Have you noticed? There seems to be a small counterculture pushing back against the McMansionization ideals. Small space living is on TV, websites and magazines all over. Petite is neat.
As someone who shares 639 square feet with a significant other and two significantly rascally cats, small space living is something I not only promote, but practice. But living in a small space often comes out of necessity, rather than choice (as was my own case), and it can be a difficult transition from living with an excess of space to a lifestyle dictated by compromise, planning and just plain doing with less. We can all do with some help from time to time, for new ideas and solutions.
And from across the pond comes Sir Terence Orby Conran to the rescue, with his upcoming release How to Live in Small Spaces: Design, Furnishing, Decoration and Detail for the Smaller Home.
Designer, retailer and lifestyle magnate Terence Conran divides his new book into three sections that underline basic design principles that maximize impact in minimal spaces. With room by room breakdown demonstrations of space-saving ideas, storage solutions and strategies for compact layouts specific to each room, the 224 page book seems like a perfect followup to his 2001Terence Conran Small Spaces : Inspiring Ideas and Creative Solutions.
And while you're patiently awaiting the delivery of your pre-ordered Conran tome, check out this great Small Homes Book List compiiled by NPR station KPLU.