Category Archives: small spaces

Inexpensive Design Trick: Three Vertical Mirrors

I saw this and immediately thought, genius!

three vertical mirrors in dining space via Arianna Belle Blog

Three full length mirrors placed side-by-side to add height, impact and spaciousness. The vertical lines of the mirrors draw the eye up and make the space feel taller. The reflections of the mirrors duplicate distance, depth and light, visually expanding the space to make it feel larger and brighter.  Such a smart design trick. Love also that this can easily be recreated on a budget!

image: Hilary Swank’s New York apartment, photography by Bruce Katz 2002
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Double Duty Piece

Pieces that do double duty are so great for small spaces. This piece below, a bookcase turned on its side with a cushion on top, doubles both as a place to store favorite books as well as extra seating.  So clever!

image credit: sous style by pippa
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Short on Space?

Do like Kelly and use a hanging organizer like this one:

The pockets are a good size for jewelry and other small accessories and they’re clear so you can quickly see what you have. Overall it takes up little room – perfect for small spaces!

image credit: the glamouri
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Secretary Desks

Secretary desks are so great for adding some function to a little corner.  They provide plenty of concealed storage and the hinged desktop surface can be folded up when not in use.


image credits: 1- domino, 2- domino, 3- eddie ross, 4- via habitually chic,, 5- via french by design, 6- lonny mag, 7-via gunkelman flesher, 8- hickory chair, 9-domino, 10- domino
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Bathroom Shelving

Adding shelves in the bathroom can be a great small space solution. They allow you to maximize storage by utilizing vertical wall space, and they provide a great spot for extra towels, soaps, toilet paper, other bath products, and decorative objects:

image credits: 1- photography by douglas friedman , 2- design by heather garrett, 3- design by laura cattano 

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Concealed Bedroom Storage

The newest issue of House Beautiful, particularly the above bedroom by designer Barry Dixon, reminded of a great space solution: built-ins surrounding the bed and hidden behind beautiful curtains.

The above bedroom is by designer Adrienne Neff.  She used California Closets custom units to create one side with hanging rods and drawers below, plus a tie rack; and the other side with shelves and vertical hanging space for dresses.  Shelves above the bed provide a space for off-season clothing.  The side storage is concealed with felt cutains suspened from a track, while the shelves above the bed are concealed with a linen-blend roman shade.  The custom headboard, the rich chocolate brown paint that matches the shelving, and the swing arm sconces, keep it from having a “living in a closet” feel.

This bedroom is by Sherry and John of Young House Love. They used  two Ikea wardrobes on either side of the bed.  One for her, one for him, each customized with drawers and rods and hidden behind white curtains hung high. A valance gives it a finished effect and makes it feel like the bed is tucked into a built-in nook.

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Small Space Solution: Bookcases as Dividers

Using a bookcase as a room divider is a great solution for those of us who don’t have an entire room to dedicate as an office, but still want to carve out a little dedicated space.
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room divider - domino via deptoftheinterior.blogspot
image credits: 1-living etc., 2-domino
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Home Tour: Leah Balderson

Canadian House and Home’s latest issue featured five “small and smart spaces”, my favorite of which was this glamorous little condo. It’s home to Leah Balderson, owner of a Peridot, a decorative homewares store, and was decorated with the help of Tamara Wouters.


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The neutral palette is soothing and allows the home to feel spacious and uncluttered. The bleached floors are a casual element that give it a bit of a beachy vibe.
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This home is un-apologetically feminine and glamorous. There are a lot of beautiful details like the glass leaf chandelier and the gold louis chairs upholstered in script fabric.
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The bedspread looks incredibly plush and the bedframe has such beautiful ornate detail.
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The mosaic bust, decorative pillows, and gold Morroccan light fixture add sparkle. The light placed underneath the unique nail-head nightstand creates a warm glow.
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