I love seeing how stylish folks pack a lot of charm into a little space. Designer Gabrielle Savoie recently downsized from 1400 square feet to 515 square feet, but she still managed to fit a plethora of functions — a lounge, workspace, dining room, and even breakfast bar — into her new, much smaller living room. Here are a few lessons to steal from this hardworking space.
Pick furniture that's appropriate to the space.
Since this is a little space that's doing a lot of work, Gabrielle wisely stuck to furniture that is light on its feet. Every piece, besides the sofa and dresser, is very visually light, allowing space to flow through it.
Pick furniture that does double duty.
The bench that serves as a coffee table can also serve as seating, in a pinch. The little occasional table next to the couch can travel around if needed, and Danielle's desk is positioned so that the desk chair can also serve as additional seating in the lounge area.
Stick to a single color scheme, but don't compromise on character.
The color scheme in Gabrielle's living room is very consistent: mostly black and white, with blue accents. But the addition of the two copper barstools makes everything a little more exciting, and the contrast between the black and white is especially dynamic. The whole room is proof that it's possible to squeeze a lot of functions into a little space — without compromising on style.
For more photos of the room (including before & afters!) head over to My Domaine.