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!
1. Let’s start with this surfer chic 600 square foot apartment in Brooklyn… see more photos here. [Photo: Apartment Therapy]
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.
1. Float your sofa in the middle of the room and place a tall console table and a few barstools behind it. Or you could swap out the stools for an office chair and use it as a workspace. Genius! Continue Reading
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 kitchen and bathroom. Okay, the bathroom consists of a composting toilet, but still….
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? Continue Reading
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.
Some of the inside cubes are laid off-center to create shelves, small living areas and even steps to move from one level to another. Continue Reading
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!
And here’s the after!
Cost breakdown: Cabinets $80 dollars; writer’s desk (table) $40; glass top $80; thrift store sofa $150; rug $60; chandelier $140; refinished side chair $25; refinished thrift store chair $20; recovered ottoman $20; grasscloth wallpaper $240; curtains $75; paint and supplies $65. Continue Reading
This tiny 330 square foot apartment in Hong Kong, transforms into 24 different rooms!
In Hong Kong, because of the space, apartments are small and expensive. Gary Chang, an architect, decided to design a 344 sq. ft. apartment to be able to change into 24 different designs, all by just sliding panels and walls. He calls this the “Domestic Transformer.”
The wall units, which are suspended from steel tracks bolted into the ceiling, seem to float an inch above the reflective black granite floor.
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.
Meg says it best when she explains: “Since we’re both students, we are able to swap prints with fellow classmates and do a lot of printmaking on our own time. Continue Reading