Today on the SHOW:
Small Space Decorating, The Falcon and chatting about our "TV studio"
Below are some pics that illustrate the point of how you can make the most of your home even when it's square footage challenged. Architect Philippe Harden's loft is appox 613sf. The high ceiling definitely helps to give it a more open feel, but the creative use of space and smart storage solutions, along with keeping the place neat, organized and clutter free make for some beautiful results.
Small space living has been part of my life my whole life.
The biggest place I've ever lived in is my current home, 1,200sf on a good day. I have had clients where my whole house could fit into their maser bathroom. It's fun to design all kinds of spaces and for me, it's the thrill of problem solving regardless of square footage. People I have worked with essentially come to me with the similar design/lifestyle issues regardless of their size of home.
I feel really fortunate to live in my house and also to have almost as much outdoor space as indoor. In Southern California, it's true livable square footage almost all year round.
It looks like I may be moving East (NYC) later this year and I am fully aware of what this will mean, aside from the fact that it will be beyond AWESOME AWESOMENESS, I will have to down size my living even further. I'm good with that. I am actually looking forward to it. The idea of minimizing my stuff, finding creative storage solutions and multiple uses for space as well as creating a feeling that I live in a great hotel room, ALL appeal to me.
So, today's friday5 is small space decorating ideas.
I get a ton of e-mails asking for them. No matter how many shows or articles I do, it's still one of my top three frequesntly asked questions, "What do I do in a small space? How do I make it look bigger and how do I fit all my stuff?" I think one of the answers some people are looking for is "You don't have to get rid of anything and your home will still look open and airy and you can magically create tons of extra square footage with building on just by doing this......."
One of the toughest things to master is de-cluttering and organizing. It just has to happen. No way around it. It's always part of the equation in design, even is large rooms, but it is at the forefront of creating your space in small rooms. No magic bullet.
There are definitely great solutions:
And the list goes on and on...
BUT, first and foremost--We have to organize and de-clutter. I have only a few months to get that going before trekking out East. I may be my toughest client yet.
Enjoy the friday5 on small space decorating.