Living in a Jewel Box: Bill & Richard’s Gorgeously Grand Small Space

published Jun 22, 2012
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My absolute favorite annual issue of House Beautiful comes out next week – it’s all about Small Spaces and never fails to inspire and educate. I just got this amazing sneak peek of a truly wonderful home featured this year – can you believe this is a one-room NYC studio? It’s the shrink-ray version of a grand manor house.

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This is the 640 square foot, single room home of designer Bill Brockschmidt and his partner, Richard. The space is blessed with great bones (especially after the removal of a center wall which orignally separated the now-open main room) and gloriously high ceilings, which allow for a sleeping area above the kitchen and bath.

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These built-in bookshelf stairs lead to the bedroom loft and doubles as both the bar and serving area during dinner parties.

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The stylistically complementary galley kitchen (those are tricked-out IKEA cabinets, btw) lives behind wallpapered pocket doors – they can open it up for entertaining and hide the appliances away for everyday life in this mostly non-cooking household.

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The big takeway here (other than the fact that this mustard color looks so good)? Living small doesn’t mean you have to live as a minimalist! Follow your passions, edit well and the rest will fall into place. It will always be worth it find ways to fit in things you truly love (like a harpsichord!) into your home.

See and read more in the Small Spaces issue of House Beautiful, on newsstands next week.

(Images: House Beautiful)