Our 2011 U.S. winner, Jordan, lives in this sun-drenched 460 square foot apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. When revealing what she loves about her home, she describes a triple threat — a near perfect combination of light (lots of it), location (one stop outside Manhattan) and most importantly, an infusion of a "welcoming and restorative" vibe.
The small home is filled with personal touches that pop the sense of comfort and personality up a level — a vintage portrait over the stove, mismatched lamps and cozy throws in the living room and a great mini collection of classic chairs. (Which is something this entry has in common with our International winner's home.)
Jordan's biggest challenge is one that most small space residents can relate to — a lack of storage. With just one closet she's had to get creative and therefore, most of her home is populated with pieces that have drawers or shelves (even the bed!), which do the job of keeping the clutter under control so she and her guests can focus on enjoying the sunny space.
Our International Division winner for 2011 is Lasse, from Arhaus, Denmark. His home is a tidy 688 square foot one-bedroom, with plenty of design features that Apartment Therapy readers love: crisp white walls, wide plank wood floors and a well chosen collection of vintage modern furniture. A major key to this small home's great look? The expertly composed and balanced display of artwork throughout, which turns each wall into a visual treat.
While Lasse says that the biggest challenge for this space was "finding solutions for storage while maintaining a sense of balance", the choices made are smart ones; a long wall of low open cabinetry holds books while providing a surface for display in the dining room and the showstopper of a wooden credenza/media center in the living area.
At Apartment Therapy we've always believed that small homes can be the most inspiring and influential, filled with design ideas and solutions to motivate and educate us all. From teeny tiny studio apartments to compact cottages, we love discovering the homes that really show off just how cool small homes can be.
For the seventh year, Apartment Therapy invites readers from around the world to wow us with their beautiful small spaces and tips for living well in under 1000 square feet. Join in and help make this our best Small Cool contest yet - send in an entry, start choosing your favorites and support your picks by sharing them with your friends.