Small Home Ideas from Big Homes

Small Space Inspiration

The interiors designed by Phoebe Howard aren't generally in small homes. In fact, they're pretty opulent, large spaces. But, looking through her portfolio, we saw a few small home ideas to steal from these "less"-than-small homes:

1. Mixing Living and Dining: Seating at the dining table is provided by a mix of upholstered settee and dining chairs. The mix is taken even further with a side table and table lamp. We can imagine doing this in a space where there isn't space for sharp distinction between living and dining.

2. Openness in the Kitchen: Reflective open shelves and a mirror over the sink keep the kitchen feeling open, which can be important for a small space. Plus, the reflective surfaces bounce light and motion around, adding depth to the room.

3. Infinity Mirrors: Placed opposite one another, mirrors will create an effect of endless space — almost like a view through a very long room. We think it adds a bit of architectural character and, of course, repetition.

4. Minimize Borders: The monotone coloring of this beautiful bedroom takes the emphasis away from constraining borders. Doing this in a small room calms the eye and keeps things from getting too busy.

5. Mirrors again!: The use of mirror in this cabinet's doors is an awesome way to make a small space open up. Almost looks like a window with the beautiful scroll work in front of it.

Need more inspiration from Phoebe Howard? See PhoebeHoward.net.

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.