Name: Chris Apollo Lynn Location: Bouldin Creek; Austin, Texas Size: 650 square feet Years lived in: 2.5 years; Rented
Chris Apollo Lynn always smiles when he
speaks. A calming personality, he's equal parts exuberance and enthusiasm,
especially about the city of Austin
and its community. His small apartment in a tiny converted house in South Austin doesn't have expensive furniture, big rooms
or a private backyard, but Chris doesn't need those things, instead combining a
simple style and a make-the-most-of-what-you've-got attitude to create a
welcoming home and a thriving urban garden for entertaining his friends.
I've long admired the ingenuity of Londoners when it comes to small spaces. Their storied city of eight million has housing prices even higher than New York's, which means crafty Londoners often have to squeeze in wherever they can. (Case in point: this 77 square foot apartment on the market a few years ago for $335K.) But young architect Laura Clark really takes the cake. She's managed to create a beautiful home — out of a public restroom.
Name:Sofia Berger Location:
Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York Size:
480 square feet + garden Years lived in: 3 years; rented
Sofia is a banker by day and an aspiring interior designer in the rest of her time. She frequents the hardware stores so often that the employees
know her by name. Her bookcases are stocked with shelter magazines and her
furniture has been decoupaged, reconstructed, upholstered, hacked or built from
scratch. All this and we haven’t even gotten to the garden yet.
One of the revelations of living in a small home is that choosing less square footage doesn't mean you necessarily have to make do with less, just that you need to be super smart about how you organize the space you do have. And, once you go into "storage genius" mode, it tends to have a ripple effect - many tiny homes end up with as much usable storage area as places with a larger footprint, thanks to the space-savvy residents. Here are a few small space storage secrets that will come in handy no matter the size of your home...let's learn from the masters!
I just took our big stroller out of "storage" (i.e. my mom's garage) now that our new baby is ready for it. Can I just say - ugh. It technically folds, but its a pain to do over and over and it is still huge in its folded state. So there it lives - in our dining room - not just a giant eyesore but taking up valuable square footage in our apartment.
If you've been following along with my Design Diary posts, you know that early on in the process
of helping my friend Eleni move from Boston to NYC, I created an inspiration board for her new Upper East Side
apartment. And while doing so gave us
something to shoot for in terms of the design, the reality was that she was
going to need to take many of her existing pieces with her...
Judy Ross has achieved the impossible. She's managed to fit three people — and all of their stuff — into a 600 square foot apartment. And two of those people are children! And her place is neat! And warm, and personal, and welcoming. How does she do it? Judy was kind enough to share her small-space wisdom with us.
The ideal height for TV viewing is in line with eye level in a seated position (and not above the fireplace). A low-profile sofa, as is in vogue in many modern homes, thus begs for a different viewing setup which takes into account the lounger's lower perspective. Here are 10 media consoles and TV stands designed to keep things ergonomically on the down low...
Round rugs can make small spaces look larger, but what if you also have a small budget? There are a lot of country cottage-style finds out there, but if you prefer your rugs sans roosters or fruit, here are six circular options, all under $100.