I'm in Los Angeles this weekend with a full lineup of things to do: Dwell on Design, a guy's room makeover in downtown LA, and an event for the Big Book of Small Cool Spaces at Heath Ceramics on Saturday. From past visits, Apartment Therapy tours, and contests, I know that LA has no shortage of small cool homes, so I thought I'd celebrate the city with a roundup of some great ones.
>> Genevieve and Maxwell's Mid-Century Perch (900 sf): These long, narrow apartments are really common in New York, but you don't see them as much in LA. This couple made great use of the space by dividing the long dining room into seating, storage, and eating areas.
>> Sara Lov's Los Feliz Charmer (500 sf): Round pedestal tables are great space-savers in an eat-in kitchen.
>> Annie's Earthy Nest in Echo Park (700 sf): A collection of small pictures creates one big statement piece on the wall.
>> Matthew and Deb's Collection of Small Finds (700 sf): The home of two collectors, with a neutral color scheme and a shot of pink in the curtains.
>> Matthew Mau's Creative Loft in the Chapman Building (845 sf): I really like the large lamp in the kitchen. It's practical and it anchors the dining table.
>> Scott's Silver Lake Bachelor Pad (595 sf): One of the things I love about our LA tours is how much COLOR you see in these homes.
>> Bryan's Fashionable Statement (650 sf): This is an open plan space, but the architecture of the four poster bed helps to create some division between the sleeping and living areas.
>> Emily and Gregory's Silver Lake Sanctuary (639 sf): Apartment Therapy bloggers Gregory and Emily lived in this stylish space for five years, and they just moved to a new (but still small, cool) home.
>> Sara's Bright on a Budget (550 sf): This is an entrant from last year's Small Cool Contest. Love the pendant lamp over the bed and the slatted bench.
>> Emily & Erick's Trial by
Fire Family (800 sf): Another entry into our Small Cool contest. These orange barstools are fun, and shelving without cabinet doors makes the small kitchen feel more open.