A Little Abundance Goes a Long Way

A Little Abundance Goes a Long Way

Sarah Coffey
Apr 22, 2010

We've never really understood the idea that small space living means depriving yourself. We've seen our share of big homes filled with unwanted furniture, garages stuffed with boxes that are never opened until someone moves, and they seem more dismal to us than a bright, well furnished studio apartment. Which is not to say that space itself is bad—it's not really the amount of space that matters, it's how you use it.

Reading Rita Konig's column the other day, we related to her personal story of finding room for abundance in a small space. She talks about filling a wicker basket with San Pellegrino bottles in her New York apartment and the grounded, ordered feeling it gave her.

We've had the same satisfaction, filling a bowl on the table with oranges or devoting a small part of our home to wall-to-wall books. In a small space, room for abundance is so limited that it only makes sense to surround yourself with more of a good thing when it's something you really love or need.

We searched a few small homes from the Apartment Therapy archives, where we found other examples of abundance in small spaces. Click through the links below to see the full tour of each home.


  1. Flowers on the windowsill in Dana's Sydney apartment (1,075 sf)
  2. Abundant artwork in Kim and Scott's Chicago apartment (650 sf)
  3. Rich color and pattern in Laura's live/work New York studio (600 sf)
  4. Stacks of dishes in Annie's Echo Park home (700 sf)
  5. Corner of statuary in Brad and Kendra's Boston apartment (820 sf)
  6. Butterfly display in Trish's Portland home (900 sf)
  7. Candles and palm fronds in Richard's Manila apartment (500 sf)
  8. Throw pillows in Lauren's New York studio (800 sf)
  9. A well-stocked bar in Ariana and Andreas' San Francisco home (800 sf)
  10. Jewelry on display in Tiffany and Jaan's San Francisco apartment (800 sf)

Photos: Dana Hughes, Kim & Scott Vargo, Jill Slater, Beth Zeigler, Wes & Kayla Schwartz, Molly Anderson, Richard Raymundo, Jill Slater, Jessica Watson

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