the wall
methiamel added this to methiamel's Favorites
September 15, 2011
Brown wall
jianghuaner added this to jianghuaner's scrapbook
September 14, 2011
double hung windows.. I just can't seem to find them where I am.
remodernchicago added this to remodernchicago's Favorites
September 7, 2011
Like: details, room setup, mixture of vintage and modern
scottygams added this to Brownstone
September 3, 2011
Accent wall
carlys added this to hyder
September 3, 2011
Narrow layout
poonam68 added this to poonam68's ideas
September 2, 2011
White textured wall
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