Blogging Small Space Big Style: Episode 310

Blogging Small Space Big Style: Episode 310

Janel Laban
Feb 5, 2007

Episode 310 took us to NYC, Santa Monica and Long Beach.

We have to say we are very partial to Alton and Andre's 450 square foot studio in the London Terrace apartments in Chelsea. We first saw their home as an entry in AT's Smallest Coolest Contest 2006 and then again while working on the upcoming AT book, but seeing more of it on video and hearing A&A's charming descriptions of the place was a treat.

Manhattan continued:

Perfect inspiration for bedroom month - a super tiny sleeping alcove is just wide enough to fit a double bed. The custom bed was built tall to accomodate off season storage below. We like that this room, which is essentially a very deep closet, has been decorated - there is an ornate headboard, the shelves are filled with photos and a small side table holds a lamp. These touches make it much more bedroom-like.

Good lighting ideas from Alton and Andre:
They made a chandelier from a gigantic christmas tree topper - they simply rewired it and hung it.

They made an indirect lighting feature in their kitchen by laying florescent tubing along the wall on top of their upper cabinets. They placed their stemware in front to highlight the beauty of the glass and create dramatic, diffused light at night.

Santa Monica:

We have to admit - something about this closet and the thought of all that stuff cataloged made us a little claustrophobic. We'd embrace letting go of some of it rather than figuring out how to fit it all in...but we can admire the super organized plan that Emily followed. She photographed all of her vintage wardrobe items, then organized them in an album by numbers which correspond to the numbered bins.

Long Beach:

Marnie has a 398 square foot studio in Long Beach and she did a renovation to increase the size of her closet! While this at first seems counter productive, she says that she has been able to reduce clutter overall by having this ultra organized space for her belongings. We like that she dressed it up and made it boutique-y by adding a chandelier and that lovely "Malabar" wallpaper by Cole and Sons.


This lovely tiny kitchen is part of a 600 square foot rehabbed apartment in Morningside Heights in NYC. The upper cabinets go up to the ceiling to increase storage, which this family needs. They keep kosher so they have two of nearly everything and it is all neatly tucked away! This inspired us - if they can do it with double we can do it with less - a kitchen cabinet reorg is imminent!

Lauren, Rob and their daughter Sadie live in this railroad flat. Because the rooms lead right into one another with no separate hallway, they created a single long wall of floor to ceiling built in cabinetry across the two adjacent bedrooms. The large lower doors conceal three wardrobes, toys and baby items, a coat closet, a linen closet and a complete home office with desk.

Next Episode (#308): will feature a Richard Neutra home in the Hollywood Hills, a Hancock Park cottage and home tech solutions for small spaces. It will air Thursday February 8, at 5:30 Central on HGTV.

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