My co-worker Andy and his wife recently moved into the top level of a duplex, and when he showed a few of us some photos of his new digs, we became instantly jealous. Taking full advantage of the sweeping hillside views and greenery from an entire wall of windows, they created a wonderfully open, comfortable home despite the small space and their impressive book and music libraries. With one big room, they've created different areas to relax, work, and eat...not to mention, nap in a hammock! Check out a few more photo below...
This was taken from the corner with what we surmised as the "landing pad of relaxation"--although, there's quite a few of those. Their home is a good mix of vintage finds (Plycraft lounge chair in a reddish-brown leather, roll top desk), a few Ikea staples (storage bench on the far left, the red side table, a few light fixtures), and sturdy pieces (the Crate and Barrel dining table and benches). Their secret to designating areas: a mix of Oriental and modern striped rugs. The hammock stretches between the two pillars with enough room that it doesn't hit anything when in use.
With space at a minimum but comfort being key, they have two smaller sofas at an L configuration--rather than one big one--to create a cozy space around the fireplace.
(Images: Andy Doe)