Photo stylist Juan Carlos Garcia-Lavin lives in a one-bedroom, two-bath apartment apartment in Manhattan that feels much larger than its less than 1,000 square feet size. His years as a photo stylist have obviously taught him some tricks to make his modest home look larger.
Through the years, Garcia Lavin has moved from a stark modern aesthetic to something more cozy that still maintains its modern integrity. Still, he prefers white walls to allow his art work to pop. Besides taking advantage of light that streams in from his large windows and increasing the door way heights to stretch to the ceiling, here are a few other tricks Garcia-Lavin employed to make his space more functional.
By placing the furniture away from the walls and in the center of the room, the space is more conducive to having visitors wander around and through it. Without furniture placed directly against walls he has more wall space to display his ever expanding art collection.
He also repurposed the space to make it better suit his needs. Since he combined two small apartments into one, the extra kitchen was converted into his home office. By stretching up rather than out, he is able to keep his work area confined to a relatively small space.
For more images and information about Garcia-Lavin's home, visit Elle Decor.
(Image credits: Simon Upton / Elle Decor)