Blogging Small Space Big Style: Episode 411

Blogging Small Space Big Style: Episode 411

Janel Laban
Jan 29, 2007

Episode 411 took us to Brooklyn, SF, Toronto and Chicago.

James Klein and David Reid (of KleinReid) have lived in their 700 sq. foot Williamsburg Brooklyn apartment for 13 years (kitchen shown above). Their place looks great. They talked about "controlled clutter", living with objects for inspiration and how their practice of "new in" meaning "old out" has developed over time. Our favorite bit of advice from this segment was really well illustrated by James and Davids' place: don't shy away from big scale pieces in a small room. Their apartment looks far larger than it's square footage.

Brooklyn continued:

James hung this collection of framed thrift store bought paint by number pieces as wallpaper. The wall to wall, mondrian-like pattern of the pieces looks amazing.

Other good ideas from David and James: The metal decorative screen on wheels and the below-bookshelf electronic cabinet with bi-fold doors.

San Francisco:

This cypress countertop with the rough edge was easily our favorite part of Liz Clausen's apartment. The natural edge and warm wood were a really good counterpoint to the stainless steel used throughout the small kitchen area.


Bev and Jack have a super minimal yet warm retreat on a lake in Canada. Their main cottage holds their four grown children and their families, so the couple worked with architect Michael Taylor and cabinet makers to create this one room 275 square foot getaway up the hill. There are full walls of glass with wooden slatted privacy screens that still allow for the view and plenty of natural light. The green planted roof is really well done, keeping the roof of the small cabin from marring their neighbors view of the lake and protecting the membrane from harsh weather conditions.


Artist Krista Peel gave a tour of her 650 square foot Chicago apartment. Her goals for the space: she wants it to be "cozy, fun" and gregarious in its use of color. We love that she opened her segment by rolling up on her bike (with a helment-yay!) and that she moved her bike right on in for the shoot. Krista's 2-d work hangs throughout the space and the miniature rooms that she creates in boxes are also shown in her studio. In the photo above she is transitioning her work studio into it's other function as a dining room.

Good ideas from Krista: Ask your landlord right away if you can paint - they might say yes! and put as much furniture as you can on wheels to make rearranging easy (she changes the layout of her place several times a year).

Next Episode (#310): will feature small spaces in California and NYC. It will air Thursday February 1, at 5:30 Central on HGTV.

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