Small space doesn't mean small style. In fact, limited square footage often leads to more thoughtful, efficient and savvy decorating. If your giftee inhabites an itty-bitty abode, consider these compact, multi-tasking treasures.
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If you love decorating for the holidays, but the idea of fitting an 8' tree in your tiny apartment seems more fantastic than a visit from Santa, then these ideas for holiday decorations with a small footprint might be just the thing.
Name: Jesica Ryzenberg Location: Alamo Square, San Francisco, California Size: Studio, 450 square feet Years lived in: 1.5 years; Rented
When the door to Jesica's apartment swings open, you are greeted enthusiastically and welcomed in wholeheartedly (even when you happen to show up on the wrong day). The home of the spirited personality behind the fashion blog Ryzenberg On is the perfect example of what happens when you apply an eye for fashion and a knack for bargain shopping to interior design.
Although Christopher loved his new queen-sized platform bed, he had an epiphany one morning while brushing his teeth. It dawned on him that there was a lot of valuable dead air under that bed. If he could just find a way to get under the mattress, it would open up tons of room for storing sweaters and sheets...
Name: Tyler and Lolly Lux Location: Kensington, London, United Kingdom Size: 560 square feet Years lived in: 2 years, rented
The morning of my photo shoot at Tyler and Lolly's west London mews home, the couple were visited by an unexpected guest, in the form of a pigeon who somehow managed to fall down their chimney into the living room. "We woke up and could hear this strange flapping noise" Lolly told me when I arrived several hours later. "I ran upstairs and there were feathers everywhere. Tyler had to throw a blanket over the poor thing and put it out the window."
Q: I've recently moved into a studio apartment with a walk-in closet. The closet is 6 feet by 5 feet... and I would really love to make it into a sleeping nook/very tiny bedroom. But is it possible to find a mattress that will fit in there, much less a bed frame? Any insights/creative ideas would be so appreciated.
In small rooms it just makes sense to "go up" and optimize your vertical space. Faced with the challenge of making better use of a tiny bedroom (7' x 12') in Manhattan, architect Benjamin Marcus conceived a lofted bed structure with stairs and desk and storage below.
I have always been a Christmas person. Even as a child, it wasn't just the presents that made this my favorite holiday. It was the weeks-long build-up and all the traditions along the way. In early December my mom would get out all of the decorations from the attic and we would help her decorate the house, something in nearly every room. The grand finale, of course, was trimming the tree and it was so pleasurable to open the boxes of ornaments - "remember this one? who made that one? oh, my favorite!" Fastforward to adulthood and I've never had a Christmas tree in my own apartment.
Name: Alison Hotchkiss Location: Mission; San Francisco, California Size: 700 square feet Years lived in: 3 years; Rented
Event Planner Alison's home is a reflection of her finely honed aesthetic, cultivated both by years in the wedding and event industry and her travels throughout the world. When quizzed on her resources she was as likely to drop the name of an exotic locale as a big box store.