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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. 

Vacation Small Home

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.  

Modern Mobile Home

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.

Zach Motl Miniature Apartment

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):

Living Small

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.

Modern Desk Lamps

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 HunterMother Earth Living, New York Times, Ecouterre