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There's an extreme side of everything, and small spaces are no exception. Enter the nano house. Technically speaking, a nano house is 500 square feet and under, but there are more than a few out there that measure less than 200 square feet. And they teach a surprising lesson.
The trick to living smaller, it would seem, is not how to better fit your life into your home--it's how to better fit your home into your life.
Sunset Cabin (above) by Toronto-based Taylor-Smith Architects is a lakeside vacation space. With cedar cladding, this 275 sq. ft. space draws the outside world in and in the process invites the occupants to spend the majority of their time outside. For spaces like this, recessed lighting saves room while centrally located modern ceiling fans can handle all the cooling needs.
Gregory Paul Johnson credits his 140 sq. ft. home (pictured above) for allowing him to save money, lose weight and generally feel happier overall. Specifically speaking, his small space gives him more time and fewer bills. Sounds like a classic example of getting more for less.
Conversely, for a more is more approach, New York designer Zach Motl stuffs his 178 sq. ft. apartment with an artful arrangement of objects he's meticulously collected over the years (pictured below), giving credence to the notion that the more stuff you put in a room, the bigger it feels.
And then of course, there's the smallest home of all: none at all. Tech nerd, writer and perpetual traveler Andrew Hyde claims only a backpack stuffed with 38 other items to his name. He says the absence of possessions leaves him more engaged with the immediate world around him. He appears to have a thing for things orange and green too (below):
If you're considering a small space, a swing arm desk lamp similar to Zach's tucks away neatly when necessary. And while you're at it, you can always incorporate a stylish table lamp similar to his too--the black lamp shade mixes well with a multicolored or monotone spaces alike.
Lights Up! Dasan Ivory with Black Silk Modern Table Lamp, Satin Nickel Adjustable Holtkoetter Desk Lamp
Most of us may not all consider going to the nano extreme, but small spaces are becoming increasingly en vogue as they're often the most viable options, financially speaking, for would-be owners.
Images: Design Buzz, The Cool Hunter, Mother Earth Living, New York Times, Ecouterre
+If you like traditional museums then you might not like this, but we think it's pretty cool. Las Vegas has a neon museum with vintage signage that's pretty eye-catching.
+Architect Magazine has issued their 2012 Annual Design Review and it's definitely worth checking out.
+Dexinger compiled a short list of the best designs of 2012. The list includes architecture, digital, fashion, furniture, graphics, product, transport.
+We don't think you would have found your way to our blog if you didn't love Mid-Century Modern. So, we're happy to share with you the greatest hits Mid-Century design.
+Trust us when we say, you don't know good use of space until you've seen this video. Design students were selected to help with the design of this 350 sq ft apartment in Soho, New York.
There are certain details of a room that can either be overlooked or can make a big statement. One of those details is a modern table lamp. I’m a huge advocate of stylish modern lighting. The right lighting can change the look of a room in the best way. One great thing about a great table lamp is that it creates a nice glow in the evenings, providing a cozy space in your home. And in small spaces, we need those petite items to make big impacts.
To create more lighting in a hallway, try placing a chair and pretty side table in the deep corner. In this hallway (above) the small table is paired with a simple shade lamp. What a great nightlight when the home is dark!
Flight Dark Yellow White Contemporary Table Lamp
I’m absolutely in love with this light! It would look fantastic in a hallway space, or any space for that matter.
Bedrooms are an important room to light up. Bedside lights need to be the right height to allow for perfect nighttime reading. The room above has done a great job by sticking with its modern roots and adding that small round light.
Delta Nickel Smokey Taupe Robert Abbey Table Lamp
This clean and sophisticated lamp would make for a great bedside light. Pairing two on either side would be striking!
If you are looking for a little more drama in your space, look for lamps that are taller in height. You can find one that is large in width for extra va va voom or keep it simple and find one that is skinnier, to fit in less space.
Lite Source Directeur Dark Bronze Tripod Table Lamp
This “movie set” like lamp is super industrial and will add some Hollywood style to your space.
What's your favorite lamp style?
Images: Emma Designblogg, The Design Files, Remodelista, April & May
Colorful and cozy are where it's at for January! And this Apple Green Glass George Kovacs Pendant (below) provides both with its soft curves and splash of green. Ms. Colorful & Cozy would love to hang it in her kitchen for that extra kick on cold winter mornings as she makes her breakfast.
Nearby, you can find the Retro Turquoise Metal Round Wall Clock (below). The art-like piece keeps our girl on time as she dashes out the door to the office or dinner, and provides a sweet pop of color wherever she hangs it – from the kitchen to the bathroom to the hallway!
Ms. Colorful & Cozy loves to spend an evening on the couch under a blanket... catching up on her magazines of course! The Zuo Purse Magazine Rack (below) in transparent red keeps all of her subscriptions organized in style and at arms reach.
The Yelena Polished Steel Lite Source Floor Lamp (above) in yellow glass is perfect to light up a dark living room corner. These short winter days give Ms. Colorful & Cozy an excuse to settle in for a night of television and hot chocolate by the fire under its warm glow.
Piping hot tea and the morning paper play a big role in Ms. Colorful & Cozy's daily routine, and she loves to enjoy both at her kitchen table. This set of four Zuo Modern Scope Dining Chairs (above) in red bring a smile to her face each and every time she sees them, and make her look forward to mornings that much more!
If you are lucky enough to have a bar or large kitchen island in your home, then you know what I am talking about... Bar stools are like extra seating that take up almost no space. There are some fantastic and super stylish bar stools out there. I especially love the modern and minimal designs.
Here are three of my favorite bar stools that I would be happy to have in my home.
1. Wire Chrome Finish Bar Chairs: The wire bar stool has such a classic but modern feel. The wire frame makes it seem like it takes up even less space because you can see through it. Genius, right?
2. Black Leatherette Chrome Hitchcock Bar Stools: The clean lined modern and minimal design that makes a subtle statement. I love the shape of the legs and it definitely looks comfortable to me!
3. Black Finish Lola Barstools: This simple cut out frame is perfect and really adds a special something to the space. Love it!
Image: Apartment Therapy
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