I adore a small home. There are practical reasons. Less to clean leaving more time to live. But what I really love are the not so practical or obvious aspects of living in a small space. A small space can inspire its inhabitants to be creative and innovative with use of space. By creating multipurpose rooms, a family or couple will interact on a daily basis rather than retreating to separate rooms. By necessity, you will edit what you buy and own. When living in a large house I tend to fill it up, never get rid of anything and begin to feel overwhelmed by my “stuff”.
The homes featured in Architectural Digest are beautiful, artistic and awe inspiring but what really turns me on is when I see someone fit a queen sized bed, walk in closet and a dining area in a studio apartment.
There is inspiration everywhere. Bakoko (Tokyo design studio) architects renovated a 400 square foot apartment, the Matsudo Mansion. The pic above shows how they turned a closet into a modern workspace. You can see more of this apartment here.
We can all learn something from small space design. If you don’t have a small home, you surely have a small room that needs attention or a great room that needs to serve more than one purpose.