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  • An Innovative New York Apartment Under 500 Square Feet


    Innovative Design

    If you think living in New York means tight spaces and high rents, you're right. But this innovative apartment takes it to another level. Somehow, the builders were able to fit a kitchen, bathroom, loft bedroom, home office and storage in this 500 sq ft space!

    Modern Loft Living

    The key to this smart design is using vertical space. There is a built-in wooden core that holds the kitchen and bedroom spaces. 

    Modern wall sconces and clean modern furniture help conserve space. The stairs leading up to the loft bedroom contain a storage drawer in each stair. No space was left unused. 

    Micro Living

    This innovative interior design allows the small apartment to function like a much larger space in a very small footprint.

    Images: Toxel

  • Modern Architecture: Tree Houses


    Modern Architecture

    Do you have a fascination for modern tree houses? We do! So we've rounded up a few of our favorites. This is where we wish we could spend our weekend...

    These tree houses, from around the world, aren't for kids, they're real modern architecture, in trees!

    Sometimes when life gets a little challenging, I think we would all love to escape to deep in the forest and hide in a tree house.

    These tiny homes add a whole new meaning to 'bringing the outdoors in', are we right?!

    Images: Yatzer, Fresh Home, Links & Things, Cush Design Studio, Free Spirit Spheres, Apartment Therapy

  • Cool Small Homes


    Cool Small Home

    Image from Apartment Therapy

    A few months back, Apartment Therapy handed out awards for Small Cool 2014, their 10th annual awards for small homes. With dorm room season just around the corner, we thought it'd be worth looking at the smallest of these nominees (500 sq. ft. or less) for some tips on student living. 

    Vertical Expression

    Tall furnishings, drapes and architectural features can appear to "raise" ceilings, effectively enlarging the room such as this look in Tiffany and Allan's entry (also pictured at the top of this post).

    Small Room Big Drapes

    Image from Apartment Therapy

    Pick a Color and Stick to It

    Matte, monochromatic walls and matching furnishings have a tendency to recede into the background, opening the room up. It's also worth mentioning that sofas, like the one pictured in Laura's place above double, as a bed in a snap.

    Monochromatic Small Space

    Image from Apartment Therapy

    Modern Sofa BedReggae Lugano Anthrocite Sofa Bed

    Layer Your Lighting

    In small rooms just as in large, layered lighting is fundamental. Unfortunately when space is minimal, there isn't that freedom to place a table lamp here, floor lamp there. 

    Hanging pendant lights however allow you to brighten particular areas in layers, as Amandine has done in the photo above. We also love to use modern wall sconces, which can provide a small dose of task lighting for the kitchen or bedside.

    Hanging Pendant Lights

    Image from Apartment Therapy

    Lastly, whether it's windows mirrored furniture or a simple coffee table, glass is indispensable in small spaces. Transparent glass allows for longer sight-lines across spaces, while mirrored furnishings, by their reflective quality, can actually double the appearance of sight-lines across a space. When possible, use glass well and use it often! 

    Images: Apartment Therapy

  • Modern Landscape Lighting


    Landscape Lighting

    Image from Narofsky Architecture

    Day or night, your modern outdoor space should be the welcoming element for your home design. However, it's a little harder to see at night and that's where great landscape lighting comes in handy.

    This top image has beautiful flowers, healthy grass and growing trees. Luckily, the designer didn't leave out the important detail of modern LED landscape lighting, so the trees can be lit at night and also indirectly lighting the pathway.

    Outdoor Spot Lighting

    Image from Bill Bocken

    Spot lighting is great for accenting your outdoor decor, like the pots in this image above. The accent candles and fireplace are beautiful, but the lights behind the pots add sophistication through attention to detail.

    Indoor Garden

    Image from Window World

    If you're one of the lucky few who has an indoor garden, don't forget landscape lighting is important here as well. It highlights different areas of the garden and really makes it the 'wow' factor it should be.

    Images: Narofsky Architecture, Bill Bocken, Window World

  • Stylish Modern Home Under 500 Square Feet


     Modern Home

    The key to creating a designer space, even when there is no space, lies in the details. This modern Los Angeles home was designed brilliantly by considering every square inch and how to use them wisely.

    The large white pendant might be one of the most important elements in the space. It helps define the dining room. When smaller spaces are defined within a larger room, it helps the home to remain clean, uncluttered and in the end, look larger.

    Modern Kitchen Design

    The color white is also an important factor in the lighting, modern furnishings and wall color. While a darker color might help the room seem more intimate and ultimately smaller, white help the room feel more spacious and clean.

    Modern Living Room Design

    Modern furniture selections are important, for example choosing a TV console that isn't too deep so it doesn't extend too far from the wall. Hanging the TV also helps to free up the space on the console. 

    Notice all the extra seating are items such as poufs and accent pillows, which can easily be piled when not in use. Brilliant.

    Floor Plan

    The homeowner’s secret to designing this space?... “Carefully choosing which pieces you want to keep and which ones need to go. When you are working with such a small space, one must be incredibly selective.”

    Images: Apartment Therapy

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