From the email box last night: a link to an "apartment for two" designed for a young couple by KNQ Associates. Our favorite element of the design (and one we'd love to add to our own apartment) is the foyer, created simply and beautifully out of what was previously blank space as you enter the home - jump below
for the before/after:
Entrance area, before
Entrance area, after
What an amazing difference! A super smart solution for creating a foyer - this design takes up very little space visually, but adds tons of functionality, storage and a sense of architecture to the main living area.
A mirrored closet, small bench and laminated fabric glass panel create another "room" where there was nothing, and while it wasn't a "weekend" project, it is one that is worth the effort and expense for the both the functionality and beauty it adds to a small home.
Some thoughts from the designers: Creating an illusion of space involves more than simply opening up an apartment's interior. Simply dividing a space into different 'pockets' can sometimes give the illusion that it is roomier. Instead of knocking down walls, we proposed to reconfigure the living room entrance by putting up a partition because the original 'open' configuration meant one would walk right into the living room upon entry. The newly carved-out section becomes an inviting foyer and shoe storage area.
Check out the rest of the project by KNQ Associates at their blog, Home Rejuvenation.
Photos: Home Rejuvenation