Judy Ross' Tips for Living Large
in a Small Space

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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.


First, here's Judy's Ode to White Walls. Keeping the walls white, and incorporating color through textiles and accessories, can make a small space seem much larger. (Bonus: if you're renting, your apartment probably already has white walls anyway.)


When thinking about your small space, it can be helpful to take inspiration from another kind of small space: boats. Boats tend to have lots of built-ins for keeping bits and bobs out of the way — Judy shows how she's done the same thing with her apartment.


Judy's home may be shipshape, but it's also highly personal. She shares some tips for inexpensive ways to display art that you create. We like that the white frames and white mats keep her small bedroom feeling serene.

Love Judy's style and want to see more? We have photo tours of her home and the highly functional room her two boys share right here on Apartment Therapy. And stay tuned for Monday, when we'll have another video from Judy with even more tips for small-space living.

• The Star: Judy Ross is a New York based designer and artist, specializing in home textiles: pillows, rugs, fabric by the yard, bedcovers and wall hangings, and furniture pieces such as stools, cubes and screens. Traveling in India to work as an independent textile designer, she developed a passion for the centuries-old hand embroidery technique known as chain stitch, used by men in the Kashmir region to embellish shawls with traditional paisley and floral patterns. She started by living on a houseboat on Upper Dal Lake while collaborating with the master embroiderers to develop a line of impeccably stitched contemporary wool scarves, and now her products are sold worldwide at high-end stores such as Barneys, Comerford Home, ThreadCount, Hollace Cluny and Lillian August. She lives in Manhattan with her two sons.

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(Images: Jill Slater for Apartment Therapy)

re-edited from a post originally published 7/13/13 - N.M.

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