Small Space Lessons: Floorplan and Solutions from Carlos & April's Quirky Cozy

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Carlos & April's Quirky-Cozy space, brought to us by Small Cool 2013, certainly expresses their unique personalities. But with only 480 square feet, they had to employ certain principles for living in tiny spaces in order to create a home that's full of personality yet not crowded.

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They describe their plan of attack this way:

We've learned to look upwards and keep the floor space as clear as possible (thank you, Apartment Therapy!).
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In addition to the hanging guitars shown in the first picture, the books above demonstrate a clever (and vertical!) storage-as-decor solution that works well in small spaces. We also love the effect of their bold door color, balanced by the white canvas of the rest of the room.

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A white backdrop for bold color serves Carlos and April well in the bathroom as well. What a shower curtain! Note also the strategic small shelf that keeps toiletries handy and prevents them from cluttering the floor.

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We love the subtle but oh-so-clever solution depicted in this picture: the bench over the shoes not only offers a seating spot, but also hides the shoes and, visually at least, keeps them "off the floor."

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No doubt living in a tiny space involves sacrifice. But if our small space lessons have taught us anything it's that necessity is often the mother of very, very cool invention. In Carlos and April's case, they let go of their dining table and now entertain in the forest outside their window!

(Image credits: Apartment Therapy ; Apartment Therapy)