We (family of three) love our cozy home! We downsized a few years ago and managed to carve out a comfortable home out of 430 sq ft. We love the high ceilings, the generous balcony and the working fireplace. We love the stylish 1936 architecture - an ideal base for our favourite wallpapers and textiles designed in the 1930's-40's by Josef Frank. It was important to incorporate our beloved books, various "objets d'art", and old furniture, many of which are family heirlooms. The (folding) bed, sofa and ottoman are just plain IKEA and were chosen for their dimensions and washable covers. We love living on the seventh floor which means tons of light and beautiful sunsets. City life is just around the corner AND we have a stunning view of a vast park outside the windows. Bonus 1: The passing of the Royal horse guards. Bonus 2: The low rent makes it possible to keep a weekend home too! (Things are constantly shipped there, like the piano.)
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
1. Think outside the box. Have a daytime-mode and a night-time mode. (Our living room becomes a bedroom the minute the bed is folded down.) A small space doesn't mean you have to go for the minimalistic Scandinavian style (unless you happen to like it of course). It made a huge difference to paint the cold white walls a soft green (sage?) - it keeps the room together and brings in the nature. Closets were given a coat of paint and now they just blend in. 2. Repurpose things. The odd writing desk became dining table and the antique sewing machine is now tv-stand. The other tv sits on a Billy bookshelf that was trimmed down and screwed up on the wall. 3. Stuff accumulates. Especially if you are a potential hoarder or have a child who does sports. Make sure everything has a designated place and that every member of the household returns whatever-it-is to where it belongs. It is only a matter of minutes to clean the entire apartment, but it's the same the other way round.