Style Lessons from Today's Small Cool Entries (Vote for Your Favs!)

Style Lessons from Today's Small Cool Entries (Vote for Your Favs!)

Carrie McBride
May 2, 2016
(Image credit: Carrie McBride)

Every home has something to teach and each small home in the Small Cool contest holds lessons and tricks for living well while living small. Below is some wisdom from today's crop of entries including creating a focal point, saying "yes" to a sectional in a small home and fitting in an office.

Take a look at today's entries and vote for your favs!

Coffee Talk

So you don't have room for a dining room in your small studio - steal a corner or nook and set up a little cafe table and chairs like Marcy. A round cafe table can fit in even the smallest of rooms.

Mix It Up

Taking advantage of all the terrific light in this corner, Anna put a larger dining table and a mix of seating in a few styles, including a bench which can get easily tucked under the table if you need the floor space and can also fit three guests in a pinch.

Find Your Focus

Melissa's mobile home is truly tiny and her advice is to "pick one focal point and...then coordinate everything else around it." In her space, she created an eye-catching kitchen backsplash.

Step Up

Jenny's platform bed disguises a lot of storage below. You could even build it to accommodate a trundle for guests.

Joseph & the Bean Stalk

Joseph's home is filled with plants in every room including this fabulous Pothos vine which has climbed up to the sleeping loft. It adds a lot of green and helps draw the eye upward to expand the space.

Measure Up

Don't rule out a large sectional in a small home. Measure it out and pick the perfect spot like Brendan's corner sectional by the windows.


Unless you have a lot of papers to store, a home office doesn't have to be anything more than a small desk to plunk your computer at. Carrie's little nook is a private and serene workspace.

Push the boundaries

Brianne's kitchen island creates a boundary for the room that is slightly larger than the kitchen's footprint. The pendant lights she hung from the pipes above make the island feel like a natural part of the space.

"Smoke and mirrors (or just one really big mirror)"

Rachelle noted her smart use of a huge mirror in her dining room in her entry. It adds grandeur to this modestly-sized space.

If the Shoe Fits

Danielle works in fashion and had to be creative in finding storage for clothing and shoes in her small apartment. Without a true closet, she wisely used her wall space to house her shoe collection.

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